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Lucky Kat World

Lucky Kat World

Spring 2015 Website
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Publisher: Lucky Kat World

This extensive edutainment website for kids, grades K-5, is overflowing with games, puzzles, brainteasers, and activities that promote not only fun and thinking skills, but make a point of emphasizing the values and behaviors of good character throughout.

Kids start by choosing an avatar from 16 Lucky Kat cartoon characters, then head into what initially can be the overwhelming animated environment of Katalina Island and other game-filled destinations where they sample a wide array of learning activities.

The big challenge is where to begin. At the Katalina Pier, kids will find a huge assortment of electronic games, many of them simplified versions of classic videogames. Kopy Kat is a pared-down version of the memory-skill game Simon. Gobs of Gumballs is a simplified Tetris game. There are remakes of the classics Asteroid and Bubble Shooter, among others. Like most of them, Rat Race (race your ball against another ball to reach the end of a maze) and the Ferris Wheel (memory matching game in motion) practice not only fine motor skills but basic problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Kids can navigate through even more games and activities on Katalina Island--arcade games at Retro Bill's Funhouse, the D.A.R.E HQ (safe and drug-free activities), the Bowling Ali, the Katalina Photo Booth. Katalina U is filled with educational games aligned with main school subjects-art, math, science, geography and language arts. Players can spend the coins and rewards they collect from games toward creating their own "Katville Island." And they can head over to the Cruise Ship for an entirely different set of activities, many of them environmentally focused and providing ecological information as well as fun. Stars they earn there go toward unlocking even more to explore on the Seven Continents.

Lucky Kat World promotes itself as a safe environment for kids, one that never collects personal information from them, doesn't enable them to interact or communicate with other players, and doesn't have third-party links. While Lucky Kat World has no advertisements, it does feature the LK Store selling "GCRules" (Good Character Rules) mugs, t-shirts, posters, DVDs and gift cards.

Parents looking for a safe and fun online world for their children should take a look at Lucky Kat World-first through the free limited access since it's not inexpensive. While many of its games are recognizable remakes or some of the same kinds (though probably more) of activities you'll find on other kids' websites, what sets this one apart is its good character agenda that sends positive pro-social messages about good character traits and good behavior-all designed to help instill good self esteem, fair play, positive attitudes and good citizenship.

Don Oldenburg   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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