ABC's & 123's and My Animal Friends, part of the Giggles series Leveractive introduced last year, encourage babies to touch or bang on the keyboard by making things happen on the screen when they do. You can also place your toddler's hand on the computer mouse and then cover it with your own to make things happen. Because the software responds to every touch on the keyboard or mouse, it creates a simple cause-and-effect learning situation.
With Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby – ABC's & 123's, parents choose from 14 different activities accompanied by 50 songs. The activities show young children, in amusing and animated ways, what numbers and letters look like.
While one of the activities simply shows a large colorful letter or number if that corresponding key is tapped on the keyboard, most activities are more whimsical. In one, Flopsy, the mascot dog of the series, giggles as he contorts his body into the shape of numbers from 1 through 10. Each time any key is tapped, he changes his shape.
In another activity, the letters of the alphabet and numbers swoosh down a slide. Babies can also encourage animated versions of the letters A, B, and C to dance by tapping any key. In this activity, the cursor on the screen becomes tap shoes that dance whenever the mouse is clicked. All of these activities can be explored in both English and Spanish.
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