When I first went into playing this game I thought, "What kind of sick and twisted mind would have children play a game where they see animals trapped in glass jars inside closed lockers?" I was outraged I tell you.
Then I realized the object of the game is actually to set them free.
So Justine Cooper is off the hook and the Queensland Art Gallery isn't made up of monsters in human suits after all.
Cute game for littlies aged around 4 - 7. But hey. I've been playing it for 2 hours.
I've just found a kid's game site that's really very quaint, with cheerful music and colours to match. I find some kids' sites are very dark/edgy with noise effects that do not settle easily on the ears.
I'm a sucker for a good stick figure. Ben, my son, has directed me to a very cool stick figure activity, where you can send dancing figures to your friends, with music and sound effects too.
The link is an offshoot of a Disney production High School Musical. My kids really enjoyed this movie whilst I cringed a lot with the sugary-ness of it. That's probably because I'm cynical and jaded, and they simply relate to an innocent story about teenagers.
So here's where to find some groovy stick figures:
A great online art game for kids has been launched by the Queensland Art gallery in collaboration with one of Japan's most significant contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama.
Kusama has suffered since childhood with depersonalisation syndrome, which induces a heighted, dreamlike state of unreality and disconnection from one's self and the world. Kusama's visual art is mostly dominated by vibrant polka dots, which to adults communicate the hallucinations she has endured most of her life; but, being simple, playful and familiar, they conveniently double as a means of engaging children in a hands-on learning environment.
If stick figures figure largely in your unconscious as the beautifully simple reps. of childhood that they are, I advise that you should look at more of them.
Perhaps you see them as simple but beautiful representations of - um -anything. Let's not be too precious about art - it had humble beginnings. From the dawn of time, sticks have been in. For many kids, it's their primary artform.
Sticks and maths? Well no, not really. A stick game is found in a link called Arcade Games on www.funbrain.com . There, you can do a great and silly game using stick drawings. You have to progress through a level (maybe 2?) but it's fun and skill levels are built in.
On top of this, if you want your kids to get some cool things happening with maths and other subjects, this is a good site.
My 10yr and "7 turning 8"yr olds' have approved and given the thumbs up. It's for primary/middle school age kids.
Here's a great site for kids if you want to introduce them to simple concepts around total lunacy. Includes games, character sketches and so much more! American humour and fairly masculine in orientation. Good fun. Here it is - the fabulous Home Star Runner!