Have Fun with Fungooms
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Recently I stumbled across Fungooms and wanted to tell you about it. At Fungooms.com, each Fungoom character has a studio, where kids can try different activities. For instance, in Looe's studio, kids can change Looe (starry head dress character in top screen grab image) to make a different-looking Looe - an avatar that can be printed out. You can check out the new Looe I created, below left.
The Fungooms website reminds me of Poisson Rouge in some ways - it's a nice place for kids to explore with their parents and giggle over things together. There are ads but they aren't intrusive. The music is gentle, relaxing. There are no directions, just an implied invitation for kids to explore, experiment and create.
You can find out more about Fungooms via the video below.
If you're interested in websites that encourage creativity and target pre-schoolers, you might like to read:
Create with Fish - Poisson Rouge
Preschool Learning - The Play School Website
Playing with Art at CBeebies