Knee Bouncers
June 25, 2008 7:41 PM   Subscribe

Knee Bouncers: something fun for the itty bitty ones.

It's come up a few times in AskMe answers, but I thought it was worth bringing to a wider audience. My toddler can't get enough if it.
posted by Pater Aletheias (25 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Bouncers." "Itty bitty."

Yeah, I thought this was about something else.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:03 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's charming but I wish they'd gotten "Mary Had A Little Lamb" right (they are missing one note) and I wish the guitar strings were at least consistent between notes (so the same note appeared on the same guitar).

Tiny, yes, but kids notice these things, that's the point!
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 8:04 PM on June 25, 2008


This is awesome, and I am so passing it on, thank you!
posted by headspace at 8:20 PM on June 25, 2008


My daughter has been playing with this site for the last eight months or so. It's now haunting my dreams.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:24 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Definitely more fun than than the spreadsheet I'm supposed to be doing.
posted by nudar at 8:34 PM on June 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


than than

and that's why I work on teh spreadsh33t, and not teh word procezza
posted by nudar at 8:42 PM on June 25, 2008


Interesting... I'm bookmarking this for my 4 year old. Just to share, these are his favorites, in order:
Nick Jr
Daniel Cook's Playroom
Boohbah Zone
Noggin Games
Singing Horses
And Riven, the game (not a website).

If there's anything good we're missing, let us know... he'll appreciate it I'm sure.
posted by crapmatic at 9:00 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is sponsored by keyboard manufacturers or something, right?
posted by pompomtom at 9:00 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is sponsored by keyboard manufacturers or something, right?

Well, I can wait to get home and try this out on my 2-year old, because there ain't nothing he loves more than banging random keys on the keyboard.
posted by Jimbob at 9:07 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh and this is the kind of site that, undoubtedly, people without toddlers will think "What is this lame, simplistic Flash crap", and people with toddlers will think "OMG best thing evar!".
posted by Jimbob at 9:08 PM on June 25, 2008


Actually, people without toddlers think "This could be cool... in case I'm a scoob past dealing with desktop tower defence...."

Apparently.
posted by pompomtom at 9:18 PM on June 25, 2008


Random key bashing sounds like the perfect UI for toddlers, but when I'm watching kitties on YouTube with my daughter I usually break out a spare keyboard that isn't plugged in as a decoy - she's able to do the weirdest stuff to the computer that I've no idea how to do just by randomly bashing away.

Anyway, this will be extensively tested tomorrow. If "kitties" aren't demanded after 30 seconds I will consider that success.
posted by Artw at 9:26 PM on June 25, 2008


she's able to do the weirdest stuff to the computer that I've no idea how to do just by randomly bashing away.

I installed this program called "Pixel Whimsy" - a psychedelic drawing program where moving the mouse around and basing keys will produce weird patterns and drawings. The program includes an exit-lock function - when you run the program, it runs full screen and you have to enter a specific key combination to exit out of it back to Windows.

..My lad consistently, when playing Pixel Whimsy, manages to completely kill the entire system and bring it to it's knees, requiring a hard reboot.
posted by Jimbob at 9:29 PM on June 25, 2008 [3 favorites]


And Riven, the game (not a website).

Wait, that's for toddlers? I could never get past the first three or four puzzles. Before, I felt like I must have below-average intelligence. Now I feel like a complete and utter moron.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:56 PM on June 25, 2008


I did this for three hours...really.
posted by wsg at 11:01 PM on June 25, 2008


What is this lame, simplistic Flash crap.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:07 PM on June 25, 2008


Hmm, Jimmy. I think it might be intended for some sort of small, less developed humans.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:33 PM on June 25, 2008


Goodnight Moon Sucks
posted by Artw at 11:48 PM on June 25, 2008


I and my nipper greatly prefer Poisson Rouge. It's a bit less brain-melting for the grownups.
posted by bokeh at 3:28 AM on June 26, 2008


My <1-yr. old hammered for a second then wanted to run around exploring again. He notoriously has the attention span of a mosquito.

So in other words, he'll be perfect on Metafilter in a few years.
posted by artifarce at 4:45 AM on June 26, 2008


Hey, whaddaya mean? The attention span of a... a... wait, what was I gonna say? What were we talking about? Oh, LOOK! Peek-a-boo! Funny faces! That's funny!!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:27 AM on June 26, 2008


A warning that the site makes loud obnoxious noises upon loading would be appreciated for those who want to avoid the embarrassment I just endured in my quiet office, when whoopee-whistles and cartoon sound-effects started screaming out of my computer.
posted by BeerFilter at 6:11 AM on June 26, 2008


Crapmatic: You're missing what is, in my view, the best website on the internet for kids that age and the only one I actually pay for because my kids enjoy it so much (though the free version is fine), Up To Ten. You want the Boowa and Kwala section for your four year-old.
posted by The Bellman at 6:50 AM on June 26, 2008 [1 favorite]


Daniel Cook's Playroom

Holy crap... for a second there I read that as "Dane Cook's Playroom", and was about to call social services on you for exposing your child to that. Nobody should be exposed to that.
posted by inigo2 at 6:52 AM on June 26, 2008


Darn it. I thought this was going to be a post about sewing-machine-leg syndrome. I was actually bouncing my knee rapidly as a read the post title. Why why why!
posted by Askr at 7:46 AM on June 26, 2008


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