Although the television series Caillou came to an end in October 2010 after 15 years, the show still lives on in reruns and, of course, online games.
Kidzui makes it easy to find and play these online Caillou Games with their free, kid-safe web browser. By simply typing “Caillou” into the search box, your kids will find lots of free Caillou games to explore.
The ultimate online Caillou experience is the same at both Caillou.com and the PBS Kids site. There’s an immersive online world that offers kids a chance to seemingly play alongside Caillou in games that are at first accessible for even the youngest computer users, but progress in difficulty to challenge older kids.
Each Caillou game starts out very easy, and then progresses in difficulty as kids play through. This is great for kindergarteners, but could lead to frustration for younger kids. The game offers a multi-colored star system, encouraging kids to try and complete each level in order to earn all three different-colored stars.
For kids playing by themselves, they’re treated to a number of activities to play with Caillou.
In the Train Tracks game, kids will use the available pieces to complete a track. Each level gets more and more difficult, as the track gets longer, and eventually any “hints” as to what piece goes where disappear.
One of the game modes our family really liked was the chance to build and decorate a house. From picking the shape and the roof of it to decorating each room on the inside, kids can get lost in their on their creativity making their houses look however they want. And after they’re all done, they can either print out a copy of their house, or click a button and see little people living in the house they created.
In Cooking with Grandma, kids must explore the kitchen to find the right ingredients. Open and close cabinets, look on counters, there’s lots to explore and remember. Each recipe gets a bit harder, as kids must find ingredients based only on silhouettes or even memory. After completing a recipe, kids can print it out to try it with a grown-up at home.
There are many different areas of Caillou’s world for kids to explore. From inside the house to the backyard to the park, there are lots of great activities, all explained clearly by Caillou, and accessible for kids ages three and up.
A Chance to Play Together
One thing that’s really neat about the official Caillou games is the chance for parents to play with their kids. At the beginning of each play session, Caillou will ask if players are playing by themselves or with someone else.
By choosing to play along, there are different games and experiences available. For example, when building a house, a grown-up is able to help kids choose different floors and wall decorations. Although the games aren’t necessarily changed very much, it’s neat to see this type of playing together encouraged, and is something we definitely appreciate.
Do you sit down with your kids when they play these types of online games? Does it help that the game encourages it? We think playing together with kids is one of the best things parents can do, and would love to hear some of your experiences.
“Family Game Guy” Johner Riehl is the founder and editorial director of FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com and FamilyFriendlyApps.com, sites dedicated to offering families easy-to-understand information about family-friendly games and apps. He lives in San Diego with his wife Christina and three sons.