Teaching children cause and effect is a mighty task for parents and teachers. However, rewarding a desired behavior will almost certainly make the child more inclined to engage in that behavior.
The Cause & Effect, Sights & Sounds Series by Simtech certainly provides that reward for children using the software. In each of the titles, Cause & Effect Sights & Sounds, More Cause & Effect Sights & Sounds, Son of Cause & Effects Sights & Sounds, and Revenge of Cause & Effects Sights & Sounds the student presses a switch, or in our case the mouse button, to cause a reaction on the screen. There are flowers, fireworks, popping corn, cars zipping across the screen, an underwater world, and more. In addition, there are many musical themes to choose from. This software does an excellent job of appealing to both the visual and auditory senses of the child, while also teaching about cause and effect.
My younger children are 2, 3, and 5. I thought this software would appeal to the younger two, but was very pleased to see how excited my 5 year old got while seeing the screen pop with so many colors. Not only did it appeal to the younger three, but even my 10 year old got excited showing the screen to the two youngest. One thing my children, especially my oldest, really likes is immediate gratification for doing the right thing. This software series certainly provides that.
I would certainly recommend this software to parents with very young children. My children learned better control of the mouse while also learning about cause and effect. It would also be good for children with special needs who need more practice in fine motor control, or visual and auditory stimulation.