I had such a fun time reviewing the Popar 3D books, I don’t even really know where to begin. These books are like no other. As if by magic, the items on the pages of your book will come to life in a 3D form on your computer screen, right before your eyes.
Here is how it works: I must first mention that it is PC compatible only! First you will need to install the special webcam that will look for specific black and white patterns to make 3D objects and animations appear. Once you have your webcam installed, you will then need to download your Popar Books software that is provided in each book. There is an “i” paddle that you can find right behind the CD-ROM so don’t lose that! You will want to make sure that your webcam has the entire view of the book when it is open. (We found out that you can see your table and things surrounding you so it is best to do this on a clean, flat surface.
When you open the book and go to each page, you will see a black and white marker at the bottom of the page. That marker is what is used to display the 3D images. You must also have the “i” paddle within the view of the webcam. Then as if by magic, you will see the images “POP” off the pages (see YouTube video) and you can view them on your computer screen in 3D. Planets will spin, rockets will blast off, and your child will be doing a whole lot of learning with this process. My children thought it was fun and there is no better way to learn than by having fun doing it! At the back of the books there are extra paddles that you can copy or cut out and use for added fun as each one contains different information.
My children had a such a good time with these products and it made me happy knowing they were actually learning something while “playing”. It provided them with hours of entertainment and it never seems to get boring. Each time they have “played” with it, they took something else away from the experience which is an amazing thing to witness as a mom. Popar Books has three books, 3D Planets, 3D Bugs, and 3D Construction Machines with more on the way. Prices will range from $19.99 to $39.99 depending on what you wish to order. Again, to make this work, you will need to purchase their webcam so make sure you get that with your order! If you are looking for a fun, unique way to teach your child about Planets, Bugs, or Construction Machines (OR they are just “into” them, like my son loves science and planets was his fave!), then you really need to invest in this product!