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The Best Online Toddler Games Ever

Updated on November 16, 2016

Excellent Online Games for Toddlers

According to researchers in the US, toddlers who use a computer develop better learning skills than other toddlers who do not use a computer. The kids who used a computer three to four times a week got better scores on a test aimed at gauging school readiness and cognitive development.

This study comes after previous ones which indicated superior motor, numerical and literary skills among toddlers who regularly use computers.

These games introduce your child to the computer, have age appropriate content, are learning centered, foster hand eye coordination and keep 2 and 3 year olds entertained!

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Why These Games Are the Best

  • They have age appropriate content.
  • They are learning centered.
  • They foster hand eye coordination.
  • They are internet safe for children.
  • They're FUN!

Sesame Street Online Games

SesameStreet.org

For nearly 40 years, Sesame Street has served children's best interests, combining education and entertainment through a research-based curriculum, featuring a multicultural cast, and giving kids honest answers to tough questions. Besides teaching letters and numbers, Sesame Street fosters imagination, builds social skills, and models respect for people's differences, whether they're based in race, gender, ethnicity, googly eyes, or neon fur.

Up to Ten Online Games

UpToTen.com

UpToTen has been building prize-winning early-learning games and activities since 1999. Your child will love the reassuring, friendly world that our unique games inhabit. S/he will have enormous fun whilst building independence on the computer.

Starfall Learning to Read Activities

Starfall.com

Starfall's ABC section teaches letter-sound relationships by providing a kid-friendly navigation system that explicitly focuses on each letter of the alphabet. When learning to read, students who understand the basic sounds of the language can apply letter-sound relations with greater ease.

PBS Kids Online Games

PBSkids.org

A safe place for kids to explore and play hundreds of fun educational games with their favorite PBS KIDS characters. PBS KIDS is the place for shows like Clifford, Dragon Tales, Sesame Street, Barney and Teletubbies.

BBC CBeebies Online Games

www.bbc.co.uk

CBeebies is the BBC's offering for young children, featuring new and repeated high-quality, largely UK-produced content to educate and entertain our youngest audiences. We produce a mixed-genre portfolio of pre-school and early-school content encouraging learning through play for both girls and boys aged six years and under across our television, radio and online platforms.

Toddlers and Computers - Here are some useful tips on Toddlers and Computers

Neither computers nor television are evil. But as with TV, there is a right -- and a wrong -- way to introduce the computer to your toddler. Key to helping your child get the most out of computers is limiting the amount of time you spend in front of the screen and making it an experience you share. See expert tips below.

Hold off until your child is at least nine months to a year old

Children younger than nine months don't have the physical skills to interact with the computer. Their vision isn't developed enough to clearly focus on the screen until they're about six months old. And most children also need to be able to sit up by themselves to enjoy staring at a screen while you work the mouse. Sitting up without any support usually doesn't happen until around six to eight months. Young babies also don't have the attention span necessary to follow what's happening on the screen.

Start when your child shows an interest

Computer use is not an activity worth forcing. Wait for your child to show some curiosity. Is she interested in your machine? Does she pound on the keyboard? Does she watch you when you're working or surfing? If she seems responsive - smiling, laughing, clapping - go for it. If not, let it go. And don't worry that she'll lose any ground as a computer whizzkid. A lesson or two in school, and she'll soon know how to work a mouse with the best of them.

Make computer time shared time

Share the computer experience with your child as a friend, fellow audience member and guide. That way, you'll be there to draw your child out, just as you do when reading a book. (So, what colour is Elmo's fur? How come Daisy is feeling sad?) This helps a child build vocabulary and memory skills - and share some time with Mum or Dad. And, starting at age two or so, when your child starts asking questions (Why is Peter Rabbit wearing a coat?), you'll be there to answer them, which is a crucial part of a child's coming to understand his world.

Choose activities designed for very young children

Many games and CD-ROMS are too fast, too loud and too confusing for a young child's brain to absorb - and they can be frightening. It's best to stick with games developed for children under three. And if you start out with Mario Brothers, there's no going back to Teletubbies.

Make fun and computer exposure your goal, not academic learning

Ideally, a tot under three will view the computer as another toy at his disposal and not a taskmaster. There's no point in drilling a one-year-old on the alphabet or addition and subtraction. Instead, go for software that reinforces reading and math readiness skills, which can include listening comprehension, cause-and-effect, opposites such as big and small, and colour and shape recognition. Even then, you'll maintain your child's enthusiasm for learning and computers if skill-building is incidental to a good story, song or game.

Limit screen time

Thirty-minute sessions are plenty for one- to two-year-olds, most of whom will lose interest if you push it further. By the time your child is three or four, you can work up to as much as an hour a day (total) if your child wants to continue, but stop earlier if he doesn't. More than that will eat into the time available for other critical development tasks such as eating, sleeping, playing, dancing and talking with adults and other children. Whenever you play on the computer with your child, watch for signs of fatigue - if he stops looking at the screen and starts fidgeting, getting sleepy or crying, it's time to stop.

Select activities with big, easy-to-see images

One to three images per screen is a good guideline, especially for kids around one. When the image gets more complicated - a street scene with lots of characters, for example - a young child just can't comprehend it. At this developmental stage, zany, complicated drawings are too chaotic for your child's developing brain. But as his visual skills build, you can choose activities with more complicated pictures. By three your child may be ready for big scenes.

Choose activities with simple songs

From birth, babies enjoy songs and music with a steady rhythm and sing-song tone. The repetition of songs such as "Old MacDonald," for example, helps one-year-olds establish patterns and start to anticipate what will come next. If you've got an 18-month-old, have fun with the sound of bells, whistles or clocks - toddlers that age really respond to them. But pass on software and websites with frantic noises or loud rock music. The random rhythm is confusing and even startling to very young ears.

Save storylines until your child is at least two

Short stories on the computer can complement reading aloud to your child. You can slowly work up to longer stories to increase your child's listening comprehension and attention span. But save the fairy tales and involved adventure software for older children, starting somewhere around age two. Younger children can't follow plots and might get frustrated.

[via babycentre.co.uk ]

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What are your favorite toddler computer games?

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    • Zeross4 profile image

      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      My son just turned 1, and he's starting to show interest in my phone/tablet/computer etc. Very helpful lens full of great game ideas. I will have to let him try one out on the tablet soon

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      NancyKraz 

      4 years ago

      We use kidslearntoread.net, but there are so many great ones on the list. As long as technology is just a piece of the learning, I don't see anything wrong with supplementing children's learning with tech.

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      cassyspratt 

      5 years ago

      Interesting lens! We use Starfall and ABC Mouse.

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      UKMarkWilliam 

      5 years ago

      Nice and interesting one

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      Mrs A for Apple 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info on this lens. My 2 year old is starting to become interested in the what I do on the laptop so this is useful.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      great lens :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      nice games very helpful for my nephew great lens thanks for sharing

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      spids1 

      5 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Irrevocable 

      6 years ago

      My son likes the games on the disney website, the lego website and cartoonnetwork site. :) He really likes lego games and we just completed Lego Batman together.

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      Rankography 

      6 years ago

      Outstanding lens with lots of good tips for parents of young children. Blessings.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I don't have a toddler in my life right now but thought I'd peek back in...just in case!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      We just watch cartoons.

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      sheezie77 

      6 years ago

      Another great lens!

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      Spiderlily321 

      6 years ago

      Starfall.com has some great reading and music playing games for kids. My son also loves playing matching and math games online.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I don't have any yet but your ideas will give us a start. Our youngest two are 2 years and 7 months. I am in no hurry. I am just waiting until he shows interest.

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      futureme lm 

      6 years ago

      We've been using computers for our children (todlers up) for sixteen years (yes we still have todlers!).

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      putrie 

      6 years ago

      kneebouncers.com!! well, my daughter is not two years old yet, so games that require her to press specific keys or move the mouse into specific directions are too complicated for her. in kneebouncers.com, she only needs to press random keys to play the game.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Good lens. Very nice to ask a "meta" question about toddlers using computers. This kind of discussion makes lenses even more interesting.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this.

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      FantasticBDaypartys 

      6 years ago

      Great lens.There is nothing wrong with kids using computers in moderation.

      Like it or not people revolve around computers and i do not see that changing any time soon.

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      intermarks 

      6 years ago

      My kid play Disney games most of the time, there they having characters that my kid familiar with.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      blessings for this toddler-friendly lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      sesame street would be allright.

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      ryurek lm 

      6 years ago

      UpToTen ... my kids have been playing with Boowa and Koowala (spelling?) since they were 2ish...love them still.

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      cheap-shoes-online 

      6 years ago

      awesome games, i will try for my brother.

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      starcraft2guidefornobs 

      6 years ago

      awesome collection, i'll get some of them for my nephew and niece

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      babyandme 

      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens! Thank you so very much! It was very enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day! :)

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      dannystaple 

      6 years ago

      I am a fan of Gamine and Tux Typing on Linux machines. Free, easy to put into a sandbox environment so they can't accidentally delete your documents, and not on the internet so completely safe. I only let her on it for a few minutes,and definitely not every day. We do also play the CBeebies games.

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      vkumar05 

      6 years ago

      Great Lens.

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      nsixx99 

      6 years ago

      We play on Sesame Street and Playhouse Disney.

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      spartakct 

      6 years ago

      nice collection!!

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      wilfredpadilla 

      6 years ago

      I like this lens!

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      peppervel 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all the wonderful games for toddlers. Cheap and good.

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      feliciasfavs 

      7 years ago

      I couldn't believe my eyes. Games for toddlers on the computer none-the-less. Wow.

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      friendshipquotes 

      7 years ago

      useful lens. thanks for letting us know..

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      TheFoodDigest 

      7 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens. I "Liked" it very much. Some neat ideas here.

      Thanks for visiting my Top Ten Childrens Books lens

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      Mia Carter 

      7 years ago from SW Florida

      Nice lens. The tips section is particularly helpful

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      PBS kids has some good free online games for toddlers. Thought I'd pop by this page and say congrats that it's the top of the Children and Computers category currently :)

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      anilsaini 

      7 years ago

      good one

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      KimGiancaterino 

      7 years ago

      When I do notary work for people with small kids, they'll often pull up something on the computer to distract and entertain their child. It always does the trick!

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      anticloud 

      7 years ago

      Games for toddlers. Who would have thought? :)

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      JoshK47 

      7 years ago

      Great games - we didn't have a computer in my house when I was a toddler, but I do remember some young learning games. Great stuff!

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      phoenix arizona f 

      7 years ago

      Great games for kids.

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      JeanJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      He plays games at school, but i got a ds game for him to start with at home

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Toddlers enjoy dressing games and coloring pages just like playing with dolls and coloring pages.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Let's help out toddlers develop to the fullest in all areas! Computers are here to stay and all ages benefit from being involved.

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      john85 

      7 years ago

      @ChaosAndCritters: There is good thing which i have seen here.It is good information about this.So nice to see here about this.

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      teena123 

      7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: There are lots of good information over here.How we can get more information from here about the same topic.

      Online Games

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      teena123 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: This is very nice lens.There are lots of information over here.I am really happy to see here about the information which you share here.

      Online Games

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      7 years ago

      I think, toddlers shouldn't be expose to computers at an early age. They probably have benefits when it comes to intelligence. But, they will be expose to radiation and their eyes will suffer. Right?

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      rravi123 

      7 years ago

      kids information

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      UKGhostwriter 

      7 years ago

      It is satisfying to see kids are catered for in a safe online environment - great lens

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      tarastillhere 

      7 years ago

      thanks for your visits.. i agree with toddlers getting computer time in moderations :)

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      all-about-toddlers 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. Excellent stuff

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      MindPowerProofs1 

      7 years ago

      Control the time spend in front of the computer

      Control the games they play

      If you do so, they will learn much more than you think. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Featuring this on my lens for websites for kids. We have a 10-yr-old but this is important to share. Angel blessed.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      My almost 8 y/o didn't play online games as a toddler, she sure likes them now though. She's even joined Squidoo and loves the monster points. Excellent lens on online games for the little kids- angel blessed! -:)

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      charle lm 

      7 years ago

      Amazing lens , my kids will love this tips games , I also wrote a lens about shooting games and would like you to read it , thanks

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Thanks

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      Yourshowman LM 

      7 years ago

      Superlike. i will try them out for my juniors.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      Interesting

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Excellent advice and fabulous suggestions! Also, a really pretty lens :)

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      VarietyWriter2 

      7 years ago

      blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      reasonablerobby 

      7 years ago

      I think computer games are great for toddlers. In a former life (the days of Atari ST and Commodore 64) I set up a childrens educational software label. Retailers at the time disbelieved 3 years olds could use a computer. They did and the games we designed and published became bestsellers.

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      ChaosAndCritters 

      8 years ago

      My daughters are going to love the games on here! Thanks for posting them!

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      GrowWear 

      8 years ago

      It's been some time since my grandson was small, but I bought a CD for him before he even knew what a mouse, or even a TV was . . . I forgot the name of it, but it had a rabbit that did most of the stuff. It was fun and sweet and educational.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      8 years ago

      Good tips for my kids. Thanks.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a well designed lens with great resources and tips. I'm single and don't have any kids, but I do have friends who have kids and I think one of the popular ones is the Sesame Street. I knew about parental control software and sites, but wasn't aware of kid-safe browsers (that's good to know)...great job! :)

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      Don't have little kids right now in my life.

      Kids today certainly have an advantage on us Baby Boomers

      when we were young.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      8 years ago

      Kid safe web browsers? That never occurred to me before. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kiwisoutback 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I wish they had online games when we were kids. It would've been a lot more fun than the 97th time of playing Hungry Hungry Hippos! Great resources you've compiled, thanks!

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      LoKackl 

      8 years ago

      Like Pastiche, I'm sending this to my son and daughter-in-law. Great information on best toddler games ever. Blessed.

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I'm sending this lens to my daughter to use with my grandson. He loves to sit with his older sister at the PC and now he's old enough to start using it on his own. Thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      hey this is a great resource for toddler information, thank you for sharing. I also found a great toddler game that is keyboard friendly. . my daughter loves it! go to www.clicktoy.com

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      though i don't approve of letting the toddlers use the computer, i have to admit.. your lens is great.. good work! Las Vegas Web Design

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      Genesis Davies 

      8 years ago from Guatemala

      Great list! My sons love Starfall and have learned so much from that site. We also use Reader Rabbit (CD-Rom) Toddler for my 3 year old and Preschooler for my 4 year old. Kids really do benefit from using the computer, but I agree, limited time is best!

      Another browser you might want to look at is Kidoz, it's very well designed and I use it with my boys. Great lens! 5* and an angel blessing, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      i was very interesting and fun for my kids

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      This just might be the best on-line toddler games ever! I have featured it at By Kids 4 Kids - A Group of Squidoo Websites for Kids

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      hayleylou lm 

      8 years ago

      My boys are just starting to play online games so this is excellent thanks, 5 stars and a fav so that I can keep coming back.

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      hlkljgk 

      8 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to momto4] syna will ask, "can i play an elmo game?"

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      momto4 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens!!! This will be a great help finding an online game for my daughter to play. We'll have to try out the Sesame Street game first. She loves Elmo!

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      SherryHolderHunt 

      9 years ago

      Fabulous lens, faved and rolled to my EZ Doodle lens, 5*s

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      religions7 

      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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