The people at WB Games made the 3yr old's day last week when they sent him the new Sesame Street Nintendo games - Elmo's A to Zoo Adventure on Nintendo Wii and Cookie's Counting Carnival on Nintendo DS.
The problem with some of the Wii and DS games that the 3yr old has attempted in the past is that they're not basic enough for him. They get complicated and before too long he's asking his brothers, or worse - me (and I am NO help at all) - questions on how to do this or do that, and then EVERYONE gets frustrated. This is promptly followed by tears and tantrums (some of which are mine - ahem).
Anyway - enter Elmo's A to Zoo Adventure, and Cookie's Counting Carnival and not only was the 3yo as happy as Larry, he was also learning at the same time. I don't know about you, but if they're playing electronic games, the computer and the like, I'd much rather they're getting something out of it educationally. And you know when it's Sesame Street you're going to get that and then some.
With Elmo's A to Zoo Adventure, he firstly got to slip on the cute Wii remote control cover which helps to simplify the game by showing just the controls they need to use to operate the game. Looks like this:
Isn't it cute?
Then it was down to some serious gaming. Here's the 3yr old in action...
Elmo's A to Zoo Adventure is a great way to learn the alphabet and spelling. For example, boxes come up on the screen to spell the word MONKEY. The 3yo was asked what letter 'Monkey' begins with? A few letters are displayed on the screen for him to choose from. The 3yo moved his Wii remote by tilting it from side to side until he highlighted the letter he wanted, then he had to JUMP and the letter 'M' was chosen! After that, three letters were displayed on the screen, and the 3yo followed the instructions of, "The next letter is 'o'. Can you find the letter 'o'?" Once again, he moved to the correct letter and gave a JUMP and the letter was chosen. The game gives the kids a lot of chances to get it right, and helps with instructions etc.
Of course, that's only one example of the games on offer.
In Cookie's Counting Carnival on Nintendo DS the aim is, of course (duh), to learn to count. Firstly, the game comes with a stylus that's shaped just like a larger pen, so it's easier for little fingers to hold.
Once again, various games are available to help your child learn to count. For example, in one game, the 3yr old was given three stacks of cans (like the ones you throw balls at, at the Easter Show) and was asked to choose the stack that had "less than seven cans" in it. The 3yr old had to choose, and then when the right answer was received, the cans were knocked down.
Here's a video that gives you an idea of how the games work...
Ok - so how would you like to WIN one of the games? Here's what to do....
If you're an Australian resident (apologies to my gorgeous O/S readers!) just leave a comment below by Thursday 9 December, 6pm Daylight Savings EST. I'll choose a winner at random. The first winner will be given a choice of Elmo's A to Zoo Adventure on either Nintendo DS or Nintendo Wii (YES - you choose!) and the second winner will get a copy of Cookie's Counting Carnival on Nintendo DS or Nintendo Wii (once again - you choose!) and those winners will be announced on my weekly wrap up on the morning of Friday 10 December - so make sure you check out my bloggy then!
Good luck everyone! I think you're going to love it (and I know your kids will).