Just Dance Kids

Common Sense Media says

Younger players cut the rug to family-friendly music.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Because this is a motion-controlled Wii dancing game, it encourages players to get up and move. Players will learn it's possible to be active and have fun at the same time.

Positive role models

Players dance along with other characters on the screen. These characters move with exuberance and energy, and help encourage players to really give it their all when playing along.

Ease of play

While the music in the game is tailored to players of all ages, its controls do require a firm grasp of motor skills and being able to follow prompts on the screen with quick reflexes. As a result, some very young players may have difficulty scoring well, however they they can still dance along with the on-screen characters and have a good time.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Just Dance Kids is an active game in which players literally get up and dance to dozens of family-friendly songs. The game's soundtrack varies from classic rockers like the Beach Boys to songs from children's shows like Yo Gabba Gabba. There are specific controls that players must follow to earn high scores, but the game is more about getting up off the couch to move around and enjoy a variety of different songs.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

As a music game, JUST DANCE KIDS is all about dancing along to songs with energetic beats and fun melodies. There is no real story to follow, as the game encourages players to just pick it up and play, whether it's for five minutes or an hour at a time. There are dozens of songs to choose from from varying genres, though the lyrics take a back seat to the beat and rhythm of the music. The main point of the game is to get up off the couch and move. Kids mimic prompts on the screen to do dance moves and achieve points.

Is it any good?

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Just Dance Kids is a great addition to the successful Just Dance game series for younger players. The music reaches a more universal, family-friendly level and is accessible to players of almost all ages. The dance motions and controls are fun once players get used to it and are able to pick up on the beat of the song. Just Dance Kids is able to provide an energizing time to anyone who just wants to have a fun, casual gaming experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of taking breaks in between games like this. Why is it important not to over-exert yourself when playing active video games?

  • How does exercising and being active help you to stay healthy?

  • Why should you still participate in outdoor activities in addition to playing these kinds of video games?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 9, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 10 year old Written bycrystalp November 20, 2010
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3
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Hours of fun!!

My children LOVE this game! They all play together ages, 10, 8, 5, 3 and each can dance at his/her own ability. The songs are fun and appropriate. I thought that my daughter would like this game best, but my boys like it just as much or better. There is a big variety for children of all ages to enjoy!
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written bya mom in elkhorn January 29, 2011
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Great for anyone who wants to move around!

My kids loved this! My 9 year old loved trying to do all the moves and get them "right", my 6 year old just loved moving, he didn't even care if he had the remote. We didn't play for scores just fun so I don't know how well we did or not. We took turns picking songs and holding the remote but we all (me included) danced to the songs. It was great exercise and we had lots of laughs as we tried to keep up. (you can also limit "younger" kids to a selection of "younger"songs but I thought they were all okay for my two. Lots of fun!
Kid, 9 years old April 5, 2011
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good for all ages

2 Words. Love it!
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Great role models

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