Just Dance Kids 2014

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Get kids going with family-friendly dances and songs.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to dance and move to the beat. Kids can also learn how dancing can be a fun and social activity thanks to co-operative modes for up to four players. Kids will make connections between the lyrics and the dance moves, such as movements to mimic digging up treasure during the pirate-themed song. Just Dance Kids 2014 is a kid-friendly dancing game that encourages exercise, creativity, and social play.

Positive Messages

The game encourages dancing and exercising in a fun and kid-friendly way. Kids earn stars based on performance, but it's impossible to flunk out of a song part-way through so kids can enjoy the music with no pressure to perform perfectly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kids dance along to other kids who demonstrate the dance moves, and look like they're having a great time doing it.

Ease of Play

Dance routines are designed with an appropriate difficulty level for kids, and accompanied by visual cues to help players master the moves. The game is forgiving of "loose" interpretations. Even preschoolers can join the fun thanks to a setting that asks players to simply wiggle to the music or stop based on visual cues.

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Consumerism

Most of the songs are from pop artists and TV shows, but there's no overt advertising or pressure to purchase anything.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Dance Kids 2014 is a kid-friendly dancing game with songs that don't contain any racy dance moves or inappropriate content, with the exception of one rum reference in the lyrics. The game encourages players to get up and move to the beat, and includes a co-operative mode where two to four players can dance simultaneously. The Xbox 360 version lets kids record their own dance routines via Kinect and play back the performances on TV. Even preschoolers can join the fun thanks to a setting that asks players to simply wiggle to the music or stop based on visual cues.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDaisy68460xxxx October 4, 2015

So good for the little ones in the family to dance along to

It's so good for little ones in the family to dance along to the songs

What's it about?

JUST DANCE KIDS 2014 is the latest follow-up to the popular dancing game series geared towards kids. Gamers move their bodies to the beat and follow the dance moves on screen to earn points. There are more than 30 songs organized into three categories: children's songs like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Hickory Dickory Dock" and themes from kids shows like Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Wiggles, songs from current pop stars like One Direction and Selena Gomez for older kids, and an "all ages" category with fun classics like "Walking on Sunshine" and "Magic Carpet Ride" that are designed to appeal to parents as well as kids.

Is it any good?

Like its predecessors in the Just Dance Kids series, Just Dance Kids 2014 is an energetic and entertaining dancing game where parents don't have to worry about their kids seeing or hearing inappropriate content. The diverse track list will engage toddlers all the way up to tweens, with a few classics thrown in for the parents to appreciate (and possible exercise to) as well. The motion sensors are responsive enough to reward players for performing the moves correctly, but kids who would rather goof around, or dive in and out of play aren't penalized for it either (they just won't earn any stars when the track finishes), so kids of all ages and abilities can have fun without being frustrated. All in all, Just Dance Kids 2014 is a fun, family-friendly way to get kids up and moving.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite tracks. Was it the lyrics, music, dance moves, or visuals that you liked best?

  • Dancing is a fun way to exercise. What other fun activities also happen to be good exercise?

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