Just Dance Kids 2014
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- meeting challenges together
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
- gross motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will be engaged by the collection of bouncy songs, which are set to colorful background visuals and performed by enthusiastic young dancers.
Kids learn by moving their bodies to mimic the dance moves being performed by other young dancers on screen. They can explore different musical genres.
The game lacks a practice mode for kids to refine their moves. Kids receive visual cues to help them anticipate upcoming moves, and can track high scores.
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.
Families can talk 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?