Kinect Sesame Street TV

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Excellent example of educational interactive television.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about a wide range of subjects, from numbers and letters through to basic science and emotional development concepts. Each segment within an episode focuses on a particular topic, such as throwing or the letter G. Some segments offer a more in-depth examination of a subject, such as what sorts of objects float and why, while others mix lessons with music. Kinect Sesame Street TV invites kids to play within the TV episodes, so they experience first-hand many of the preschool learning activities.

Positive Messages

It's essentially interactive TV, so it has the same messages and themes you'd find in the Sesame Street television show. It discusses and analyzes topics including sharing, family, friendship, kindness, and science topics. It makes education seem fun and natural.     

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the Sesame Street characters make great role models for kids, including Elmo. He's a three-year-old monster with whom young children can identify. He experiences the world from a similar perspective, learning and asking questions about the same sorts of things that preschoolers do.

Ease of Play

On-screen tutorials for activities -- clapping, throwing, snapping pictures -- are clear and allow kids to practice before the challenge begins. Plus, there's no way to fail any of the in-game events. The show always moves on.

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Consumerism

This game is tied to the Sesame Street television show.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kinect Sesame Street TV isn't really a game, but rather an interactive version of the TV show that kids have watched for decades. Kids watch modern clips from the show as well as new ones created specifically for the software, occasionally interacting with the game's characters by, say, catching and throwing imaginary balls. In the process they'll learn about friendship, physical activity, numbers, letters, and other concepts commonly associated with PBS's famed series. It is completely safe even for the youngest of children, and may prove enjoyable for slightly older kids who have yet to outgrow their fondness for the show.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1, 3, 4, 6, 6, and 12 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 June 24, 2013

Terrific!

Best Xbox game ever! I went out and bought an Xbox just for this game! MY CHILDREN LOVE IT. Thank you, PBS, for creating ONE video game I can say "yes... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 4 year old Written bymamamolly April 26, 2013

A big hit with my 4-year-olds

We recently downloaded this for my (just turned) 4-year-olds and they've really enjoyed it. It was a little less game-like than I had imagined. It's... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byspaceexploration November 11, 2014

Blech.

The worst piece of junk there ever was.

What's it about?

KINECT SESAME STREET TV is a collection of eight interactive 30-minute episodes of PBS's long-running educational series. Kids watch familiar clips from the show -- Feist singing \"1, 2, 3, 4,\" Elmo learning how to make a boat for a rock, a parody of the show Glee about the letter G -- as well as content created specifically for the software. This game even introduces a new Muppet named Cooper. Some of these segments require direct interaction, such as clapping to identify the letter of the day or standing still for as many seconds as the number of the day, while others include optional interactions, like pointing and saying \"picture!\" whenever you see a specific object in the background of clip. A handful of segments are passive, allowing kids the chance to sit back and rest. The software also comes with a season pass to the Kinect Sesame Street app, providing access to countless streaming segments spanning the show's 30-plus year history.

Is it any good?

You're unlikely to find any Xbox 360 software more suitable for young children -- or more educational. Kinect Sesame Street TV stays true to the show's philosophy, featuring content that is proudly educational and unabashedly geared for preschooler sensibilities. Important lessons about social interactions and numbers and letters play out in entertaining little stories filled with colorful characters and genuine humor. This is edutainment done right.

Perhaps the only stumbling block is a dearth of activity diversity. Each show follows a very strict formula with similar activities repeating across episodes. Some kids may find this reiteration comforting, but others -- especially those skewing toward the older range of the game's target audience -- are likely to find it a tad boring. Still, there's little denying this is a terrific title for kids that may represent the future of children's educational programming.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sharing. Why is it important to share? With whom do you frequently share? How do you feel if your friends don't share with you?

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  • Families can also discuss what it means to be a family. What makes brothers and sisters different than friends? What makes moms and dads different than teachers and nannies?

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