Kinect Sesame Street TV

Common Sense Media says

Excellent example of educational interactive television.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is tied to the Sesame Street television show.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Science

  • substance properties
  • measurement
  • physics

Arts

  • movement

Skills

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Health & Fitness

  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

In this wonderfully intuitive series of games, kids interact physically and verbally. The welcoming, humorous presentation will leave most kids beaming.

Learning Approach

This isn't a formal learning game, and exercises aren't evaluated or graded. However, young learners will engage with the organic, practical application of basic skills in math, reading, and science.

Support

On-screen characters demonstrate and explain what kids should do and are very forgiving when deciding whether kids have succeeded. Plus, the game is supported through its companion app by hundreds of episodes of the TV series.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Science

  • substance properties
  • measurement
  • physics

Arts

  • movement

Skills

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Health & Fitness

  • movement

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:September 18, 2012
Genre:Edutainment
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Puppets
ESRB rating:EC for (No Descriptors) (Xbox 360)

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 4 and 4 year old Written bymamamolly April 26, 2013
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3
QUALITY
 

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 basically watching a half hour episode of sesame street, but with many interactive elements integrated into it (e.g., throwing something at the screen, jumping up and down, and their favorite element is getting to see themselves on the screen with elmo is a variety of goofy backgrounds and situations). But still, it's amazing how different that makes the viewing experience. Rather than lounging around on the sofa as they do with regular shows, they're on their feet, actively engaged the whole time. And that's a great thing in my book. The educational aspect skews more toward the lower end of the group (basic counting, recognizing letters and shapes), but the interactivity is excellent regardless of content.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 1, 3, 4, 6, 6, and 12 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 June 24, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

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" to. HOWEVER, it may lead children to seek out more from the TV show, but that's ok, it's educational.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use
Teen, 13 years old Written byspaceexploration November 11, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Blech.

The worst piece of junk there ever was.

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