A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The characters spout off nuggets like, "I love taking turns!" Friendly competition (without sore losers or bad winners) and keeping beaches clean are both major lessons of the game.
Positive Role Models
Kai-Lan is the ultimate source of logic and reason for preschoolers. She's able to defuse any problem and answer any question. She's polite, friendly, and still knows how to have fun.
Ease of Play
One of the three mini games -- a swimming race -- may move a bit too fast for tiny fingers to keep up with. But on the whole, the controls work very well.
Products & Purchases
The game is tied to the Ni Hao, Kai-Lan animated series on Nick Jr.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Beach Day is a fun and well-made -- albeit brief -- educational exercise for very young players. The three mini-games within pass on good solid lessons on both mental and social levels. The game's connection to the Kai-Lan TV show and the greater line of toys and products is inherently present, but not highlighted.
Is It Any Good?
There may only be three mini-games in Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Beach Day, but they're all very good ones (and a total of three mini-games is not uncommon for a Leapster cartridge). The brief animated story sequences that frame the games are adorable and carry many good lessons in and of themselves. The stated age range for the game is 4 to 7, but there's a good likelihood that kids on the older end of that spectrum will find the game too simple as it feels solidly geared toward kindergartners and preschoolers.
Online interaction: Leapster 2 users can win rewards, like certificates or coloring pages, which can be downloaded from the LeapFrog.com website when the Leapster 2 unit is connected to a PC via USB cable. With an online account at LeapFrog.com, parents can also track their children's progress through this same connection.
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