Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fun basic math games with Muppets in the lead.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn basic math concepts, such as numbers, counting, letters, shapes, and patterns in Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival. By playing a series of carnival-themed mini-games starring Sesame Street characters such as Cookie Monster and Big Bird, kids can learn to recognize shapes and colors by name, match patterns, and count out specified numbers of items. Opportunities for pattern recognition abound, but play is sluggish and Wii controls are clunky.

Positive Messages

This game teaches kids that learning can be fun. It teaches numbers, counting, shapes, and pattern recognition in engaging ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cookie Monster and Big Bird are the main characters here, and it is very evident how much they enjoy learning. Also, Cookie Monster is rewarded by golden cookies which he doesn' t eat. He learns to exercise self-control and not eat these individualcookies so that he will earn a better reward at the end (which does happen to be a huge cookie).

Ease of Play

The game controls are kept as simple as possible, so they can be used by children as young as three. Most of the games in the DS version only require tapping on the touchscreen; games in the Wii version require tilting the remote to move left or right, or pressing one button. The DS version comes packed with a chunky character stylus for little fingers to hold; the Wii version comes with a Elmo remote-cover that provides extra grip and covers unnecessary buttons. The PC version requires that kids know how to move the mouse and click. Some of the games get bogged down with uninterruptable repetitive instructions. A few make kids wait for the right answer to appear.

Violence & Scariness
Language
Consumerism

Characters from Sesame Street and the show's logo are featured in the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival offers preschoolers a good collection of fun carnival-themed math games. The controls have been simplified for easy use even by toddlers, and they work well on all systems. However, some games make kids wait, which can get annoying. Bonus implements (a chunky stylus for the DS; a Cookie Monster remote sleeve for the Wii) are packaged with the game and help make play easier for kids with tiny hands. Parents should also note that they can set a play timer that will offer children "one last game" at the designated time before turning the game off.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bytuanthanh0501 December 9, 2010
Kid, 9 years old January 29, 2011

What's it about?

In Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, Big Bird and Cookie Monster visit an amusement park, where they're guided through the various rides and attractions by a friendly muppet named Chris. At each stop, the friends find a fun number-themed game to play. Some of the games include serving shaped pretzels, seating the correct amount of monsters on a roller coaster, pumping balloons to a specific size, and knocking over stacks of cans.

Is it any good?

Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival has all the right ingredients for a good  preschool game. It's got solid early-education lessons (the same you'd find on the Sesame Street TV show) taught through colorful, easy to play games. A few have too much waiting involved for the correct answer to appear on the screen and the instructions get repetitive. However, the opportunity to play with beloved characters adds to the appeal. There's a really nice variety among the games, which will automatically amp up the difficulty according to how well your child performs at them. And the parental controls are an added bonus. All in all, this is a solid buy if you're looking for a fun-yet-edifying game for your preschooler. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of math. Why do we need to know how to add? When do we use math in everyday life? Why are patterns important? Can you find a pattern in your home?

  • Families can also discuss limiting screen time for young children. This game helps by offering parents an in-game timer.

Game details

For kids who love preschool games

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