A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this 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.
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.
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, Windows
- Subjects: Math: counting, patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $29.99–$39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: October 19, 2010
- Genre: Preschool
- ESRB rating: EC for (No Descriptors)
For kids who love preschool games
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