Zumba Kids

Common Sense Media says

Blends fitness and dancing with kid-friendly choreography.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages dancing and exercising in a fun and kid-friendly way. Kids receive positive reinforcement, and earn achievements, stickers, and other goodies to keep them motivated.

Positive role models

Kids dance along to other kids who demonstrate the dance moves and look like they're having a great time.

Ease of play

Exercise routines are designed with an appropriate difficulty level for kids, and accompanied by visual cues to help players master the moves.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Most of the songs are from pop artists, but there's no overt advertising or pressure to purchase anything.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can view high scores on a global online leaderboard that displays their name and profile picture.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zumba Kids is a dancing and exercise game based on the Zumba dance fitness program with kid-friendly songs and choreography designed for ages seven to 12. Songs don't contain any racy dance moves or inappropriate content. The game encourages players to get up and move through Zumba's unique blend of aerobics and dancing.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • movement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • effort

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will be engaged by the collection of energetic and recognizable songs, colorful backgrounds, and fun choreography that blends aerobics and dancing.

Learning Approach

Kids exercise by moving their bodies to mimic the moves being performed by other young dancers on screen. They can explore different musical genres from disco to salsa.

Support

Kids receive plenty of positive feedback, including unlockable achievements and stickers, and can track their progress in the form of earned Z-Points. Kids receive visual cues to help them master the choreography. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • movement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • effort

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills
  • movement

Kids learn to dance by mimicking the energetic moves of the on-screen dancers. Zumba's unique blend of aerobics and choreographed dance moves teaches kids that exercising can be fun, while introducing them to the music of different regions and cultures. Zumba Kids is a kid-friendly dancing and exercise game that encourages movement and activity in a fun way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

ZUMBA KIDS lets kids perform 30 dance routines with easy-to-follow choreography. It features unobjectionable content from pop artists like Justin Bieber and Willow Smith in dance genres including hip hop, swing, disco, and salsa. Kids can play individual routines or pre-set classes, or create their own custom class by combining their favorite routines. There are also three mini-games: Power Up, Freeze Star, and Act Like A. Kids can track their progress against family and friends, and there's multiplayer support for two players on Kinect and four players on Wii.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Zumba Kids helps kids builds self-confidence and coordination through fun, energetic dance routines that feature kid-friendly choreography and lack the racy, "adult" content found in dancing games that cater to older players. Kids receive plenty of positive reinforcement (including unlockable achievements, badges, and stickers), and learn by mimicking the movements of dancers on the screen -- who are kids just like them. Zumba Kids is a fun musical workout, especially for younger players.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite tracks. Was it the lyrics, music, dance moves, or visuals that you liked best?

  • Dancing is a fun way to exercise. What other fun activities also happen to be good exercise?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:November 19, 2013
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Arts and dance, Music and sing-along
ESRB rating:E for No Descriptors (Nintendo Wii, 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; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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