|Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the launch of Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, two fun and educational console video games for preschoolers based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series for Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC. The complementary learning games encourage early literacy and math skills and introduce kid-friendly “gameplay helpers” to simplify gameplay controls making them more accessible for children’s small hands and developing skills.|
Emma turned 4 this November and she has shown an increased interest in the Wii lately. When I heard that there were educational video games available for the Wii, I was excited to find them!
Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival is just that… a carnival setting with counting games throughout. The learning focus is number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.
The first thing Emma had to get used to was that they asked her to hold the Wii remote horizontally. She kept trying to hold it upright. Once she was accustomed to that the game play was pretty simple and user friendly. Cookie Monster talks to your child and gives simple instructions before and during the game. If it becomes too difficult a second Wii remote can be used and someone can “help”. The game difficulty starts out pretty simple and adapts as your child progresses to help ease frustration levels.
Overall, I really liked this game. Emma could play (most of the time) independently and she felt proud of her accomplishments. Cookie Monster did a great job instructing her on what she should be doing and traveling through the carnival was not overly complicated. My main gripe (and it’s only because I noticed… EMMA did NOT notice) was that Cookie Monster’s mouth did not match his words. His mouth just opened and shut constantly. It doesn’t effect the game play or the educational value of this game, but I am a detail oriented person and it bothered me a little.
Elmo’s A-To-Zoo Adventure is another great learning game from Sesame Street geared towards pre-schoolers. It is pretty simplistic and runs on the same concept as the Cookie Monster game. This one is set in a zoo. You travel through the zoo playing different games at each station. The learning focus is reading related: letter recognition, rhyming (literacy skills), letter sounds and letter families.
The letter recognition games were fairly simple and straightforward. Emma can indentify most uppercase letters, but lowercase is a new concept to her. I liked that this game helped her to start working on that concept. She is still working on understanding that you have to wait for the yellow circle to be around the item before you can “select it”as your answer, but it’s a work in progress.
The rhyming games were a little harder for her to understand, but with a little help from Mommy & Daddy she was able to complete these games and feel proud of herself.
I feel like this particular game frustrated Emma a little more than the Cookie Monster game. When allowed to play she tends to choose the carnival game over this one. I am hoping that with a little time and encouragement she will begin to grasp these reading concepts a little more and enjoy the Elmo game.
I’ve read a lot of good (and bad) reviews for both of these games. Several complaints were about the lack of variety. What you see is what you get with both of these games. That being said, I think a lot of people forget that children learn best through repetition. Repeated exposure to these concepts and games will help them to learn! Adults love never ending, ever changing games. Children learn best through repetition… period.
Oh, one last mention… These games both come with a Wii cover. They are cute, but I suggest not even showing them to your child. In my opinion they get in the way and create frustration.
You can purchase Sesame Street Cookie’s Counting Carnival for the Wii for $39.96 (sale price… regular price $39.99) and Sesame Street Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure for the Wii for $29.99 (sale price… regular price $39.99)
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Sesame Street Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure (Wii, DS, or PC)
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