3 Video games to play with your preschooler

Oct 10, 2011 at 11:13 p.m. ET

We've all read about the evils of video games. But truth be told, playing video games can be an engaging learning experience for children -- if you pick the right games. Also, playing video games with your kids can be a fun bonding experience for parents. Check out these three terrific video games to play with your preschooler.

Preschooler playing video games


Go Diego Go! Safari Rescue (Wii)

This Wii game is based on Nickelodeon's made-for-television movie. Preschoolers help Diego and friends in seven animal-themed activities with their remote. Kids click on bushes to find lions, assemble puzzle pieces to make vehicles and much more. Users also employ motion-sensitive controls to steer a hot air balloon, hang glider, rubber raft and other vehicles. Go Diego Go! Safari Rescue has two difficulty levels. Two players can compete in races at the same time, or an adult can use the second Wii remote to jump in the game and assist little ones with some of the activities.

2Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Xbox 360 Kinect)

This Xbox 360 Kinect game is perfect for preschoolers. Players help Cookie Monster and Elmo solve a series of problems for their fellow monsters. Structured like a storybook, each chapter is devoted to a specific monster and his dilemma. Kids enjoy hands-on activities where they learn to make new friends, confront fears, work as a team and other practical lessons. Preschoolers will love jumping over items, swaying to avoid obstacles, blowing out candles and playing instruments. Parents, older siblings and friends can utilize drop-in and dropout cooperative play to share and help young children through the activities. In addition to Cookie Monster and Elmo, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster features favorites such as Oscar the Grouch and Grover as well as a host of new monsters.

3Team Umizoomi (Nintendo DS)

Set for release on November 1, 2011, this video game for preschoolers is already getting rave reviews. It features 30 exciting activities that combine action-adventure play with a pre-K and kindergarten math curriculum. Players help Millie, Geo and Bot by using their math skills to save a seahorse, enter a race around Umi City, become a playground hero, navigate a maze, drive a bulldozer and engage in other adventures. These fun learning activities teach and reinforce identification, counting, sorting, matching, sequencing, addition, subtraction, measurements and shapes. Team Umizoomi's difficulties adjust automatically for maximum learning and repeat play value.

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