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I can do it without shouting "help me mum" every five minutes
I Did It Mum: Girl Version (DS)
Member Name: sandra101
I Did It Mum: Girl Version (DS)
Advantages: fun, educational, no text to scroll through
Disadvantages: pictures, jigsaws etc. repeat eventually
My 4 year old got this game for Christmas with her ds and it has become one of her favourites. It is laid out and designed in such a way that younger children can easily work out which mini-game they want to play because as well as having the text showing the name of the game there is a graphic beside it making their favourites easy to find. This saves a lot of "mummy can you" type sentences when I'm trying to do a bit of housework.
I would imagine this game would be suitable for over threes but probably would be too easy for 6 or over.
The mini-games are:
Colouring : You choose your picture and then touch on a colour on the bar at the right hand side and then touch the piece of the picture you want to colour. You don't use the stylus to actually colour in the pieces it just requires a touch. You can erase all the colour and start all over again so although there are only ten different pictures they can be used over and over again or saved once completed. Once you touch done the picture becomes animated eg. The cat blinks, moves its tail and ears.
Find the Differences : You are shown a picture in the top screen and a picture in the bottom screen and have to touch where the differences appear. There are five differences and you need to touch the five differences correct before getting five wrong to win.
Dress Up: This is probably her favourite game: You have a girl and you can change her hair, clothes etc. depending on where she is. Eg one time you have a picture of a beach and you can change her look and give her accessories such as a bucket and spade.
Counting: There are ten cards and you have to count how many of a specific card are shown eg. A giraffe. It starts with just showing the featured cards but gets more difficult as you get further on and shows cards which aren't the giraffe shown as well.
Play instruments: You can hit bells, tambourine, cymbals and a triangle to make your own music. Unless I've missed something here I don't really see much of a fun element.
Match Sounds: Animal pictures are shown which are animated and make their sounds. You then have to touch them in the order which the sounds were made. Reminds me of the electronic game simon from many years ago.
Feed Hamsters: Little hamsters pop out of holes and you have to touch them as they pop-up to fee them. A bit like whack a mole but without the violence.
Puzzle: There is a blacked out shape eg a hen and you have to insert the pieces in the correct place as shown on the top screen. Once you have finished you are rewarded by your animal\flower becoming animated.
Drawing : This game uses the stylus as a colouring pencil to draw or use the stamps provided. Another game which she is happy to play over and over.
Piano : Piano keys show on the bottom screen and you can choose piano, organ or cat noises. Make-up your own tune and you can then record and play it back.
Picture Match : You see the cards which are then turned over and you have to turn over two at a time to find the match.
Lunch box : Choose your lunch box and then touch the items of food you wish to pack. Your lunch box shows on the top screen with your choices.
Admittedly some of the food pictures aren't exactly obvious as to what they are.
The games are all educational but fun and easy for young children to understand. You have a choice here that you can sit and play with your child or leave her to play on her own.
The best bit is the option to record a message from yourself congratulating her on completing the games. There is only a few seconds of recording time and your voice does come out very quietly. My daughter is under the impression that this is actually there to record her singing high school musical songs so she keeps recording over my congratulations messages.
This is a great game for 3 - 6 year olds although I would recommend buying it for those towards the lower age range as it won't keep six year olds amused for as long. It will definitely keep kids amused on long car journeys and they can easily navigate through the colourful menus and games without adult help. This is a lot more fun for her than some of the other games she received as there is no text to scroll through and she is learning hand eye co-ordination, counting, animal noises etc without even realizing that she is learning.
Priced around £16.99
Also available is a version for boys.
Summary: One of the best ds games for younger girls
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