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I Did It Mum Picture Book is a game I got shortly after purchasing another game in the series. This game is not about spelling but more about story book telling and is definitely aimed at the younger audience being children. The game consists of some mini games and books and there is many positive and negatives about this game. The first positive is the fact that you have book you can read to children. I hate reading to any child by niece likes me to try and act out the voices of characters or do moves which can be difficult. This game has 8 stories overall such as the Three Little Pigs and The Snow Queen. When you want to read a book you have plenty to look forward to. On the top screen you have words which tell the story and o the bottom screen you see pictures which are moving to help the story seem more realistic to a child. You could read the book and let them view the pictures and the would follow the story. Now the good part is you can either let the game read the book for you where is does the voices or you can do it yourself with the volume down. The speed of the story is determined by how quick you press the next page. So the idea behind the game is about book telling but there is mini games for children to enjoy. One of those is drawing. My niece loves to draw and I did take part with her. My drawing is at best poor and you have a scribble pad and the children can sit and draw what this wish. They have a range of colours and types of thickness to apply to pictures. You have the harp where children can create music and record it to play back again and this is just another fun thing for children to enjoy and I admit I also found it fun. You have a colouring in book where children can colour in some images to the colour they wish to use and this is fun as well. The games are designed to keep children amused and yet they learn stories and develop potential new skills at the same time. I know this game can help kids learn new words as they can read the stories along with the voice over but sometimes things are not all rosy on a game. The first problem is clicking on various links. Some of them do not work at all so you are left clicking away in a temper at times hoping it might work and send you elsewhere and this never happens. You get angry with this because the speed is so slow. Another issue is the colouring in mini game. You can never stick in the lines so if you had a child who is good usually this game would show them how bad they are when it is the game which lets them down and not themselves. I think the graphics will do for this game as they are not over the top and they work well and serve a purpose and the speed at times is terrible. I think the story mode is the best part to to the game but I found some negatives which most would not want in a game purchase. I got this for a bargain £6.99 which is a good price for a game which is a big hit and miss.
I did it Mum! Picture Book is a DS game for youngsters aged 3yrs+. It's available for around £15 from all the usual retailers, with Amazon having it available at the moment for the slightly lower price of £12.32. We got this in the Tesco January sales for only £6, but it that was a real find I think. If I've have paid the £12 price tag for this, I'd have still been just as pleased. This is a brilliant way for very young children of around four to six years old to start playing a Nintendo DS. Three might be a bit young to understand what's going on, and children of seven or eight years or more might find the content a little babyish for their liking. When you access the game, you firstly get to choose which page you want to go on, left or right. Once you've chosen your page, you're presented with a handful of different story titles or you can choose one of a few different games. The content is limited, but it needs to be for this age range. There is sufficient variety on here to keep your average four to six year old amused for a while. When you're in the picture book mode, you can use the DS to tell you a story. Great for when you're standing in line or sitting in a car and having to do some boring waiting! Our grandson is autistic, so we're getting pretty hot on child distraction strategies like this!! This is no substitute for a bedtime story, but it's a bit of light entertainment for having a bit of independence, and when you have to wait around. The pictures are bright and colourful for the stories, but they don't change as frequently as really I feel they could do. The text (on the top viewing screen) keeps refreshing itself, and the picture on the touch screen just sits there for a good few minutes at a time. Really, there needs to be three or four times as many pictures as there are for each story. The games on here are varied and better than I was expecting. The grandson's favourites are the music creator and the drawing pad. In the drawing pad, there is basically a kind of MS Paintbrush that's been scaled down to fit on a DS. There's a blank sheet of paper, an array of colours to choose from using the stylus, and a couple of texture options too. You can't save your pictures, but this is only meant for a bit of doodling and stylus practice. The music creator is like a mandolin or something (maybe it's a guitar but it sounds more twangy and higher pitched than they usually are). Here, you can use your stylus to pluck the strings and create little tunes. There's even a record button and playback features so you can record your masterpiece and then go and play it to Mum. The other games on here include things like join-the-dots and number matching. All are very well suited to foundation stage children, and will help youngsters with a variety of early learning skills. I think a lot of people still have the old fashioned mindset that computer games rot the brain, but games like this are really very educational and benefifical. Using the stylus helps to fine-tune motor control, playing independently is great for working things out alone, and then of course there's the element of creativity involved. There are other games in the I did it Mum! range and I'll definitely be looking out for them for the grandson. He really loves playing this game, and I'm confident it's been teaching him a lot too.