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I did it Grandad!
I did it Mum! Picture Book (DS)
Member Name: DavyMichelle
I did it Mum! Picture Book (DS)
Advantages: Educational, Simple, Varied, Colourful
Disadvantages: Stories Could Have More Pictures
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.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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