Friday, 19 August 2011

Win ~ Sesame Street : Ready, Set, Grover !

I posted a few weeks ago attending the launch of Sesame Street Ready, Set, Grover ! with everyone's favourite cuddly monster Elmo at White Creek Cottage, Lilyfield.

The day focused on game's theme of children learning and developing of healthy habits for life.

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Sam & Joel and other children had a great time learning Animalates (stretching, posing etc), cooking healthy food (homemade pizza and cous cous) with Little Spoons, hand hygiene and fun activities in the garden identifying fruit & vegetables and why they were good for growing bodies as well as active play with Wii game.

Sesame Street : Ready, Set, Grover !  is a new video game for preschoolers that encourages the development of healthy habits for life.
There are 4 main themes personal hygiene,physical activity, nutrition and rest & relaxation. Other important skills concurrent in the game play are counting, shape & colour recognition and listening comprehension. As well as timing.

My boys enjoy watching Sesame street most days [twice], so the game was a huge hit because playing with their favourite Sesame Street characters made it more fun . I like that it instils healthy behaviours while still being fun to play.


the yellow stars show stylus action.

There are 4 game areas - Grover's Map

5 games in each area = 20 games with 2-3 levels of difficulty




For Nintendo DS, there is a jumbo click stylus designed for smaller hands and easy interaction with the touch screen . There are also visual guides that really suit preschoolers.

Really, no buttons need to be pressed by children except to turn DS on or pause game. Some games have a voice activated - "JUMP" option (and as Sam discovered for himself blowing). A normal stylus can also be used. 

 
The Wii game comes supplied with a soft , furry character cover with special grips- slips over the Wii Remote™, again minimizing unnecessary button pressing, making it easier and more fun to hold.
The Wii version is much more active than the DS for obvious reasons (see our video). Children use hand/arm and body movement while holding the Wii remote to play games.



“Building lifelong healthy habits starts in early childhood,” said Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D., Vice President of Education & Research at Sesame Workshop. “Ready, Set, Grover! gets kids up and moving though stretching, jumping and dancing, models good hygiene practices and highlights the benefits of healthy food choices through fun and active game play."
In the game, Grover sets out to create a series of challenges designed to help his Sesame Street friends get up and go! Through the course of the game, Elmo and Abby jump over obstacles, row a boat, and play “Grover Says,” all while learning important life lessons on healthy habits to grow with. Through their adventures, the game promotes physical activity, good nutrition, personal hygiene, and even the importance of rest and relaxation.
The game instructions and curriculum concept are simple and clear.


Both versions require minimal involvement by parents [DS version will be great for car trips]. It means preschoolers can play by themselves ; of course as parents getting active and playing with your children is a bonus. I envision extending the game play outside and making our own challenges, like we play in the game.

We reviewed the DS version at home but played Wii Sesame Street Ready, Set, Grover ! - with a life sized Elmo, at launch day. I would have loved to see Grover there.


The DS game allows for 3 customised profiles so each child in your family can play their own game. Children can follow the challenge mode as above or choose their own favourite games to play - the same over and over if they choose. With two - three levels of difficulty , the game self adjusts based on the players performance or parents can adjust it in parents area.

I was impressed with the Parents area - I can set difficulty, review games played and even determine number of games I want them to play 5,10, 15,20 - the child gets a reminder on last game.


Moving onto the giveaway ~

I have 2 prize packs of 3 games (At this stage only to suit Nintendo DS consoles) - includes 1 copy each of Sesame Street : Ready, Set, Grover ! , Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival which encourage early literacy and math skills, respectively [released last year]

To enter leave a comment telling me a fun way you teach healthy habits to your children
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 Closes Friday 2nd September 11.59pm by Random.org.

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