The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2012

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

According to our reviewers, who have been very enthusiastic about Microsoft’s Kinect system, the real power and magic of the technology is still to be unleashed. Such is the case with Once Upon A Monster which puts your child into the story, interacting with the beloved Sesame Street characters as they move through a linear tale, completing activities in order to advance the storyline. It is engaging and certainly supports gross motor skills, unlike any single video game or gaming system has or can do. Balance and mental processing are also essential growth skills that are tapped into here. For young children, being able expend energy and interact with their favorite Sesame Street friends was seen as a plus by parents. The Kinect technology has not been fully refined and some movements are not picked up which can lead to some frustration.

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Recommended Age: 4 to 8
Price: $ 49.99

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