The XBox 360 with Kinect is a great indoor activity during winter when outdoor activities are limited. This list reviews some of the best XBox games for preschoolers, as well as games the entire family will enjoy together. Many XBox games activate the mind and the body.
In addition to controller gameplay, the Kinect Sensor allows players to use their body movements to act as the controller in order to play games. You might think it would be too hard, but young kids will surprise you with how quickly they understand gameplay.
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Best Educational: Kinect Nat Geo TV - Microsoft Studios
Looking for a new way to explore nature and science around the world? The Nat Geo TV game for XBox Kinect encourages kids and parents to learn about the world around them, while also partaking in movement activities based upon activities animals need to do to survive in the real world. Aside from watching the fun, educational television clips, kids can use their bodies with the Kinect Sensor to pretend to be like featured animals, while also using their voices to take virtual snapshots with a camera. Recommended for kids ages 10 and up.
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Best Dancing Game: Just Dance
This game allows several players to learn and complete dance routines featuring popular music from Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainer, Jason Derulo and Lady Gaga. Some of the moves can be challenging, but there are easy, medium and difficult dances, and it’s a fantastic workout alternative. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
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Runner-Up, Best Dancing Game: Nick Dance
For younger children who enjoy dancing and moving, this game using the Kinect Sensor encourages kids to dance alongside with 30 songs, featuring their favorite Nick Jr. characters from popular shows like Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, and the Backyardigans. 1-2 players can play simultaneously and this game is recommended for ages 3 and up.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best LEGO: LEGO Dimensions
Kids will love building their own themed LEGO characters, then teleporting them into the LEGO Dimensions game for XBox 360. The game features popular movie characters from Jurassic World, Dr. Who, Back to the Future, and DC Comics.
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Best Disney: Disney Infinity
Whether it's Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity 2.0 or Disney Infinity 3.0, this is a really popular game for kids. Engage in themed missions or create your own world and missions in Toy Box mode. Kids will also love collecting the Disney Infinity toy figures.
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Runner-Up, Best Disney: Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
Have you ever wanted to experience Disneyland all on your own, on your own timeframe? Now, using the fun of the Kinect sensor players can navigate Disneyland with their bodies and voices. Players can ride and experience 20 different attractions, collect Hidden Mickeys, engage and collect autographs of 35 Disney characters, and watch parades and fireworks displays. Recommended for players ages 10 and up.
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Best Movie-Themed: Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure - Microsoft Studios
For those kids who are fans of Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story, and The Incredibles, they'll use their bodies and voices to engage with the characters to solve puzzles and games. Rated "E" for everyone.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Runner-Up, Best Movie-Themed: Kinect Star Wars - Microsoft Studios
Star Wars fans will love using the Kinect sensors to smash and crash as a Rancor monster, and dance as a character to Star Wars music inspired by popular music. Additional games allow players to utilize a lightsaber, train to be a Jedi Master, and pilot Star Wars ships, bikes and vehicles. This game is a recommended toy for teens.
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Best TV-Themed: Kinect Sesame TV - Microsoft Studios
These Sesame TV episodes, aside from educational games, are really interactive television episodes that are 30 minutes in length. Kids are exposed to relevant content that has them learning about numbers, letters, social skills, and relevant preschool issues. The game includes using the Kinect Sensor to transport a video image right into an episode of Elmo's World. This experience is recommended for kids ages 3-5.