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TenThousandVolts
03-16-2008, 11:58 AM
My son is 5 and I am looking for some educational games for Nintendo DS. Any that would use the stylus in a way that might give him some fine motor skill practice would be particularly great. Any ideas?

labgeek
03-16-2008, 12:52 PM
Cooking Mama is great for fine motor skills. Both my DD and DS love it.

Gabrielsbigtrip
03-16-2008, 04:51 PM
I don't have the DS but we did get a Leapster and that has the stylus too.

My son who has Autism learned how to write all his letters and better his grasp by using it. They have tons of educational games.

If you can swing it I would go that route because you can keep upgrading the games for different grade levels.

solferino
03-16-2008, 05:39 PM
Flash Focus might be good for that. DD9 loves it.

The_Horned_King
03-16-2008, 05:44 PM
wario ware..is all stylus control and VERY fast paced/thinking.

Yoshi Touch and Go....again all stylus control(draw clouds of yoshi to runon and blow intot he mic if you mess up.

Brain Age is about as educational as you are going to get, but It's far to advanced for a 5year old.

Most games will force him to work on fine motorskills and hand eye cordination...so Don't get to wrapped up in "educational" games as they usually are so booreing that they get no play and become worthless to the cause. Instead find games that work on the skills you want him to iimprove, but are actaul games and Not "labled" educational.

solferino
03-16-2008, 05:46 PM
Brain Age is about as educational as you are going to get, but It's far to advanced for a 5year old.



Totally agree with that- I have it and some days it feels like it's too advanced for me.:confused3 :laughing:

lucigo
03-16-2008, 05:56 PM
My son is 5 and I am looking for some educational games for Nintendo DS. Any that would use the stylus in a way that might give him some fine motor skill practice would be particularly great. Any ideas?

I would suggest at least trying to start with a Leapster or V-Smile. Once my 4yo got his hands on a gameboy thats all he wanted to play and the games are much more mindless. He perseverates on them (rocket racing, mario kart, mario and luigi, etc) and we end up having to take it away. My DH recently hid it and I don't know where it is and don't want to know LOL

TenThousandVolts
03-16-2008, 06:56 PM
I am not buying a game system- but was going to buy a game that he could play on his brothers DS. He plays Dora and Little Einsteins (regular gameboy games, that he plays on his brother's DS) I was just looking for one that is an actual DS game that uses the stylus. The Leapster does sound good- maybe I will look into that. He is young for his age and really needs games that are fairly simple.


Thanks for all your suggestions.

Dollyrar
03-16-2008, 07:00 PM
Hi, I am an avid gamer, and I think with the condition your son has, the game 'electroplankton' would be perfect. It is all about making simple pieces of music by pressing little fish in different orders, and you can even make music loops with your own voice by speaking into the ds, which is really fun. It is not so much of a 'game', as it is a really cool way to chill out and also be creative. Google it for a better idea :thumbsup2

lucigo
03-16-2008, 07:09 PM
I am not buying a game system- but was going to buy a game that he could play on his brothers DS. He plays Dora and Little Einsteins (regular gameboy games, that he plays on his brother's DS) I was just looking for one that is an actual DS game that uses the stylus. The Leapster does sound good- maybe I will look into that. He is young for his age and really needs games that are fairly simple.


Thanks for all your suggestions.

If you go with a leapster, there are several stylus type games that are really good. Mr. Pencil is a good one that you might have to look for but is worth the effort.

merekc
03-16-2008, 07:13 PM
If your son has already played the DS, he might not be interested in the Leapster. This is what happened with my DS2. He played his DB's DS and won't give his Leapster the time of day.

karliebug
03-17-2008, 06:29 AM
First grade teacher checking in here. Instead of video games, I would suggest other activities for fine motor practice. Stringing beads, any type of model kit that he could put together and paint,any type of arts and crafts kits that involve cutting,pasting, or pasting. Those little melty fuse beads are great. You put them on a shape and melt them with an iron (mom would have to help with that part) and they make magnets or keychains,etc. Working with playdoh or clay is good,too.

TenThousandVolts
03-17-2008, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the suggestions- He does a lot of those things- We are going on a long car trip this week (11 hours) and I am packing a variety of activities to keep him busy. We have crayons, pencils and paper, dvds, books, leap pad, dry erase boards... Just trying to stock an arsenal of things for him to do so he won't go crazy strapped into his carseat for so long- I could just let him play games we already have- but I thought it would be nice if I could offer him a game that is more geared to his level.