Since the release of the original Nintendo DS in 2004, the company as steadliy promoted the hand-held console towards kids and especially preschoolers, so if you’re looking for the best Nintendo DS Games for Preschoolers, here’s our top 5 guide to games for kids from preschool to kindergarten.
#1 – Freddi Fish ABC Under the Sea
Veteran gamemaker Atari brings the educational series about a yellow fish named Freddi and her green friend Luther to the DS for the first time in Freddi Fish: ABC Under the Sea. Released in October, Freddi Fish ABC Under the Sea is the 6th game in the Freddi Fish series for kids, and this one focuses on early letter recognition for children ages 3-5. The game focuses on skills such as letter recognition, vocabulary, spelling, counting, following directions, coloring and tracing.
#2 – The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals
Let your little one team up with the popular classroom pets from the Nick Jr show – Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck. They will learn about animals as they help a Bengal Tiger, Panda Bear and Chimpanzee in need. With the DS stylus and microphone, they tap, drag, blow, speak and circle their way through activities like pulling a thorn from the tiger’s paw, building a ladder to rescue a baby panda and towing the chimpanzee’s space capsule to safety.
#3 – Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year’s Celebration
Now your child can learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun and exciting way from one of their Nick Jr buddy. The game fully utilizes the DS capabilities as kids can tap, drag, scribble, blow and shout through different activities. Let your child help YeYe prepare for a Chinese New year’s celebration with fun games like paper crafting, cooking, lighting lanterns, playing music and more.
#4 – Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure
Everybody’s favorite kindergartener, Elmo, teaches kids letters through engaging mini-games with easy to follow audio-visual directions that preschoolers can master on their own. The best part is the game’s difficulty adapts to your child’s level. The Nintendo DS version even includes Gameplay Helpers to simplify gameplay for your preschooler
#5 – Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival
Googly-eyed Cookie Monster is another one of the lovable, furry characters from Sesame Street who will teach your little one numbers through engaging mini-games with easy to follow audio-visual directions that most preschoolers can master on their own. Much like the Elmo game, the difficulty level will adapt to your child and the Nintendo DS version include Gameplay Helpers to simplify gameplay for your little one.
These top 5 Nintendo DS Games for Preschoolers are not only bestsellers, they are also some the best educational games on the console for younger players. Buy ahead of your own Cookie Monster or Elmo’s birthday and all of a sudden, you’ll be the best mommy or daddy in the world (like you aren’t already)!