Just Dance Kids [review]

iHeartJustDanceLast summer, Ubisoft had a stage dedicated to Just Dance at the BlogHer conference. Maya, then 5, had a blast. In fact, I think she may have been one of the first kids to ‘shake her sillies out’ with the Just Dance Kids, which wasn’t being released until November! Those 3 months seemed like an eternity… but the wait was worth it! And that’s the story behind the photo to the right.

Fast forward another 3 months, and the girls are still playing the game several times a week. Being cooped up indoors all winter, it’s been a great way to get some exercise, letting them burn off some energy in the comfort of our living room.

Maya can set up the Wii, pop in the game, and navigate the menus all by herself, which is wonderful. This allows me to fix dinner without interruptions, or spend a few minutes on the phone in my office.

The game is super easy to follow. Just hold the Wii remote in your right hand and mimic the movements of the kids on the screen. Three real kids, not cartoons or silhouettes. The moves aren’t nearly as complicated as those in Just Dance or Just Dance 2, making it easier for the younger crowd, but which also potentially makes it more boring. Let me put it this way… when Maya plays the Wii alone, she reaches for Just Dance 2. When she’s dancing with me, or with a group of friends, she prefers Just Dance Kids. She’s mastered the steps enough to know that she’s more likely to win, even though she’s made it clear to me that it’s not always about winning (when I beat her, that is! ;))

As you can see in the video below, Maya believes that the game is best suited for kids ages “5, 4, and 6″ and I would have to agree. Two to three-year-olds enjoy it as well, but need tons of parental (or sibling) guidance, as they’re not very coordinated, need help with the remote, and don’t recognize any of the words in the menus. It’s definitely a game that they can grow into, though.

All the songs are sung by kids, but with more than 40 tunes, there is something for everyone! Maya prefers more current songs, like Kids in America or Selena Gomez’s Naturally, while Maura always goes for the preschool songs – Old MacDonald, Wheels on the Bus, Bingo, etc. You’ll also find songs from popular kids’ TV shows like The Wiggles and Yo Gabba Gabba, and party hits like The Chicken Dance, YMCA, Celebration, and the Macarena.

Up to 4 people can play at the same time, so sometimes I’ll jump in and play, too! I have to admit I probably have as much fun dancing with the girls as they do dancing with each other! Often I like to just sit back and watch, though. It’s neat to see Maya getting better and better the more she uses it, and I can see Maura’s self-confidence grow with each song she dances to. She hasn’t quite mastered moving her arms and legs at the same time just yet. I love it when she looks over at her big sister for guidance. Maya is surprisingly understanding and patient with Maura when playing this game. She’ll take turns with her little sister, letting her pick every other song (which, to her disappointment, is usually Old MacDonald or Wheels on the Bus!)

BUY IT! You can find Just Dance Kids at retailers nationwide, including Amazon.com, for around $29.99. It makes a great birthday gift!

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Disclosure: While Ubisoft sponsored this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Ubisoft, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity. Contest ends March 9th, 2011, at midnight EST. Leave a separate comment per entry and a valid email address. The winner, chosen at random, must be located in the continental US and has 3 days to claim their prize.

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Comments

  1. shannon thompson says

    Me and my little girl love dancing to dancing queen by abba or hella good by no doubt..

    darkgothdoll@hotmail.com
    we have alot of kitchen dance partys haha. Also little dude loves to dance to yo gabba gabba so it is the funniest watching him.

  2. Stephanie says

    Don’t laugh…my kids love dancing to The Batty Bat song (sung by the Count from Sesame Street). We all love the “123 spread out your wings, 123 twirl round the floor…” parts.

  3. Vickie Couturier says

    ” I like to move it” is their fave,,,,they are so cute dancing

    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

  4. renee says

    I want this game! My niece said it was so fun :)
    My daughter and I like to dance to any of the songs on the Owl City Ocean Eyes cd.

  5. April Nantz says

    Our favorite is upbeat music. We like the censored version of Black Eyed Peas. LOL.

  6. melissa says

    I would like to dance with the kids to the song Surfing USA that a fun song.
    melisa0072 at gmail dot com

  7. Kathleen says

    I love dancing to Raise your Glass by Pink with my granddaughter. haha

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  8. Becky Cole says

    I like “Hot Stuff” on Just Dance 2 with my oldest son, but would love to win this game for my 5 yr old!

  9. delena McGuire says

    we dance a lot to who let the dogs out on just dance

    mcirish02 at hotmail dot com

  10. Leanne M says

    Thanks to the Alvin and the Chipmunks my daughter loves Beyonce’s “all the single ladies”.

  11. Shelley Mitchell says

    My kids would like to dance to anything by Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez.

    msjem2001 at yahoo dot com

  12. Jody John says

    My kids LOVE to dance to the Chicken Dance…thanks for the chance to win!

    dan_jody at live.com

  13. Raven In A Blue Room says

    we love to dance to *Staying Alive*

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  14. Raven In A Blue Room says

    I subscribed to your feed via google reader

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  15. Raven In A Blue Room says

    I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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  16. Molomatic says

    We love to dance to “We Got the Beat” by the GoGos, so fun! Thanks

    molomatic at gmail dot com

  17. ReggieMann says

    Already a RSS feed subscriber via Google Reader

    ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Sylvia says

    We will dance to anything. Many times we will just put on the radio and dance to whatever is on! We love to play the Wii to! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Valerie says

    I love to dance to any Raffi song with my kids. Our favorite is shake your sillies out.

  20. Melissa says

    My little darlings and I love dancing to The Elmo Slide together.
    Thanks a bunch! :o)
    casadelreed at embarqmail dot com

  21. K Anne says

    My children love classical music. They especially love Flight of the Bumblebee. We love to dance and goof around to that song.

  22. Jodene Gildea says

    My daughter and I love to dance to Tic Toc – it’s her favorite song at the moment.

  23. Stephen Jones says

    Me and my son dance to the Phineas & Ferb theme song every time it comes on. Never gets old!!!!!

  24. says

    I wish I could buy a Wii someday and enjoy it on my free time. I am sure that this is a great experience to enjoy my free time aside from just sitting in front of the television and watch any movies that I like to watch and spend time while eating chips
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