Nickelodeon Fit for Wii
I’ve said it before: I’m not usually a big fan of small children playing video games. But I make an exception when they’ve got some educational value and they get kids moving.

I’m pleased to see that Nickelodeon and Nintendo have teamed up to do those very things with a smart new line of video games.

[don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!]

Nickelodeon Fit for Wii
has 30 engaging games that will give your kids a workout. Kids can hula hoop
with Dora, jump rope with the Backyardigans, or even leap over hurdles
with Kai Lan. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re
exercising. And yes, it is exercise–after playing with my daughter, I was actually sore the next

There are so many different characters and games, that I think it
will be a long time before my daughter gets bored playing it. And while
kids can use the Wii Fit Balance Board, it’s not necessary to play the
games, so don’t feel you have to invest in one.

diego's build and rescue
Less exercise-oriented are games like Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure for Wii, Nintendo DS or
PlayStation 2, but if your kids are anything like my daughter, they’ll
love the birthday theme. There’s also some nice opportunities to learn interesting
facts about animals and their habitats with Mega Bloks: Diego’s Build and Rescue for DS (left), which has kids run, jump, and climb while helping Diego build
things to rescue those jaguars and llamas.

I also like Dora’s Cooking Club,
which has over 30
games that teach kids how to chop, measure, stir, and follow recipes.
I’m a fan of anything that encourages kids to eat healthier–but since games like this don’t get kids moving, you might want to save them for a
long car trip.

All of the new Nickelodeon games are geared for the preschool
set, but considering I had so much fun playing the Nickelodeon Fit for
Wii, I bet older kids will enjoy them as well–even if they’ve outgrown
the characters. Me included.  -Torrie

Congratulations to Shannon L, lucky winner of the Nick games for DS!

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