By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom
Updated June 2012
These ages are only a guideline. Some of the games a 10 year old will happily play. I lump these games together and recommend because very little or no reading is required to play the game and/or no need for advanced fine motor skills so younger ones will not get frustrated. they are also fun and kids tested.
Tip for buying games for younger kids- Don’t spend tons of money on the latest releases. All video games are new to them and they are not looking for the 7th version of a something . Video games that have been around a while are cheaper and no less fun because they have been out for 1 or 2 years.
Also Nintendo DS Lite consoles play Game Boy Advance games. I like buying these for younger kids because game cartridges are large and easy to keep track of and you can get for really good prices often for as low as 2 or 3 dollars. The newest Nintendo DSi and 3DS game consoles do NOT play gameboy games.
Best DS games for Younger girls 4-8 years old
The list of Nintendo DS video games below is mainly for girls- boys may also play and I am not in any way stereo typing- the recommendations are based on my own experience with my own kids and feedback from my blog.
If you have a game to add- please do!
Farm Frenzy: Animal Country is cute, fun game where you manage a farm- taking care of animals and farm animals.
Reader Rabbit Kindergarten Part of the hugely popular Reader Rabbit educational series. This is actually quite good and very entertaining and one of the best DS games for younger girls 4,5,6 years old.
Nursery Mania is pretty much what it sound like :-) Taking care of babies and getting points for making sure they are fed and changed. These types of games are hugely popular with little girls and have to admit slightly addictive :-). This is a cute little game and alot of fun for younger girls.
Zhu Zhu Pets 2: Wild Bunch with Zhu Zhu Hamster is a Nintendo DS game based on the zhu zhu hamsters craze. Feed, water, brush and take care of your little hamster :-). A very good DS game for younger girls in the 5,6,7 year old range.
The Backyardigans features several mini games based on the popular TV series. Excellent for younger girls. A good Nintendo DS game for girls 4,5,6 years old.
Hello Kitty: Party
requires some VERY basic reading skills. This would be a good game to help encourage reading. Dress up Hello Kitty, sew with her, cook with her , etc. A fun little game for younger girls.A good Nintendo DS video game good for girls 6,7,8 years old.
The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals takes you to far away places where you “rescue” different animals. Perfect DS game for girls ages 6-8 years old.
Smart Girls: Playhouse simple yet fun games designed for younger girls.
Petz Nursery Is what is says- take care of your little puppy and kitten…. :-).
Animal Planet: Emergency Vets In this game you are a vet taking care of baby animals. Good video game for the 6-8 year old range.
Nintendo DS Cooking Mama Game A very solid game that requires next to no reading. Younger ones may have some trouble with some of the tasks like slicing and dicing but they catch on quick. My son was playing this easily at 4. I think this is one of the best Nintendo -DS games for younger girls 4-8 years tho older ones love it too!
Barbie Groom And Glam Pup
is another “taking care of baby animals” game that features Barbie. How can you miss! ? A great Nintendo DS starter game for girls 4 and 5 years old.
In My Baby Girl can take care of “baby” . You can choose between My Baby Girl or My Baby Boy either game is good if little girl is about to become a big sister :-). An excellent Nintendo DS game series for pre-school girls and but older.
Latest version is My Baby First Steps where your baby is now a toddler!
Let’s Draw! is a drawing game and great for long drives or waits. A good video game for younger girls.
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