Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

Video Games that Let Parents Help Young Kids as They Play

by Tobey Grumet Segal on September 16, 2009

Looking to spend some time playing video games with a younger child? Try easing into it with games that let you play together, either cooperatively or in a special helper mode. Here are a few of our favorites.

Go, Diego, Go!: Dinosaur RescueGo, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue ($20, Wii)
You know Diego. Your kids definitely know Diego. Now you and your child can both help him reunite a baby dinosaur with its mama. Using the Dinosaur Guide Helper feature and another remote, parents can hang with their kids and collect various items in different levels by swinging on vines, jumping, digging and climbing. It has awesome graphics that look almost exactly like the TV show. And it’s perfect for the preschool set—with tons of repetition and motion.

UP! The Video gameUP! The Video game ($40, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360)
If they loved the movie UP!, they’re going to die for the video game. It follows our hero Carl Hendrickson and his young friend Russell through the jungles of South America—meeting their canine friend Dug and Kevin the prehistoric bird on the way. You’ll be competing in dog-fights, getting away from man-eating plants and battling exotic animals. Up to four players can work together at one time to create an exciting adventure.

Madden NFL 10 Huddle Up modeMadden NFL 10 ($50 for Wii, $60 for PS3 and Xbox 360)
The newest addition to the Madden series is here and, in addition to fabulous graphics and better camera angles, it has a new cooperative mode called Huddle Up that enables even very young players to join in. In Huddle Up mode, the parent plays the game normally while the child uses a pointer to block or trip up the receiver.

Wii Sports tennisWii Sports (comes with Wii)
This is simple because it comes bundled with the Wii. Of the five different sports to play—tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing—tennis is the only one with a cooperative mode where you and your child can compete as a team in doubles matches.

Discussion loading


From Michael on May 05, 2011 :: 3:05 pm

Playing video games with my children has really given me a good way to spend time with them doing something they enjoy doing.  I’m a huge fan of the Wii.  I’m not very good at any of the games, but I really do enjoy playing them with my kids, and even just watching them play sometimes!


Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.