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Top 5 Video Games for Children Under Ten

Finding a video game for the little ones that is both challenging and fun can be a daunting task with the vast array of games on the market. To help make your selection easier, here is a list of the top 5 video games for children under ten:

1. Leapster (Handheld)

This game is by far the best choice on the market these days. Not only does it provide a more interactive experience than the Nintendo DS, but the console also speaks to the player, which is great for kids who haven’t learned to read. The interactive components of the console consist of a touch sensitive screen and buttons – this variety will hold your child’s interest. Also a wonderful array of software turns this device into an educational game player, an electronic book reader, a digital art studio and interactive video player. Plus the device is lightweight, making it easily portable.

2. Little Big Planet (PS3)

Little Big Planet offers a diverse and unique gaming experience for players of all ages. In the game, players take control of a personalized ‘sack person’ who ventures forth into an interesting and fun environment. Although the game is designed around getting from one place to another, it’s the way the game allows players to do this that really makes it stand out. The game can be played on its own or online where players can explore levels created by other players and can even create levels of their own! This expanded experience ensures replayability for up to four players, making this game fun for the whole family.

3. Animal Crossing (Nintendo Game Cube)

Created along the same lines as The Sims, this exciting role-playing game allows players to enter a village populated with human-like animals. Players can interact with other animals while doing chores and exploring but the bonus here is that with a memory card, their characters become portable. Plug the card into a friend’s game and your animal character enters the other game. There is so much to do in the village that the game is involving and engrossing and there is a strong reading component to the activities.

4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

This is a wonderful family puzzle game with a detective storyline and 135 mysteries to be solved. Layton and Luke are a Holmes/Watson type of duo and the puzzles are brainteasers. One bonus of the game is that the player can never get stuck on a puzzle. The game allows for switching from one puzzle to the next. The game is challenging and features a lot of content.

5. Scribblenauts (Nintendo DS)

This highly original game may not look like much at first glance with its hand-drawn graphics but it provides a unique interactive experience. In the game, players collect ‘Starites’ by writing words on the screen with a stylus. The words are then transformed into objects, which the player uses to solve spatially oriented puzzles. The game has an impressively large database.

Guest article written by: Andrew Salmon is a freelance writer, who, in addition to contributing blog posts about parenting and financial topics such as Canadian life insurance, is also a published author who has been featured on Amazon.

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