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Best Wii Games for Preschoolers
Wii Games For Kids 6 and Under!
Featuring the best Wii games created for kids from 2-6 years old, plus a few more created for "Everyone" that are open and easy enough for younger kids to play on their own.
Little kids love being able to game like the big kids. I've let mine play from the time they're able to hold and wave the Wii remote. The Wii can be great for even the youngest gamers when the controls are kept simple and the reading to a minimum, which is true of a large selection of games released for kids under the age of six. Even better is that many of these Wii games feature characters they know and love.
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day was one of the first family party games designed for preschoolers. Little players can choose to play as the adorable Nickelodeon characters from the show, including the little tiger and monkey characters, which were popular here.
Even the youngest players can participate in the activities chosen for the ten mini games, such as butterfly catching, kite flying, dragon boat racing, bubble popping, badminton, and soccer. These games are intended to be socially educational, teaching good sportsmanship and broadening cultural awareness.
My middle boy loved this game above all others at ages two and three.
1 or 2 Players
Recommended Ages: 2-6
Nickelodeon Fit is a fitness game just for our preschool gamers. Beloved Nick Jr. characters Dora, Diego, Kai-lan, and the Backyardigans help promote exercise fun.
Over 30 mini games keep kids engaged and moving, including biking with Dora, river rafting with Diego, running with Kai-lan and jump rope with the Backyardigans.
Other features include achievement tracking and the ability to queue up activities for your child.
Limited multiplayer, primarily single player
Recommended Age: 3 and up
Nickelodeon Fit Video
Nickelodeon Dance 2
Kids love their very own dance game with stars they know and love, singing and moving to songs just for them.
Team Umizoomi and the Bubbleguppies join returning Nickelodeon Dance stars like Dora and the Fresh Beat Band in Nickelodeon Dance 2.
Nickelodeon and 2K did a great job with this game.
Recommended Age: Preschoolers
Nickelodeon Dance Video
Sesame Street Musical Monsterpiece
Musical Monsterpiece is a delight for little Sesame Street fans.
Activities engage children in the creation of music as well as the enjoyment of dance, all while tossing in a little math through the connection between math and music.
This neat little game is easy enough for the toddler gamer, but mom and dad can help if they want to play, too.
1 Player, Limited 2 Player
Recommended Ages: Toddler on up
Musical Monsterpiece Video
Just Dance Kids 2
Just Dance Kids features 40 fun dance routines, with covers of songs loved by kids of all ages. Genres of music include popular music, classics, movie hits, and TV-show favorites, making this a fun game for kids of all ages.
For the littlest gamers, they have songs from The Wiggles and Yo Gabba Gabba as well toddler classics like "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes."
Cooperative mode is just what you'd expect, with kids dancing together to the songs they love. The challenge mode, however, has a unique twist, with kids "popping" bubbles while they dance to see who can collect the most.
Up to 4 players
Recommended Age: Toddlers on up
Just Dance Kids Video
World of Zoo - Up to 4 Players
World of Zoo
I'm cheating just a little bit, to include World of Zoo in this list. The gameplay is meant for an older player, but if you ignore the Zoo development goals, toddlers, too, can enjoy playing with and caring for their favorite animals.
Whatever the animal wants appears in a thought-bubble over their head. Clicking the thought-bubble makes that item drop down in front of the animal. The game even saves automatically.
Players are given a choice of animal to begin their zoo with, so kids can choose their favorites and immediately begin playing with them. The monkeys and big cats, were, again, popular choices here.
At 2 1/2, 4, and 8 years old, my three oldest loved playing this together.
Up to 4 Players
World of Zoo Video
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
Like Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, which was an earlier Wii title, Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure is a good beginning role-playing game for Disney Princess fans.
There is adventure to be had as players take on the role of an apprentice to the Fairy Godmother, travel the enchanting worlds of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana, and use their magic wands to help undo a spell that's been cast over the kingdoms.
Best for the older preschooler - around ages 4 or 5 and up.
Fairytale Adventure Trailer
Although an older title, Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey is a lot of fun for families with younger children. It's a one to two player, cooperative game, so they get to help each other, rather than compete, to complete the tasks.
Your child gets to create her own princess and play the part, interacting with favorite Disney Princesses to help them restore their kingdoms.
The storyline is a simple role playing adventure, with no killing. The players, as princess, simply wave their wands and the enemies turn into butterflies. I've had three to seven year olds playing this game and it fit their skill levels well. Even my little son loved playing this game with his big sister.
1-2 Player, Cooperative
Recommended Ages: 4 and Up
Dora Saves the Snow Princess
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess is an easy, fun adventure for Dora fans. They'll explore a snowy world and soar on a pegasus, but best of all, help Dora and Boots on their adventure.
The game allows parents or another helper to join in using the Snowy Forest Helper feature and a second controller.
Up to 2 Players
Best for kids ages 2 - 5
Go Diego Go: Great Dinosaur Rescue
Of course, if you have a mad little Diego fan, like I do, you need at least one of the Diego games. In the great Dinosaur Rescue, your little gamer can explore a world of dinosaurs in this easy adventure for ages 2-5. For little ones who love Diego and dinosaurs, it's a dream of a game.
Parents, siblings, or friends can join in using the Dinosaur Guide Helper feature and a second controller.
Diego's Rescue Safari, and the early Dora Wii adventures are all very similar, with different themes. You pretty much only need one. For my daughter, we picked up one of the Dora games. My older boys didn't care for dinosaurs, so we ordered the Rescue Safari title on eBay. Now my youngest, HE likes dinosaurs, so this is the game for him.
Up to 2 Players
Recommended Ages: 2-5