Customer Reviews: Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival - Nintendo DS
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on February 13, 2011
This is my 3 year old's first DS game. He finds the game fun and is excited to play.

But he gets frustrated because sometimes the characters talk too much during the games. He will repeatedly tap the correct answer but it doesn't register because they are talking. By the time they are done talking he is on to tapping wrong answers. Since his answers aren't acknowledged he thinks he is choosing the wrong ones.
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on December 26, 2011
My 5 year-old son is mildly autistic and has been working on learning to write/recognize numbers and strengthen his counting skills. He seems to like this game a lot, it holds his attention longer than most games. It comes with a stylus holder that makes the stylus the size of a normal pen. The game provides enough verbal instruction for young kids to play it independently and definitely provides a variety of mini-games to strengthen your child's skills related to counting and recognizing written numbers. Besides a few quirks noted below, my only real problem with the game is that it's a bit long-winded/repetitive with the intro and instructions, and it doesn't allow you to skip them or start/continue the game before it's finished. This is especially annoying when you're playing the games like Ring Toss and Strike up the Band where you have to do something like ring a bell 19 times (for example) and it has to say something after every ring. Also Cookie adds occasional pauses on these games to make comments or "rest" for a few seconds...seriously...? It's frustrating for the kids (especially on repeat plays) and impairs their attention span. Here's a breakdown of the games if you want more detail:

1. Big Bird's Bell - ring a bell a requested number of times. Kids can't lose, they just hit the bell until it stops them and congratulates them after hitting the designated number.
2. Ring Toss - Identify and complete patterns - for instance there is a green ring, then purple, red, green, purple, red, green, purple...? and the child is supposed to select red.
3. Falling Cans - three sets of cans of varying quantities are set out, the child is asked to choose the one that has less than 3, or more than 5, etc.
4. Pond Scoop - scoop up an object that has a certain number written on it. Good for recognizing numbers, but the items drift across the screen one at a time and the child is supposed to click it right as it passes through a yellow circle. They may have to wait a bit for the right item and if they click after it passes through the circle, the next item is scooped. I don't get this, seems it would make more sense to have multiple items on the screen and they can click on the one with the right number, and it shouldn't have to be in the circle.

1. Bunny Patterns - same pattern concept as Ring Toss.
2. Bad Donkey - repair holes in the fence of the horse pen by selecting a patch that matches the shape of the hole.

1. So Many Balloons - No real objective but it teaches relational concepts. Blows up several balloons by blowing into the mic, then Cookie says whether it's larger, smaller, or the same size as the first balloon.
2. Fruit Shack - same concept as falling cans, but with two qualifiers (more than 3 AND less than 7).
3. Monster Seek - Look and Find meets prepositions - tap on a monster that is hiding among 5 pieces of playground equipment, then Big Bird says it was behind/under/next to the object.
4. Pretzel Party - select the pretzel in the requested shape out of three options. I wish you could just tap the right one but it makes the child wait until the shapes rotate through that pesky yellow circle.

1. With the Band - same concept as Big Bird's Bell.
2. Chill and Catch - same concept as Pond Scoop but with a number of objects instead of an object with a number...same annoying issue with the yellow circle.
3. Ferris Wheel - choose the basket of the requested shape and color, again the child must wait for it to rotate through the yellow circle.
4. Fill That Car - fill the cars by adding monsters, Cookie counts until the car is full. I wish it showed the numbers in addition to speaking them.
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on March 23, 2016
My daughter love this game and all the fun things you can do well playing it. She also says it helps her learn. The game is very colorful and is age appropriate. Having Cookie Monster on the game makes it very cute because who doesn't love Cookie Monster... And the price for this game was also a good price it was been used many time and all my children just love it...
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on March 23, 2015
My daughter just turned 3 and this game is SO ... well ... boring! This game is so slow and everything takes forever. You have to count with Big Bird up to God knows how much during one of the carnival games (I believe it was that strength game with the hammer). My daughter finally just put it down and told me "Mommy, I don't like this game". I don't blame her, I was falling asleep and wishing the game would hurry up. And don't sit there and think it was just that half of the game; nope! It got worse as the game went on! Save your money and attempt for something more entertaining and helpful!!
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on January 11, 2015
My son loves this game! He's always been a fan of Sesame Street! He is 3 and is just learning how to use the Nintendo DSi his great-grandmother bought him for his birthday in November 2014. He already beat the game, but continues playing the games individually. He is learning his numbers. He already knew his shapes, but this is a way to play with that knowledge. His favorite game is the one where he helps Cookie Monster blow up carnival balloons. He intentionally pops them to make Cookie Monster say, "Oh, boy! No scare me like that!"
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on November 4, 2013
Product was received on time and was packaged very well. I purchased this for my granddaughter for her 3rd birthday. She absolutely loves this game. She was able to hold the stylus and follow the instructions without any problem.
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on May 24, 2013
my kids enjoy playing this game. there is one mini game that I find to be a little ridiculous just because they have to tap on the screen sometimes 20+ times and it takes a while in between taps for the monster to count, it doesn't seem to affect my kids wanting to play it so I just ignore the game when they get to that part.
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on March 9, 2016
I bought this game for my two-year-old little girl and it is so slow with too much talking not great graphics and a couple of good many games. would not buy again. You cannot play any game or do anything until they're done talking and explaining the game.
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on February 16, 2013
My son is four and enjoys the game for a while on his DS. He is able to play the game without my help, unlike some games he has played. The game has a lot of talking on it which makes it slow. My son figures out the answer and taps on it (several times) and gets a little aggravated because the game will not let you select the answer until it has finished talking.
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on May 3, 2013
It's a game my niece (5) and nephew (3) can easily play by themselves, BUT I'll agree with the too much talking comments. It can annoy them at times. Other than that it's educational and it comes with a stylus! :)
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