Ni Hao, Kai-lan: New Year's Celebration Nintendo DS Game
Chinese New Year is coming up soon, and 2K Play has a new Nintendo DS game for preschoolers called “Ni Hao, Kai-lan: New Year’s Celebration.” Asianmommy.com received this product from 2K Play for free.
Fans of the show “Ni Hao, Kai-lan” will love this game. It’s designed specifically for preschoolers—easy enough for them to play on their own, and provides encouraging hints when they need help. It’s just right for kids ages 3 to 5. In order to do the activities, they’ll need to be able to tap, scribble, drag, and trace with the stylus and blow or speak into the microphone. To prepare for Chinese New Year, the players will wake everyone up, clean up the house, go shopping for clothes, pick up ingredients to make Chinese dumplings, bake almond cookies, serve food for dinner, and then wash the dishes--all with Kai-lan and her friends. They’ll identify colors and shapes in the lantern parade, make gift envelopes, color a dragon mask, make a lantern, and play musical instruments. Finally, they’ll trace shapes and create a beautiful fireworks display.
What I liked: Overall, this is a fun game for little ones, especially for those who are already familiar with the TV show "Ni Hao, Kai-lan." The graphics are cute, the activities review colors and shapes, and the kids get to learn a little bit about Chinese culture. My daughter is 5, and her favorite activities were coloring the dragon mask & the gift envelope, lighting the lanterns, and making almond cookies. She really enjoyed the entire game.
What could be improved: I wish that more Chinese words and phrases were incorporated into the game. Ideally, this game would be bilingual, and offer kids the opportunity to learn their colors and shapes in Mandarin Chinese, as well as in English.