Perfect game for babies age 6 to 24 months

Discussion in 'Games' started by hcuar, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. hcuar macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2004
    Ok... I've been keeping my eye on a game to get my baby involved in computing. She's now 8.5 months old and loves to "jump" my toon in WOW. Which is all fine and everything, but difficult to play when warlocks must remain still during casting. (anyhow)....

    On Saturday I went to the Apple Store in Des Moines and discovered a new software title being sold called Giggles Baby - Shapes. Here's the website: .

    She loves this game! It's great because it provides feedback for pushing keys and the mouse button.

    So... if you are looking for a game for a wee little one, i'd highly recommend it.
  2. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    As an aside, my daughter (now 5) loves to do this as well. It was a little...uh, "disturbing" when she started mimmicing my succubus too... :eek:

    I'm a little scared about giving a child access to an expensive Apple computer to bang on the keyboard/trash the mouse. We let my daughter play Dora on my wife's PowerBook, though.

    She's not allowed anywhere near my MacBook or PowerMac! :D
  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Yea giving little kids macs will make your wallet empty. Its cute when their 5 and have a basic iMac. By 10, they will ask for a Mac Pro with all the trimmings.
  4. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

    crap freakboy

    Jul 17, 2002
    nar in Gainsborough, me duck
    ahhh memories.
    Started my daughter at 9 months on Quake3, basic mouse control, keyboard skills- all on a bot-match with no weapons besides gaunlet- no blood of course. Moved onto the simple game you mentioned but it didnt hold her interest for too long. To be honest of all the game demos shes tried for her group none have come close to the flash based ones offered for free. I'd personally recomend the following-

    Now at 5 years old (just) shes got her own account, is able to login with pw, open Safari, navigate her bookmarks and print web produced artwork. Next is terminal scripting. Biggest problem I've found is at UK schools they tend to be Dell based, which she find quite dificult to navigate compared to OSX...go figure.
  5. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I grew up playing Dark Castle, though that might be hard to find now.
  6. StartTday macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2006
  7. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Dude, I still have that game. I wonder if it's worth anything.
  8. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I don't know about WoW or FPS for the little ones, but it's truly amazing how they figure it out and have no fear of computers. The iMac is in the living room, primarliy for the kids (3 and 5) to play edu-tainment (and some just plain fun, mostly non-violent) games on.

    I concur with crap freakboy that many of the freely available flash games on the 'net are just as educational/entertaining to them as packaged products. I just put shortcuts to their favorite sites on the desktop and they wing it from there...

  9. petej macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2004
    I just use Garage Band with musical typing turnd on. My 2yr old daughter loves it. Not sure my PB is so keen on her thumping though.
    She has also sent many an e-mail for me, mostly when I didn't want them sending as she was sitting on my knee whilst I was trying to work.

    BBC website mentioned above is excellent.
  10. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Big Brain Academy? I thinks designed for kids.

    at that age I wasn't playing anything! Think I was about 3 when I got my Amiga and NES. Though the amiga was spent being nothing more than a digital art kit with Deluxe Paint.
  11. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    At that age you shouldn't be playing anything. It's not recommended for children two and younger.
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I often show film clips from Google Video or YouTube to my 18 month old daugher (search for 'cats' or 'dogs' or anything child-appropiate.)

    I sort of feel I'd prefer her to look at a LCD screen rather than your typical cathode ray TV (TV is generally banned, but if we show her a kids program, she tends to rush up to it and stare at it from 2 inches away - not healthy!)

    One problem is she loves poking the Powerbook screen - arrgh!

    How do you deal with that?

    We should start a Macrumors Parents club :)
  13. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005

    That's pretty much the only game I own that I would let anywhere near a child of that age :p Just looking at the boxes of some of them would probably screw 'em up for life :eek:
  14. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    oh all I was doing at that age was doodling in Deluxe Paint and trying to work out what the hell you're supposed to do in some Ghostbusters game. it's pretty mad actually, my parents have my first drawing on paper and a print out of my fist digital image (a rocket with the number 8 on it flying around earth). it did teach me tremendous mouse techniques. no need for a drawing tablet now :)
  15. JBot macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    You mean people like you actually get someone after all?

    No im only kidding.
    When i was a kid i remember playing dos games on my dads desktop. Reader rabbit, treasure island.
    Atari also was a good time.

    I suggest going for a gamecube, playstation, xbox, if you want them to improve movement comprehension skills. To my belief those systems are made more for kids than a computer is.

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