Since I was a little boy I played a lot with game consoles and computers starting of in the late seventies with the Pong game on a little game console where I can`t remember the name of see image of the game on the right. In 1982 it became more interesting with the Commodore 64. In 1984 my dad came home with the first PC a IBM 5155 portable PC. After that many upgrades of the PC every time faster and better first only DOS based then followed the whole Windows family starting at Windows 1.0, and currently with Windows Vista .
Reading the book from Don Tapscott I learned: Digital immersion has a tangible, positive impact on brain development. Video game players, notice more, they have more highly developed spatial skills that are useful for architects, engineers and surgeons. The gamer is quicker in switching tasks than the one who isn’t.
By the time children reach their twenties they have 20,000 hours experience on the internet, and over 10,000 hours playing video games. TV is no longer the number one as it is estimated around 18,000 hours.
I am a strong believer that children should adapt technology at an early age. Although I know there is a lot of criticism about online time, amount of hours kids are watching television and playing video games.
I have 3 daughters and we had 1 Nintendo for the middle one 7 years, the at that time two years and 4 months old daughter all the time wanted to play with the Nintendo DS, until the moment I thought enough I have to buy another one. I was amazed how many hours she spend on the Nintendo and the patience she had to succeed, the first games she played were the mini games from the Super Mario-Bros game
Because the EC rating (Early Childhood) of the ESRB rating symbols is not widely used anymore at least I can’t find a lot of EC Nintendo games in the shops. I decided to put a list together with DS games for Babies and Toddlers.
Top 10 Nintendo DS games for the early childhood players
1. New Super Mario Bros. (included mini games)
2. Nintendo DS Nintendogs Dachshund & Friends
4. Super Princess Peach
5. Animal Crossing: Wild World
6. Bratz Forever Diamondz
7. Crayola Treasure Adventures
8. Petz Dogz Pack
9. Build-A-Bear Workshop
10. Cooking Mama
11. The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals
12. Imagine: Babyz
13. Let’s Draw!
Have another one which you like to recommend let me know!