Yesterday, I spent part of my day in Dallas at a fun event!
I was able to attend the Activision Games For Girls Summit!
The day was hosted by:
- Suzanne Kantra from Techilicious
- Nicole Armstrong from Activision
- Holly Homer from She is Dallas and June Cleaver Nirvana
We got to play with, and learn about 6 different new Activision Games For Girls for the DS, coming out this season:
- Wappy Dog
- ZhuZhu Babies
- Mishi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
- Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize!
Such as, recent studies have shown:
- Video games help improve kids reasoning and problem solving skills
- Video games teach children resilience
- Gamers spend up to 80% of time failing, but keep trying until the task is completed
- Children who play video games are more creative
- Girls who play video games with a parent overall behave better
I was among the Moms in attendance that don’t limit video gaming time. I’ll tell you why. When my 26 year old son, was in kindergarten, his teacher said his small motor skills were not up to par. So, we happened to get a video game at that time and he loved playing it, before you knew it his small motor skills were great! So, I never limited my kids playing time.
I also, know that Moms are worried about outdoor time. My kids LOVED video games, from the very beginning. They would play for hours – they also rode bikes, played basketball and kickball in the street for hours! I never had to tell my kids to turn it off and go outside, they loved and did both!
There were two games that stuck out to me. One was the Lalaloopsy. I thought the fact that you could actually do crafts on it was really fun and unique. They showed making and decorating a tiara, you poured on glitter, just like you would on paper, and then had to use the microphone to blow off the excess glitter! That was pretty cool!
• Play with Your Favorite Lalaloopsy Dolls: All 12 dolls are available to play with including:
Mittens Fluff ‘N’ Stuff, Blossom Flowerpot, Bea Spells a Lot and many more!
• Colorful and Whimsical World: The handcrafted feel and bright palette is preserved in the
game. Every doll’s environment and items will feel familiar to all Lalaloopsy fans.
• Build Lasting Friendships: Help the dolls find and care for their pets to unlock their specific
craft mini-game; giving the finished crafts as gifts unlocks even more accessories!
• Create Cute Crafts!: Twelve doll specific craft activities are made uniquely personal with
various customizations and themes.
• Rewards A’Plenty: Frequent rewards, accompanied by distinctive animations, sounds and
content, coupled with delightful hidden collectibles, make the game engaging and exciting.
Also, each game comes with a limited edition mini Lalaloopsy doll!
The other one I liked was the Wappy Dog. This is an actual robot dog, and it comes with a video game. It reminds me of the virtual pets you can feed and bathe and pet and love. But, they can do it on screen and off and the dog reacts to the care! So, when they are finished with the video game part of it, they have an actual toy to take away and carry with them until they are ready to go back to the game! We know girls love dolls and having one to take with them! This is perfect!
He can also sing and be taught songs … I may have found my next pet…
Unprecedented level of interaction with an interactive pet toy
• The only one of its kind that combines strong emotional attachment and deep
simulation with the real world interaction of a physical companion.
• Wappy Dog can sing several different songs but can be trained to learn up to 16 tunes as play continues.
• More than 18 conversational prompts are answered with more than 350 evolving responses, with a “barked” response translated by the Nintendo DS software.
So, when you are making that gift list – take a look at these games for girls, I was impressed!