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This year, if there is one item that should be on the entire family’s wish list, it is the XBox 360 + Kinect! My family has had an XBox and Kinect for years and I cannot emphasize how much we use this gaming system. But this is no ordinary gaming system — it is a workout system for the entire family.
The XBox 360 is one seriously powerful entertainment system. From playing your DVDs to grabbing the latest music, the XBox 360 packs a serious punch. My husband loves connecting to XBox Live in the evenings to play against other players online blow off some steam. (Sound like anyone we know?) Trust me. Your husband will go gaga over what this puppy can do.
But I’m writing this review from the point of view of a mom who has younger kids. Sure XBox Live is cool, but you’re looking for something that will work with your preschooler and elementary age kids as well as the teenage ones skulking about in the corner of the room. And while there are other gaming systems, this is the one you want.
XBox 360 Review
We live in the Midwest, and winters can be tough with kids. Everyone is stuck inside getting cabin fever. In an effort to create better quality family time and find a way to get my kids physical exercise, we looked at the Kinect the very year it was released. We were intrigued to say the least! What we didn’t know was just how amazing this entertainment system is and how much our family would rally around it.
Kinect brings a whole new level of participation.
As a mom, I don’t want my kids sitting around all day staring at the TV. These kids need to move! Which is why my husband and I were interested in the Kinect. When my kids were toddlers, they played more gentle games with the system, such as Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster and Kinectimals. It got them up off of the couch and interacting.
Even your preschooler can enjoy this entertainment system.
Little hands often don’t have the fine motor control to manipulate and use the gaming controller. The Kinect system reads your child’s body, so they don’t need to manage the controller at all!
Case in point: My son had backyard water party when he was five years old. Of course, rain was predicted. And in the middle of the party, the skies opened up and let it loose on the entire party. We had 10 wet preschoolers in our house who needed to be entertained. Thankfully we had Kinect Adventures, which has a white water rafting option (and is one of our personal favorite games of all-time). Even the children who had never played a video game before were jumping, bopping and weaving to get down the river, avoid obstacles and collect coins. The party was saved!
XBox 360 will grow with your family.
The range of games is impressive. But what’s even more impressive is the range of ages these games serve. There are fun and inviting preschooler games, action-packed sports games for elementary kids to adults, LEGO-brand adventure games, workout games to make you sweat and even the hard-core games dads seem to love. There really is no reason to need a different gaming system — this one can easily match any family member’s needs.
XBox 360 gets your family moving!
The fact that XBox 360 gets our family moving is the number one reason I highly recommend this entertainment system. As I mentioned, it gets cold here in the winter. We can get stuck inside and become couch potatoes. The Xbox 360 Kinect gets the whole family up off the couch and gets our heart rates pumping without feeling like we’re exercising.
For example, one of our long-time favorite games is Kinect Sports. This game wraps up basketball, soccer, football, bowling, beach volleyball, table tennis, boxing, golf, tennis, skiing, darts and baseball all into one. My 8 year old’s favorite sport to play is beach volleyball. He packs a mean serve and makes me work. Often a half an hour has gone by and we’re sweating up a storm but having a blast. He particularly loves it when he whips my butt — which happens more often than I care to admit.
XBox 360 Recommendations
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