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Bring the Action Inside This Holiday Season with Xbox 360 + Kinect

Xbox Kinect 360 for Kids

We’ve had so much fun since getting the Xbox 360 + Kinect! I normally try to avoid video games with my kids, but when something involves this much movement and family fun, I simply cannot resist. It’s nice to stay inside and play some virtual tennis every once in a while, especially when it’s freezing outside! In a previous post (link to previous post), we covered some ways to use the Kinect to stay fit. This time, I just wanted to share my favorite games from our collection with everyone. Keep warm and have a blast!

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  • Kinectimals 1 of 6
    These little guys are just the cutest thing! You raise a pet on screen by interacting with it through the Kinect sensor. After seeing that cover, I had to have a baby tiger. My littles are in love with this game and each have their own cheetah. Such a fun idea.

    Visit Kinectimals on for more information.
  • Child of Eden 2 of 6
    Child of Eden
    This rhythm-based game takes some serious getting used to. But eventually, I started to get the hang of it and have a lot of fun. The visuals are absolutely beautiful and the music is a trip! There's tons of movement involved too, so I had a blast learning. Describing this one can get pretty difficult this video will give you a better idea. It looks crazy and kinda intimidating, but fear not! It's tons of fun.

    Visit Child of Eden on for more information.
  • Angry Birds Trilogy 3 of 6
    Angry Birds Trilogy
    Now here's a game I can get behind! My kids didn't stand a chance against their iPhone touting mommy. I've played Angry Birds casually for years and now my kids and I can finally match up against each other. The controls work really well, too. I was worried that the lack of a touch screen might make it harder, but that same Angry Birds vibe stuck around.

    Visit Angry Birds Trilogy on for more information.
  • Body and Brain Connection 4 of 6
    Body and Brain Connection
    I don't think I've ever found a game that mixed math and exercising before, but I love my kids playing this! There always seems to be some disconnect between learning and fun, but this game totally blows that myth out of the water!

    Visit Body and Brain Connection on for more information.
  • Just Dance Disney Party 5 of 6
    Just Dance Disney Party
    Dancing games might be the most talked about genre on the Kinect. They're tons of fun and really well made. This is easily my favorite: all the big highlights of a dancing game and lots of safe songs for my little ones. Plenty to get inspired and get moving!

    Visit Just Dance Disney Party on for more information.
  • Virtua Tennis 4 6 of 6
    Virtua Tennis 4
    I had no idea sports video games could be so realistic! I played a little tennis when I was younger and cannot believe how real this game feels. With only a little practice, I took on my boys in doubles and beat their fannies! I'll have to pull out the old rackets and teach them a thing or two on some real courts soon.

    Visit Virtua Tennis 4 on for more information.


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