Try Lego, Dis­ney when buy­ing games for 6-year-old

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A reader writes in to ask about Xbox 360 ti­tles ap­pro­pri­ate for kids: “I have a 6-year old grand­son. I’d like to get him a suit­able video game. His fa­ther has an Xbox. Are there some ti­tles that you’d rec­om­mend?”

The Xbox 360 is a very ver­sa­tile game con­sole, but it doesn’t have as many games aimed at young kids as, say, the Nin­tendo Wii. Some of the ones that are avail­able are quite good, how­ever, in­clud­ing some of the LEGO games such as “LEGO Star Wars” and the re­cently re­leased “LEGO Lord of the Rings,” as well as “LEGO Bat­man 2: DC Su­per Heroes.” If the kid is a fan of the mo­bile phone ver­sions, “An­gry Birds Tril­ogy” is avail­able for the 360.

If the fam­ily has an Xbox 360 Kinect (the video sen­sor cam­era that en­ables mo­tion con­trols), “Sesame Street: Once Upon a Mon­ster,” “Kinect Dis­ney­land Ad­ven­tures” and the down­load­able “Kinect Sesame Street TV” are great op­tions.

In our house, one of the most pop­u­lar re­cent Xbox games with my daugh­ters (ages 5 and nearly 3) is “Sky­lan­ders Giants,” which is played with col­lectible toys. A $75 “Starter Pack” in­cludes three fig­ures and a USB por­tal de­vice to get them into the game.

Stu­dios contributed by mi­crosoft

“Kinect Sesame Street TV” is one of sev­eral Xbox 360 games ap­pro­pri­ate for kids around the age of 6.

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