The Besties: How to Keep a Child Entertained (and Other Impossibilities)
May 3, 2022 9:39 AM - Subscribe

Today on the show we're answering a long-requested question: What sorts of games do you play with kids? The Besties weigh in on some of their chosen diversions. Games discussed include: Monster Legends, ABCYa/ABCMouse/PBSkids, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby and the Forgotten World, Roblox, The Room, Humongous Games, and Chuchel. Direct Episode Link

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posted by lazaruslong (3 comments total)
I don't have kids but found the episode enjoyable.

I especially appreciate the extended descriptions of Roblox which as a childfree aging millennial I was pretty ignorant of and have been too lazy to learn.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:41 AM on May 3, 2022

This was great. I have a just-turned-3yo who doesn't really show any interest in manipulating anything on screens-- she loves TV/movie screen time and being shown photos, but is uninterested in anything requiring interaction. We've really just tried drawing (so-so) and the PBS Kids app (seems frighteningly boring even to her). Plante's description of getting to Sonic with his four-year-old was great, and the Sago Mini app that Griffin mentioned also sounds like a pretty good one to try.

Roblox sounds... interesting. They've touched on it before. We're too young for it but the descriptions of it as a digital playground are kind of fascinating.
posted by supercres at 2:00 PM on May 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

It's also too bad that this was right before Switch Sports came out. I'd be interested to hear how young kids need to be before that "clicks". I vaguely remember the original Wii Sports finding purchase with younger kids, but I don't remember how young; even my youngest cousins were like 4-6 when it originally came out.
posted by supercres at 2:02 PM on May 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

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