Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball

LQ: 7.6

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Brain grade: 7.3
Fun score: 7.9

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Other Requirements: Kinect sensor Thinking Skills Used:

In this game, players have to use their entire bodies to deflect balls and hit them down the court. Balls will shoot down a lane towards the player, and the player must hit the balls back and destroy targets at the end of the lane. When the player stands in front of the Kinect sensor, her likeness is represented on the screen, and she must use her whole body to move about the screen and block the balls. In order to send the balls back quickly, players can kick or slap them down for more speed. Because the game features no violence or inappropriate content, no academic skills are needed to play, and the controls are easy to learn, it is recommended for children ages 5 and up.


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

In this game, players need to stay on their toes—literally—in order to react quickly to the flurries of balls bouncing towards them. Players must block the balls and hit them back down lanes in an effort to destroy the targets located at the end of the lane. As they do this, more balls continually come into play, so eventually players will need to extend their legs and arms, twist their hips, and even head-butt balls in order to keep as many balls in play as possible -- all while trying to aim their shots at the targets. Players who have trouble staying loose and flexible will find it difficult to keep all of the balls in play.

Use this PlayTogether guide to learn how you can help your child turn Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball play time into a positive learning and relationship-building experience. To learn more about why playing games with your children is so important, check out our Science of Play page!

Talk Before You Play

Take a minute to talk with your child about how the Flexibility thinking skill works, and why it's important for success in school and at home.

Set Gameplay Goals

Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball  offers both single-player, and multiplayer game modes, so the best way to play with your child is to play cooperatively. Take a moment to examine the gameplay goals below and then jump into the game and try to complete them with your child.

Gameplay Goals:

  • Earn a silver medal or better on the Peekaboo level.
  • Earn a high score of 50 points or better on any level.
  • Earn a bronze medal or better on the Breakout level.
  • Earn a bronze medal or better on the Secret Doors level.
  • Earn a high score of 65 points or better on any level.

Stop and Reflect

After you have played through ten rounds of of Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball, take a minute to pause the game and talk with your child about how the game is exercising your Flexibility skills.

  • Share your ideas on how good Flexibility skills helped you to stay alert, and return the ball at a moments notice. Good Flexibility skills also helped you to move your body freely, and use all your limbs to break the blocks.
  • Relate this to specific aspects of real-life sports games that require similar quick actions and the ability to adapt, like dodging tackles in football, nabbing rebounds in basketball or pulling off a one-timer in hockey.
  • Explain how returning the ball in the game tests your reflexes, and how fast reflexes can help us avoid accidents and deal with unexpected turns of events.
  • Ask your child how the Flexibility skills utilized in Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball can be similar to staying alert and thinking fast in class. How is acting quickly and accurately in the game similar to speedily answering questions in class by staying alert and being the first to raise your hand?

Our Make it Real activites are designed to transform your child’s gameplay into real-world improvements in thinking and academic skills. If you’re just getting started with LearningWorks for Kids, we suggest you try them all to find which are the best for you and your child.

Introduce the Thinking skill

Read over the page for Flexibility. Then take some time to introduce this thinking skill to your child.

Explain That:

  • Flexibility is the thinking skill that helps us adapt to new situations, learn from mistakes, and change what we are doing in order to deal with different challenges.

Flexibility Activity

Get unstuck. Inflexibility can prevent you from finding a range of correct solutions to a particular problem. One way to help your child see how this behavior results in avoidable frustration is to have her help you out of a situation where you feel stuck. Using the computer is an ideal opportunity for this type of hands-on illustration. Next time you have a problem, keep repeating the incorrect activity or an ineffective remedy, then blame the machine. Tell your child it is the computer that is stuck. Most children are more knowledgeable about computers than their parents and will be able to demonstrate several ways to fix the problem. This, and similar opportunities, will give you a chance to talk about the need for new approaches and solutions at times when stubborn determination to stick to the old way of doing things just isn't working.

Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball & ADHD

Children with ADHD can benefit greatly from vigorous physical activities. Studies show that extended physical exertion can positively effect brain chemistry in a way the boosts attention and memory. Exercising can create a post-workout boost of brain fuel in the areas of the brain for memory and focus. You this temporary boost of attention to good effect by following the strategies below:

Using Kinect Adventures: Rally Ball for Children with ADHD:

  • Give your child a pre-homework workout. Play the game for about an hour right before its time for your child to start home work. Doing so will create a focus-enhancing, post-workout brain boost just in time for tackling schoolwork. 
  • Join in on the fun and play with your child. Doing so not only helps keep your child motivated and engaged, but lets you ensure high levels of effort to ensure your child remains active throughout the duration of the exercise.
  • Mix it up. There are other highly active games to check out on in Kinect Adventures. We recommend Reflex Ridge, Space Pop and River Rush.

 

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