Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

LQ: 8.5


Brain grade: 7.9
Fun score: 9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 3+ Other Requirements: Kinect Thinking Skills Used: , ,

In Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, players will accompany Elmo and Cookie Monster on a series of adventures inside a fantasy storybook, where they encounter friendly monsters each with a problem they need help solving. Players use the motion-controlled Kinect to do things like plant seeds, play drums, and dance. Players are awarded gold stars after completing tasks which can be used to unlock new stories and other content. After the player has completed all the tasks in a chapter, they move on to a new chapter to help the next friendly monster and continue the story. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is deemed suitable for kids ages 3+, because the game is incredibly easy play, and there is no inappropriate or violent content.

This game is good for kids who need help with:


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster helps players practice their Flexibility skills by making them try something different each chapter. There are a variety of activities for players to perform by interacting with the Kinect, and the motion used for each one is different. Planting seeds requires players to use an underhand throwing motion, while watering plants requires them to hold their arm outward. The game gets player active, making them use all of their limbs to move about. Dancing with Grover makes the player move her hips and feet, while flying with Cookie Monster requires the player to flap her arms like a bird.


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is also a great game for kids that need help with maintaining Focus. Players must pay close attention to what Elmo or Cookie monster tell them, as all instructions are given through their direction. Elmo and Cookie Monster will either show or tell the player what moves to use in a dance, what items to collect when exploring, or what costume they want to wear when playing dress up. If players don't pay attention to what is asked of them, they will have a hard time knowing what to do in order to complete each goal.


Managing our actions, feelings, and behaviors. Improving impulse control.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster can also help kids exercise their Self-Control skills. Players must use specific movements when interacting with the motion-controlled Kinect sensor, as it is very responsive to every movement the player does. Players cannot use wild or uncoordinated movements when throwing garbage to Oscar the Grouch, or when holding the beat of the drum. Instead, they must use deliberate movements, and resist the impulse to act out too wildly.

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