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should i get my 3 year old a nintendo ds

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twospecialgirls Wed 22-Aug-07 22:03:35

do you think my 3 year old is to young for a nintendo ds she doesnt stop asking for one but cant decide !!! help

hana Wed 22-Aug-07 22:07:46

a 3 year old with pester power?

far too young I think!

moljam Wed 22-Aug-07 22:08:57

i dont have one so cant comment on it really but would have thought 3 was very young!

stickyj Wed 22-Aug-07 22:10:05

No ab not, she's too young and should be doing other stuff. I bet she's not an only one, is she and has perfected pester power to the nth degree. Just say no and mean it

cylon Wed 22-Aug-07 22:10:14

yes i think your three year old is too young.

ds2 has one aged six. i think he is a little young as well. but pester power, couopled with older brother who has a psp, and dh all meant that he got one for his brithgday.
dd aged 4 wants something. it i unfair that she doesnt have a handheld console whilst her brothers do. but tought. i thik her eyesite and concentrations kills are more important.
three is imo definitly too young

Ceolas Wed 22-Aug-07 22:10:19

No way. Definitely too young. Am just considering it for DD1 aged 7.

IdrisTheDragon Wed 22-Aug-07 22:11:32

DS will be 4 in November and I can't imagine gettinmg him one.

MerlinsBeard Wed 22-Aug-07 22:13:44

no!

whats wrong with playng outside?

ScoobyDooooo Wed 22-Aug-07 22:13:44

My ds is 4.11 & has had one for about 8 months, he loves does not play it to often though the novelty does wear off.

scienceteacher Wed 22-Aug-07 22:13:50

I think 3 is too young. My 8, 10 and 13 yo's have them, but I think my 8yo struggles with her attention span. My 5yo likes to dabble, but only with texting the others. I don't think she can really manage the games.

UCM Wed 22-Aug-07 22:14:04

I think (I have a nearly 4 year old) that one day your DD will be pestering you for the much more expensive one. Isn't it better to let her play with dolls & prams and suchlike instead of creating a rod for your own back. Apart from the fact that these games are, in my opinion, a bit isolating unless used properly. I have friends who have 5 year olds who use them for hours & hours, never have any fun with their parents, just beep, click, beep, click. Shameful.

LIZS Wed 22-Aug-07 22:14:30

No I don't think they really understand how to use them until 5 or 6 at earliest let alone how to treat them gently. If she is that desperate I'm sure you can find another hand held game which would keep her happy, it is the idea more than the thing itself.

FrannyandZooey Wed 22-Aug-07 22:14:34

How does she know what it is?

ScoobyDooooo Wed 22-Aug-07 22:15:31

I must also add ds only plays super mario.

stickyj Wed 22-Aug-07 22:16:06

my 12 yr old has been pestering for yrs and has gone off it now. It's a lot of money for a 3 yr old...could get loads of great toys with that/books/jigsaws/anything that stops her growing uo too fast. Sand pit, crayoyns, soft stuff?

ChasingSquirrels Wed 22-Aug-07 22:16:44

personally I wouldn't even consider it.

twospecialgirls Wed 22-Aug-07 22:34:31

she knows what they are as older cousins have one and dad has a psp !!!! all his fault i blame him !!! i agree would rather make bracelets with her or play on trampoline!
very hard as she doesnt stop going on ! shes 3 going on 17 haha

Nightynight Wed 22-Aug-07 22:35:29

no way no way

twospecialgirls Wed 22-Aug-07 22:35:35

i agree lizs i think it is the idea of it rather than the thing itself

KerryMumbledore Wed 22-Aug-07 22:36:31

No. No. No.

You start giving her this stuff now and you're doomed.

DS2 is getting one for xmas. He'll be 5.

twospecialgirls Wed 22-Aug-07 22:37:19

think im doomed already !!!

rock Wed 22-Aug-07 22:39:43

Don't get one!!
3yrs is to young as with most games you will need to read instructions.
My ds is 9 and I wish dh had never bought it for him. He is obsessed by playing with nintendo. He will also be grumpy if he plays for longer than 45 minutes. I try to limit it to 30 minutes but it causes constant arguing. He will also fight more with his younger brother after having played. This will wear off. Feel like throwing it away at times.
Any suggestions out there??

Nemo2007 Wed 22-Aug-07 22:40:04

Probably going against the grain but I have a DS and ds has been playing it for a while, he is 3.10yrs. He knows exactly what he is doing and will play dogs or mario kart[only 2 games I have]. He is more than capable to play with it but I dont think I would have purposely bought one FOR him.

KerryMumbledore Wed 22-Aug-07 22:40:48

Time Limits rock. Time limits.

Get an egg timer. Set it for 60 minutes or whatever. Once it goes DING. Times up.

rock Wed 22-Aug-07 22:47:00

Egg timer sounds like a good idea as ds will not be able to argue with it. Will give it a go .
Ta.

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