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Five year old wants DS - any views or experience

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pagwatch Fri 10-Aug-07 13:04:20

My daughter is about to be five and she has asked for a DS. Her big brother has one and she has played a couple of his games ( he is also teaching her to play rugby ) and she is enjoying the Tiger Woods game. We have been in Game and she has spotted the games like catz and one about ponies.
I mentioned it to DH and he was a bit non- plussed and seemed to regard it as odd that she wants one.
My feeling is that she is incredibly active and rounded and does not do hours of tv or anything else so this would be fine.
Does anyone have a little girl who has one of these and what has your experience been ?

USAUKMum Fri 10-Aug-07 14:11:31

We just got our DS (6) a DS Lite -- to assit with a 8 hr plane flight. She's only played it a bit (mainly as I want to save it as a treat for the plane) so I knew she could do it. And she does love it. So far we got her Harvest Time Hop and Fly and Princess Peach. She'd like the Barbie 12 Dancing Princesses.

We plan to treat is as the computer. She has a time limit allowed on it.

mumeeee Fri 10-Aug-07 19:09:37

My niece aged 7 has one and she loves it. But she still finds some games a bit difficult so a 5 year old might find them hard.

paulaplumpbottom Fri 10-Aug-07 19:11:04

I know some people get these for their kids and I bet they are great on flights but for day to day maybe not so hot? Some good books instead? you could let her outside to play

juuule Fri 10-Aug-07 19:28:50

My dds (9y 12y) have DS lite. My 4yo dd loves playing Animal Crossing on them. At first she was a bit obsessive with it but now that the novelty has worn off she plays with her toys and things more than the DS.

FluffyMummy123 Fri 10-Aug-07 19:29:50

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oooggs Fri 10-Aug-07 19:30:31

oh how out of touch am I?

I read this and thought the five year old wanted a brother

Nbg Fri 10-Aug-07 19:31:26

I have one and my dd (nearly 4) loves it.

popsycal Fri 10-Aug-07 19:32:08

dh has one and ds1 (just 5) uses it - he loves it

popsycal Fri 10-Aug-07 19:33:33

games he loves:

super mario (cant remember which one as he calls it mario jump...)
sonic rush
yoshi's island
kirby (he calls it kirby mouse attack but I am pretty sure it is not called that)

rantinghousewife Fri 10-Aug-07 19:36:09

Dd (nearly 5) has used dh's a few times and asked for one but, we didn't bother because she only used it a couple of times and then got bored of it. I don't see the harm in them tho' as long as they're not stuck on them all day, everyday and it doesn't sound like she would be.

ScoobyDooooo Fri 10-Aug-07 19:39:08

My ds nearly 5 has one he loves it, he plays all the games posycal has said apart from kirby, super mario is his fav as is hes best mates.

cat64 Fri 10-Aug-07 19:40:29

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Nbg Fri 10-Aug-07 19:51:32

DD plays DiddyKong racing (taken from Mario I believe) and we bought her Disney Cars.

mezzer Fri 10-Aug-07 19:57:38

Wow, I'm REALLY out of touch. What's a DS? I also thought it was a dear son. I see it's something to do with video games, right? Gonna go back and hide in my cave now...

pagwatch Fri 10-Aug-07 21:19:26

sorry at confusion ! If she wanted a new brother she would be sadly disappointd

Paulaplumpbottom. Well done. As I said in my op she is incredibly active and does not do lots of tv or anything. Her brother is profoundly autistic and I am extremely wary of anything that would constitute solitary or passive entertainment. She and her brothers have been in the garden all day playing rugby, water games, building a den as well as a picnic and a barbeque. And she had chapter three of the lion the witch at bed time. But talking about a DS clearly makes me a crap mother. Well done indeed.

pagwatch Fri 10-Aug-07 21:21:58

Thanks all!!!
I have a few weeks to let her use brother's one and see if novelty wears off before taking the plunge but from all your responses i think it seems fine. Thanks again.

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