Last year, kids got to sing like a pop star with the Kidi Star Karaoke Machine, and this year they get to dance like one with Kidi Star Dance. It comes with a light-up Kidi Star Dance unit that looks like a little TV monitor. It's here on the screen that kids will see animated dance moves to mimic. And when kids are wearing their Kidi Star band, the unit will recognize and respond to the movement. Two bands are included in red and blue, and they need to be paired with the unit before first use. These can be worn on the wrist or on the ankle.
There are several modes of play. In Dancing Academy, kids can follow the animated trainer to learn 20 dance moves from simple pointing to the classic Moonwalk. The dance moves are categorized into three levels of difficulty, and you can see what the difficulty level is by looking at the number in the bottom left-hand corner.
In Dancing Challenge, kids use the moves they just learned to dance along with eight original songs. If challenging a friend, see who knows the moves the best.
Kids can dance however they want in Free Dance mode. There are 10 styles of music to choose from, and the lights will move as kids move.
And if you choose to play Freeze Dance, follow the funny dance prompts and try not to move when the music stops.
For a different way to keep moving and playing, enter Games mode by pressing the controller button on the front of the unit. There are five different motion games to play: Beat Jam, where you shake your band at just the right time to play a musical instrument; Music Bubble, where players shake their bands to keep the bubble from hitting obstacles; Funny Conductor, a game where players wave their bands to the beat, just like they're conducting music; Magic Moves, which plays silly sounds when kids wave their bands; and Motion Challenge, a head-to-head challenge to see which player can perform the on-screen action the fastest within the time limit.
But that's not all you can do with Kidi Star Dance. Press the music button on the front of the device to enter music mode. Either connect an MP3 player to the device using the Audio-In Jack and audio cable, insert a micro SD memory card with MP3 files on it, or just play the built-in songs from the Dancing Challenge game. In this mode, kids can dance to their favorite songs or just use the unit as a speaker. The unit will still light up as the music plays.
We really like how many different ways there are to play with Kidi Star Dance. From dancing and gameplay to listening to music, kids are engaged in movement-based play no matter what mode they choose. In terms of the dancing, this isn't a dancing game like the video game series Just Dance. Kids don't have to get every move just right. Instead, the game rewards them just for dancing and encourages them to keep moving. And that's really what this is all about - getting kids active and having fun doing it.
Kidi Star Dance is for ages 5 and up.
Four AA batteries and two CR2025 lithium coin batteries are included for the in-store try-me features, so you might want to replace them before you play for best results.
Make sure you have enough space around you before playing.
4 AA & 2 cell batteries required
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