Explore Oceans with the Magic School Bus Oceans Nintendo DS Game

by Guest Contributor

Ten years ago I’d never seen a handheld game. Come to think of it, 10 years ago, most cell phones were only used for making calls and texting. No one used a cell phone for playing games.

For my son, handheld gaming devices are what he has grown up around. He has seen my husband and I use a myriad of cell phones over the years. He was a little guy of 2 when he started using a pretend cell phone. By 3 he had a Leapster Explorer. I’m still a tad shocked that I gave him a Nintendo DS when he was 5.

You see I had no choice. I know, I know, you’re probably saying “Well, you didn’t have to give it to him!” You’re right, but at the time my son was completely and utterly obsessed with his sisters’ Nintendo DS and any of the games he could get his hands on. His older sister took to hiding in her bedroom so that her brother wouldn’t see her playing with it.

So after hearing him whine and ask for his own DS, I gave in and got him one. In fact, I gave him a Nintendo DS that I won in a 5 Minutes for Mom giveaway! My son absolutely loved having his very own DS. The only problem I had was that there were very few games for kids his age. And that is why my son and I absolutely love the new Nintendo DS The Magic School Bus Oceans game.

We love The Magic School Bus in our house. My daughters watched the show all the time. My youngest is not as familiar with the show, but he was eager to learn more by playing the game. We’re a Scholastic family! My son finished his homework in record time AND without minimal complaining the day this new Scholastic game arrived. He quickly got to work exploring the game.

A few details about Nintendo DS The Magic School Bus Oceans game:

  • Recommended for 7+
  • 7 games with almost 200 science interactions
  • Points earned can unlock areas to explore
  • Many, many facts about life under the seas
  • Trivia questions
  • List price is $19.99, but it is on sale at Scholastic for $13.49 and on amazon for $16.

Here’s a scene from The Magic School Bus Oceans game for Nintendo DS — young gamers can take a turn driving The Magic School Bus!

I asked my son what he liked about the game. Here’s what he said:

  • “I liked learning about the ocean, sea creatures, and sea weed.”
  • He said that there is some reading involved, especially the trivia questions.
  • He told me that he wouldn’t recommend the game for preschoolers as reading is involved. He very helpfully suggested that younger kids should use a handheld game system, like a Leapster Explorer. Note: The game is rate as 7+ with an ESRB rating of Everyone.


Enter to Win!

One lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader is going to get their very own copy of this game. To enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know what your child’s favorite Magic School Bus story is. A winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced in our Sunday Around the Blogosphere post. This giveaway will end on December 20th, 2011 at midnight.

I was sent The Magic School Bus Oceans game for Nintendo DS to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed in the post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

This post was written by Jill Berry.

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer Thomas December 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

My kids also love the magic school bus, but to pick a favorite? No idea! The last one we checked out of the library was about insects.


2 Ivy T December 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

My daughter loves this series. Her favorite Magic Schoolbus story is when they go into outerspace and learn about the planets.


3 Damon December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

As a kid, I wanted desperately to ride on the magic school bus. Alas, video games had not come so far as they have today. … Are adults allowed to play? ;-)


4 stacy December 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Magic School Bus has long been a favorite around here. In The Time of The Dinosaurs is a favorite story.


5 Sharon Schoepe December 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

My son loves the Volcano story.


6 Christina Gould December 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Her favorite is the Waterworks book. Thanks for the giveaway!


7 Dianna December 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

My daughter loved the Holiday special. She also enjoyed the one about light and color.


8 Katie December 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

My daughter likes the one where they become butterflies.


9 Lisa Smith December 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

We liked the one where they learn about viruses in the human body


10 Staci A December 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm

My son loves The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake.


11 Van December 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

What a great game.


12 Vickie COuturier December 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

In The Time of The Dinosaurs


13 June December 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The kid’s just love these little video games.


14 LT December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Our favorite is Inside the Human Body!


15 Louis December 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

A. loves the Super Sports Fun

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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16 Angela E. December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Such a cute little game to win!


17 Lisa H. December 10, 2011 at 5:09 am

My kids love the Magic School Bus episode that teaches about sound in the haunted house..


18 Angela December 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My kids love the Magic School bus ‘”inside the human body” book or “water works”


19 Don December 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

These games are so great for the children.


20 SANDY December 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

the oceans


21 Carol Blevins December 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

My grandson loves the The Magic School Bus Oceans game and his sister longs for one. Thank you for the chance to win it for her.


22 Delilah Vela December 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

My daughter is terrified of tornadoes and is calmed by The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #5: Twiser Trouble: Twister Trouble


23 Jennifer Marie December 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

In the time of the dinosaurs would be our pick.


24 Chuck December 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Would be great for the kid’s.


25 Kelly D December 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My kids like when the School Bus explores the ocean


26 pamela james December 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I like the one about the human body-the magic school bus goes inside-pretty cool.

pjames330 at aol dot com


27 Rochel S December 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

Our favorite one is in the Human Body one!


28 Garrett December 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

We will have ton’s of fun playing this one!


29 Jennifer C. December 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

My kids love when they do things with Dinosaurs…heavensent1@yahoo dotcom


30 Natalia December 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

The story about human body and viruses.


31 John December 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

My son loves the story about volcanos.


32 Isabelle December 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

About dinosaurs is the one.


33 Brooklyn December 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

My little girl loves the Magic School bus! We have tons of the books…..she also loves watching the cartoon of it and her favorite one on TV was when the little boy had a bad cold and the school bus went in to see all the germs and infections! Sorry don’t know the name of it but it is her favorite!

Thanks for the chance!


34 janell wagner December 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

his favorite is volcano!


35 tarah rogers December 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

my 3 yr old likes all but the holiday special is currently one of his favs


36 tiffany milburn December 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

my yr old likes the waterworks


37 Ron Allen December 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

i think the boys would like the human body!


38 victoria lester December 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

I think it was called “Gets Ready, Set, Dough” about chemistry. My daughter gets a kick out of the Magic School Bus.
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39 Jamie December 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

In the time of the dinosaurs….my almost 7-year-old would LOVE this DS game!


40 ktjrdn December 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think Ally really likes the ones where they turned into bees. wait – google says it is “Inside a Beehive”


41 Michelle December 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

My daughter loves the Magic School bus! She likes the one where they learn about Australia.


42 Doris December 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

My son loves anything about dinosaurs, so he loves the dinosaur story. Thanks for the contest.


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