Kinect to connect kids with Cookie Monster and cubs

Last year, Microsoft told us that it had plans to make the Kinect more friendly for kids, and now they’re showing us the goods, with September the time that your kids can finally play with Elmo and Grover and bears, oh my!

The next time you stumble onto Sesame Street, you may well be interacting directly with the characters from the hit Children’s Television Workshop show, as “Kinect Sesame Street TV” will be rolling out later this year, available in eight 30-minute episodes.

Kinect Sesame Street TV is an exclusive Sesame Street experience taking specific episodes from the Street and making them more interactive, allowing kids and family members to wave their arms about and participate directly with Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and of course Elmo.

National Geographic is also getting in on the interactivity with it’s own Kinect-enhanced TV show, “Kinect Nat Geo TV,” a program designed to teach kids about nature and get them excited with games, activities, and little exploration activities.

Shown off and announced at a Microsoft launch in October last year, Microsoft had hoped to get the interactive TV shows up by May, but with that month already past, has now said that September 20 will be the day the game-TV hybrid will go live, with eight episodes of each coming in at $39.95 or 400 Microsoft Points each.