Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Toddlers are just as drawn to electronics as we are. They want our smartphones and our tablets, but not all electronics and the apps we have on them are created equal. If you’re thinking about taking the leap into the digital world, ensure that what you’re getting is age-appropriate and serves as a way to increase your child’s developing understanding of math and reading through engaging activities. Here are three items that are hot commodities for toddlers this holiday season.
LeapPad2 ($99)— LeapFrog’s LeapPad2 is a sought after item thanks to price, educational content, and durability. Only $99 buys you an easy-to-use tablet that features a wealth of educational content that grows with your child. From eBooks, downloadable apps, and cartridge games for all subjects, kids enjoy learning as they play. LeapPad 2 is a highly durable tablet that fits nicely in little hands. It features a front- and rear-facing camera that is easy to operate, a video camera, and stylus (although tapping works just as well). Parents receive the benefit of being able to track their child’s learning through the LeapFrog Learning Path.
Kinect Sesame Street TV ($29.99)— Xbox with Kinect gets kids up and moving without the burden of having to hold a controller. This hands-free system makes it easy for kids to jump, move, and engage with the game on the screen without having to worry about dropping the controller. New titles for the Xbox are well suited for toddlers, and Microsoft has created partnerships between trusted names in education for immersive content that kids love. Kinect Sesame Street TV allows toddlers to learn alongside Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Elmo. Children become immersed in the game thanks to the Kinect’s camera that puts their image on the screen as they learn through play. They can see themselves on the screen as the Count is counting, clap to learn letters with Prarie Dawn, and engage in additional experiences that mirror what they see on Sesame Street.
VINCI Tablet ($169.99-179.99)— Toddlers clamoring for your smartphone and tablet finally have a device of their own featuring educational content that will support their learning as they grow while also serving as a fully functional Android tablet with a camera, built-in WiFi, and a rubberized case designed to protect the screen. A parental screen makes the VINCI function like any other Android tablet. It also ensures that there is a wealth of content available for your growing child even after they grow out of VINCI. VINCI Tablets come in 2 sizes—a 7” size and a smaller 5” size. The 5” size is perfect for little hands due to its portability and the fact that the rubber bumper around it protects the screen more completely than the 7” size.
Little three year old boy playing with his media player via Shutterstock