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How to Choose an Electronic Educational Toy

Learning outside of the classroom can be a ton of fun, and technology has given parents a new set of options. Choose the best, age-appropriate electronic toys for your child to keep her entertained and engaged.

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The right electronic toys can make early learning fun and give your child a little jump on the school year. Toddler toys that aim to teach the alphabet work best when they connect a picture of each letter to its phonic sound. Toys that connect words to images can help preschoolers learn about reading. Electronic toys that sound out words can help your child begin to understand that everything in our world can be verbally identified. You can make an iPad or Android tablet better for hands-on learning with toys that bring games into three dimensions. These reinforce motor skills and spatial thinking along with the learning. Some kid tablets include cameras and special effect apps for added creativity. Look for one with games geared toward your child's school year for grade appropriate learning. Videos can be educational too, and can often be played without Wi-Fi. And there's no harm in calling upon some favorite characters to encourage your child to read some ebooks.