In this digital age, you can't keep your child away from electronics completely — no matter how many warnings you read about screen time. So if your kids are going to be playing with electronic toys, games and computers, you need to make sure they are learning something along the way. These electronic toys for preschoolers are both fun and beneficial to their development.
The new MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System (VTech, $60) is a handheld system that's designed for kids ages 3-8. It's perfect for on-the-go play — like long car trips. With the MobiGo 2, your kids can learn and build on math, vocabulary, spelling, reading and other skills. Kids will love playing its games and programs, plus it also functions as an e-reader, photo viewer, art studio and more.
The original LeapPad recently got an upgrade. The LeapPad2 (LeapFrog, $100) educational tablet features improved battery life, a faster processor, front and back cameras, and a video recorder. Suited for kids ages 3-9, the LeapPad2 allows your child to play, learn and explore in a variety of different ways. With 4GB of memory and an app library of over 325 games, apps, songs, videos and more, it seems there are no limits to the learning and fun.
If your kids always want to use your iPad, give them their own tablet designed just for their age group. The InnoTab 2 (VTech, $80) is a durable multi-media tablet for preschoolers and young kids. Geared toward children ages 3-9, it features a 5-inch screen, photo viewer, video player, e-reader, MP3 player and much more. Kids can download more than 200 apps that include games, e-books and other learning activities.
With this toy, your kids can get physical while incorporating the gaming aspect too. The Fisher-Price SMART CYCLE Racer (Amazon, $80) hooks up to your TV and then kids pedal and steer while learning numbers, letters, shapes and more. It comes with the Learning Adventure cartridge, and you can buy other cartridges as well. Recommended for kids ages 3-5, this is one learning system that keeps them moving too.
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