Best Learning Toys
Technology has engulfed the modern world, and everything is going digital. The latest on the addition of things going digital is children’s learning toys. Gone are the days when parents bought board games for kids. These days, there are wide varieties of learning tablets that offer immense number of educational materials, books, games and much more to help your kids through the learning phase.
Choosing any one device in particular might not be as easy as one might think. These learning toys vary in terms of price, screen size, storage capacity, screen resolution and various other features.
Here, we have prepared a list of some of the learning toys/tablets.
LeapFrog is among the leading manufacturers of learning toys for kids, and the LeapPad Platinum from the company is one of the best products in its category. The device comes with 7” hi-res multi-touch capacitive screen and runs on powerful quad-core processor.
The product comes with 8GB of internal memory, front and back cameras and video recorders, music player, enhanced parent controls, kid-safe web browser and more. The product is available in green and purple.
- The games and apps available with LeapFrog are educational and age appropriate, so you don’t have to worry about inappropriate content, in-app purchases or anything similar.
- The packaging also includes 10 apps and 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagiccard digital game and interactive cards, enough to keep your toddlers busy.
- You do have access to thousands of LeapFrog educator-approved apps in the company’s app store, but most range from $5 to $35 and they don’t even offer a trial period.
- You will find the device to be quite limited in terms of its capabilities, especially if you have used Kindles or any comparable devices in the past.
The company claims the LeapPad Platinum to be the toughest laptop by the company, having introduced a shatter-safe screen. The device has been targeted for children between 3 – 9 years of age. The kid-safe feature is a huge plus, and additionally, it also offers password protection along with time limits in order to help the parents manage their kids’ play, and customize experiences set for the right age.
For those of you who feel that LeapPad Platinum is bit expensive for something to be used by a toddler, LeapPad2 is the perfect alternative. The device featuring 5” touch screen is an upgrade to the LeapPad and comes with a faster processor, better screen display and is equipped with loads of educator-approved facilities.
The device comes with 4 GB of internal memory and 5 free apps to provide ultimate learning multimedia experience to your children.
- 5 different apps pre-installed in the device are Pet Pad, Learning Songs, Art Studio, Cartoon Director App, and any 1 app of your choosing. The app like Cartoon Director App might also keep the parents busy; as it lets the users create their own movies.
- The LeapPad2 is compatible with 325 plus game cartridges. Also, you can download variety of amazing educational and age appropriate apps for kids from the LeapFrog App Centre.
- You can use your fingers on the multi touch screen, use the stylus to tap, draw and write, or turn, twist and shake the tablet for exciting motion-based play.
- The screen resolution isn’t all that impressive if you are planning to watch videos on the device.
- The device is quite limited when compared to normal tablets like Kindle Fire and Ipad mini.
The LeapPad2 has been designed specifically for kids. The device is sturdy and has been designed to withstand your kids’ tough love. Granted, there are few cons, but it’s really cheap compared to the high end devices available on the market. LeapFrog App Centre contains all kinds of educational games and applications, which are perfect to keep your children occupied.
The colours available are green and pink. Two other options of styling available for the product are Disney Monster University Bundle and Disney Princess Bundle.
VTech InnoTab 3 is a Smartphone-like device designed for kids. The device features 4.3” colour touch screen and also directional pad to allow more ways to play on it. This lightweight, compact device has been designed with safety and durability in mind. Innotab 3 comes with 2 GB of internal memory and a micro SD card slot, which allows you to add an additional storage space of up to 32 GB.
There are 16 pre-installed apps in the device, offering your kids plenty to play with right out of the box. The device is available in blue and pink, with the pink costing about 5 bucks more.
- Language is the fundamental part of learning, and the interactive E-reader featured in the device allows the child to explore e-books with story narration, character voices, vivid graphics, and touching any word offers pronunciation and meaning of the word. There are plenty of eBooks available for purchase via VTech’s Learning Lodge.
- This innovative and educational product features a 2.0 mp camera capable of both photos and videos. Along with the 55 special effects for pictures, the D-pad and the microphone adds more ways to enjoy the colourful screen.
- Despite looking good on the paper, it can get slow at times and the features are quite limited when compared with normal tablets and smart phones.
- The touch screen cannot be said to be highly responsive, and will require you to use Stylus most of the times, which could get confusing for a child.
The best thing about the VTech InnoTab 3 is that it’s cheap and equipped with numerous entertaining facilities. VTech lodge contains large number of educational, age-appropriate applications which can be easily downloaded. It is fantastic value for money. However, it’s best suitable for children between 3-5 years old because of its limited capabilities.
The package includes the Innotab3 Learning Tablet, two styluses, “Read, Play and Create” cartridge, 4 AA batteries, USB cable, and a Learning Lodge installation CD.
Looking at the three separate products mentioned on the list, LeapPad Platinum Learning Tablet is the one that offers the most features. But, the device is also more expensive than the other two. Higher resolution display and smooth performance is what sets it apart from the rest.
If you are not sure about spending a hundred dollars for a learning toy, you could opt for either LeapPad2 or the VTech InnoTab3. Both these products cost almost similar and are equipped with resembling features. InnoTab 3 slightly manages to beat the LeapPad2 with its vast selection of learning applications, which are relatively cheaper. On the other hand, LeapPad2 features a bigger screen. You might experience occasional lags with these devices.
Make sure that you are aware of your purchase, and the facilities available meet your requirements. Also, only buy applications that you feel are absolutely helpful for your kids, as they tend to cost around $5-$35.