Technology is getting more and more incredible every year and kids love tech items as much as teenagers and grownups do. This year there are some fun and interesting tech toys that are sure to be on many kid’s Christmas want lists.
The Leapster Explorer Learning Experience
This is a younger child’s version of an PSP or other handheld game. While younger kids could certainly play with hand held games such as the PSP this one is more tailored towards the younger child ages 4 and up. The buttons are larger so little fingers can work them, the screen is bigger which is better for their eyes. The good news for parents is that the Leapster Explorer will entertain your child and teach them at the same time. Many of the games are educational. You can purchase games for the Leapster Explorer or you can download them on to the Explorer from the internet. There are over 40 games that you can purchase for the explorer and some of them have characters from famous Disney Pixar movies.
There is even an option to add a camera to the Leapster Explorer and it will hold up to 1000 pictures and there is also a video camera. They can edit and do fun things with their pictures right there on the Leapster Explorer or they can download their pictures on to the computer and share them if they like.
The really great thing about this hand held game is that it only costs $59.99 as opposed to a couple hundred for a hand held game that older kids and teenagers would play. The games do cost about $25.00 a piece so while they are not as expensive as others they are still a bit pricey.
There is a very good website showcasing this toy so if you want to see it and learn more about it and browse the games and such you can find it here: http://www.leapfrog.com/explorer/
SpyNet Vido Watch
What could be more cool then a watch with a screen on it? This is exactly what the SpyNet Video Watch is The Spynet Video Watch has a video camera with a microphone, so the child can make videos with sound and it takes pictures. It is also quite cool to look at. It is a big black bold watch with a decent sized screen that you can actually see. The only big problem I think is that it is so large it is not comfortable to wear on little arms, but it is so cool I think kids will suffer through that.
It has a lithium powered battery so you can hook it up to your computer with a UPS cord to charge it up. It holds up to 2 hours of video. The actual camera is on the side of the watch. For an extra $20 you can by a snake cam cord. Which is a wire with a camera on the tip of it so you could sneak the wire around corners or in to your button hole or things like this, which will be really cool for super spys, but maybe not so great for mom and dad.
Reviews on this camera so far are mostly positive, but the battery life is said to be weak. You will also need to have a computer and a bit of knowledge to get the camera set up and to down load your videos.
Tech toys are even coming in the shape of characters. The Imaginx Bigfoot is a high tech talking character. I can’t decide weather he is cute or ugly, bu he has cute blue eyes so I will go with cute. This character toy is a walking and talking toy he kind of looks like a stocky man with lower teeth fangs and bushy eyebrows. He stands at just over 12 inches tall.
The imaginex Bigfoot which is made by Fisher Price has over 80 sayings and actions that he does. In addition to walking and talking he stands on his head, he rolls, he throws a ball to you, he laughs, he eats, he shakes his fists, ounds his fists, he can walk backwards, and he even sleeps and of course snores.
He works via a remote control that is shaped like a foot. The remote tells you what button to push for what action Bigfoot himself comes with a 7.2 volt rechargable battery. It also comes with a charger for that battery. The remote control requires 2 AA batteries.
The Imaginext Bigfoot is a really fun and funny toy the only unfortunate thing about it is the price. It retails between $84.99 and $97.99.
The Fisher Price IXL Learning System
The Fiser Price IXL is a younger child’s version of the DS. Kids use a stylus to play games, read along with stories. They can also use it to do and save artwork and use like a notebook. They can also use it to hold photos and to play music.
Like many other tech devices for kids these days you will need to have a PC to load and manage photos, and to manage their music and other software. Be sure to go to this web site to check your PC system requirements for this toy: http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=7200&e=product&pid=54722
It comes in blue, pink, and silver, and comes with 1 interactive story and activiy, 1 learning game, writing activities and art pieces, a music sampler, and sample photos. It will help kids to read, write, count, increase vocabulary, and be creative and imaginative. Additional games are $25.00 each.
The Fisher Price IXL Learning System retails for between $69.99 and $79.99 and is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
Mobigo Touch Learning System
The Mobigo Touch Learning System is a child’s version of a lap top computer. This toy is made by VTech. Kids can use the key board for typing, and they can also touch the screen like an IPod and move things around on the screen with their fingers this is called a Qwerty key board. Games can be downloaded off the internet or can be purchased seperately.
You will need a PC or a Mac to do certain things with this toy. Kids can choose their own difficulty level with the games that they are playing. The system comes with one cartridge. The nice thing about this child gaming system is that the games start at $19.99 and I have seen them on Amazon for $14.99 which is very nice. The system and its games help to teach vocabulary,spelling, math, logic, and categorization.
The Mobigo comes with head phones and a jack it has an AC adapter port but does not come with the adapter.
There are at this time 11 additional games available for purchase.
The Mobigo Touch Learning System is for kids 3 years and up and retails for between $49.99 and $59.99.
V-Reader Animated E-Book System
The V-Reader is an interactive reader where younger kids can use a pen type device to move themselves along and follow along with the stories. This is meant for very young children 3 and up and has large buttons, and a plastic see through cover that can be opened and shut to keep the device safe. Children can watch a story, play reading games, and look at the story dictionary.
It comes with a USB port and cord and has an SD card slot for expansion. It includes one V Reader story book cartridge. Additional story book cartridges can be purchased for between $14.99 and $26.99.
The V-Reader retails for around $59.99.
As you can see there are plenty of good options for young kids to get involved in tech devices at their own levels and the great thing is they can learn a lot from playing these games and they no longer have to be jealous of their older brother’s and sister’s handheld game devices, they can now have their own unlike regular video games they will learn a great deal from these tech toys. With the exception of the Big Foot of course, but he is just fun to play with and really hilarious.