What It Is
What It Is
Kids are fascinated by everything in the adult world, so it's no surprise that they want to get their hands on adult technology like an iPad. Most parents aren't comfortable handing such an expensive device to their 4 year old. But toymakers are solving this problem by developing toys that offer age-appropriate tablet experiences for kids.
VTech, which has been a leading manufacturer of interactive learning toys, has gotten into the game with the InnoTab, an activity-rich tablet designed for ages 4—9. The interface will be familiar to anyone who is familiar with a tablet computer. Apps appear on the home screen and can be selected with a touch. A swipe lets you scroll through them, and turning the unit lets you reorient the layout of the screen when you turn it on its side. Resident apps include an e-reader, motion games, art studio, and a coloring book. The InnoTab is also an MP3 player, a photo player, and an organizer. You can also connect the InnoTab to the computer to download more ebooks, games, and apps. (Parents can use the online Learning Lodge Navigator to track kids' progress in learning.) In addition to the resident apps and downloadable content, there's also a complete library of cartridges that let kids play games and have learning adventures with a variety of favorite characters from Disney, Nickelodeon, and more. The InnoTab has a headphone jack and a stylus. It comes in pink and blue versions.
Why It’s Fun
Young kids will love using the InnoTab and having their own tablet just like mom or dad. There are lots of activities to keep kids engaged in educational and creative play. The InnoTab offers a lot of value for the money because it can grow with kids and be constantly updated.
Who It’s For
The InnoTab is for ages 4—9.
What to Be Aware of
The InnoTab is powered by four AA batteries, which are not included.