(actual price may vary)
TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
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.