With so many iPads around, little ones want to get in on the action as well. My little one can actually unlock the iPad and start Netflix
to get his favorite movie going. This generation is going to be literally raised having technology that many of us only recently have experienced. So, the best way to get them started is a touch screen tablet of their own! Here are 5 of the best ones on the market.
The Winfun Kids learning pad is a great starter tablet for your little one. This one has 30 activities programmed in, and the touch screen gives your child the feeling that they have a real iPad
. It has a set keyboard at the bottom, and navigation through the buttons is logical. It's designed for an age range of 3 to 7 years, and the activities include matching, music, and games.
The VTech Innotab is a great tech addition to the family. It has a variety of features that your child will enjoy. It has some really great applications like an MP3 and video player. You can also upload e-books and learning games through an online portal that's similar to the one I discussed in my review of "My Own Leaptop,"
by Leapfrog. It also has a great creative side, with an art studio that features painting and drawing applications. This tablet is sure to bring fun and education together in your home.
The Leappad2 by Leapfrog is one of many great products made by Leapfrog. As with all their products, Leapfrog has made education fun and engaging. The Leappad2 features tons of games and learning activities, and even has a front and rear built-in camera. Like the Leapster
, you can use hundreds of game cartridges to change up your child's experience on the Leappad2. The reading activities are structured in a way that allows progression through levels, so your child can keep using the Leappad2 as their knowledge increases. It's a full touch screen that can be used with a stylus or fingertips. The Leappad2 is a high-tech, fun-filled, learning device that your child won't be able to put down.
The Fisher Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System (wow that's a long name) is geared towards a little younger age group, specifically preschoolers. The iXL opens up like a book, and acts like one too, with a full interactive story mode. It's great for teaching basic phonics, and counting, as well as some writing (with a built in stylus)and spelling. In my house, if the older kid gets a tablet, the younger ones are going to want one too, and the Fisher Price iXL is the perfect choice. It also features a built-in MP3 player and photo viewer, so that kids can learn to enjoy digital media. The Fisher Price iXL is definitely on my family's wish list.
If you're looking for the Ferrari of kid tablets, this is it. The Vinci Tab is loaded with "cool factor" features that Mom and Dad will want to use, like WiFi, Android Market, Gmail, and Skype, which are available in the password protected parent mode. But, we're looking for our kids right? This tablet won't disappoint in that arena either. It features 43 different learning subjects, and and three levels of assessment to cover several different categories of learning. These are titled Thinking, Social, Language, Mathematics, Knowledge, and Science. Probably the first thing you'll notice on the Vinci Tab is the look and feel of it, with a built in safety handle that allows your child to carry the tablet easily. The Vinci Tab is a powerful educational tool, that Mom and Dad will be asking to borrow from their little one.