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Best Video Games and Gadgets for Preschoolers

A Preschool Tech Buying Guide

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Kids in the 3-5 age group are curious about computers and are starting to develop the fine motor skills to use a mouse and keyboard comfortably. They are also drawn to other gadgets just like Mom's and Dad's and will most likely take over anything in the house with a touch screen. And, lastly, they see older siblings playing video games and want to join in. Here are some of the best video games and gadgets for preschoolers. *I have provided a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for your reference, but these prices may change at any time.

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer in green
LeapFrog

The LeapFrog Leapster Explorer is a handheld educational gaming system with a 3.2" touch screen, stylus, optional camera attachment and downloadable apps. Although the Leapster Explorer cartridges aren't compatible with previous version of the Leapster, you still still find the same type of educational content, as well as tracking on the LeapFrog Learning Path and free access to LeapFrog's virtual world, LeapWorld. LeapFrog Leapster Explorer is geared towards kids ages 4-9 and has an MSRP of $69.99.

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Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Video Camera

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Video Camera in pink
Fisher-Price
For the budding film-maker, a camera that's designed for small hands. The Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Video Camera has a rubberized cover (available in blue and pink) and has an angled handle so kids can get the best shot. The camera holds 5 minutes of video out of the box and has an SD slot for your own memory card (sold separately). The camera is best for kids ages 3-6 and has an MSRP of $60.
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Dora's Big Birthday Adventure (DS)

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2K Play/Nickelodeon

Dora's Big Birthday Adventure for the DS is a great game for kids just learning about video games and the Nintendo DS platform. It makes excellent use of all of the bells and whistles of the system and will have kids shouting into the microphone in both English and Spanish to get Dora to respond. The story aspect of the game is very sort, but all of the mini-games can be replayed. This is definitely for kids on the younger side of things, but it's a well-designed choice. Best for kids 3-5 (at most) with an MSRP of $29.99.

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VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera

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The VTech Kidizoom digital camera is chunky and designed for clumsy hands. While your kids won't win any photography awards using this camera, you don't have to worry about the inevitable drops and spills.

LeapFrog Tag Reading System

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The LeapFrog Tag Reading System has a winning combination of fun, educational value, and ease of use. The Tag Reader is a pen with an optical sensor that can "read" special books, play games, and track the experiences a child has. It works with LeapFrog's online Learning Path that shows parents what kids are learning and how.
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