Well, V.Tech Kids is definitely helping keep kids entertained during long drives, flights and hotel stays this summer. Not only did they just release their educational handheld device – the MobiGo (which we LOVE and has so many AWESOME games) – but they are also releasing a cool V.Reader that my boys just can’t get enough of.
You see, I recently won an iPad (how cool was that?) and my husband downloaded some kid books into it to read with the boys. And they LOVE it, but I can’t exactly hand them my iPad and say go for it. The V.Reader is made just for them, with a protective covering, big buttons, sturdy design and “bumper” around the edges. At ages 2.5 and 4 years, the boys aren’t naturally gentle, so I appreciate the design.
The V.Reader is made for kids ages 3 to 7. The story is read at a steady pace, slower than the kid e-books on my iPad. The boys don’t seem to mind at all, but don’t expect it to read fast. There are two “play options”. The boys can listen and follow along to the story as read by animated characters or touch the screen and play reading games to learn each word or sentence. As you go through the “pages”, not only is the story animated, but by pushing sections of the screen you can make different actions occur during the story. There are also complementing games to enhance story comprehension and a story dictionary for new words.
One exciting development is the library of Downloadable Stories for the V.Reader. And many of these stories are going to be FREE with over 100 titles to choose from! I can’t wait to check it out. The V.Reader does come with a USB cord to attach to the computer to download the stories. This option will keep the e-reader fresh if you don’t have time to stop by the store to get a new cartridge for the e-reader.
If you prefer cartridges to the tech-savvy downloading of stories (which is not as scary as it seems), then there are great stories to choose from. It came with one cartridge, “What’s That Sound?” about a dog that moves to a new city with a lot of strange sights, sounds and smells. The boys LOVE this story. We also had a chance to check out the new V.Reader Cartridge – Toy Story 3! Toy Story 3 is specifically for ages 3 to 5. It has a story, plus games encourage letter identification, proper punctuation, categorizing, sequencing and beginning sounds! I have to say that if you haven’t watched the movie, the game has a spoiler, though. We played the game before watching the movie – but I was happy to know what to expect!
Other V.Reader Story Cartridges include:
- Mr. Messy and the Missing Sock
- Shrek’s Vacation
- Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too (the boys REALLY want this one! I saw it at Toys R Us!)
- Olivia Takes Ballet
- Dora and the Three Little Pigs
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Disney Princess Cinderella and Belle
Plus, there are LOADS more. You have to see the whole e-reader collection at V.Tech Kids. They retail for $19.99 each – remember it’s for the e-book and educational games.
The V.Reader has a huge 4.3 inch color touch screen and a SD memory card slot for memory expansion. You can plug in the V.Reader with a supplied USB Cord to get progress reports and reading certificates for the kids.
Right now the V.Reader is available exclusively at Target. It just came out June 20! It will be available nationwide in August at all key retailers and online at www.vtechkids.com. The V.Reader is available in Blue or Pink and retails for $59.99.
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