Face it, kids are digging technology these days. And I am not talking teens and tweens, but those little preschoolers and toddlers who can:
- download an iTunes video, even though you had it password protected
- access your contact list to call relatives and friends … on purpose
- create their own YouTube videos to post online, without you knowing until it starts getting comments AND subscribers
I am sure there are plenty more tech-troubles your little ones have caused, in fact I’d love if you share your stories with me in the comments below! But right now I want to chat a little about an integrated way your kids can use your SmartPhones, Tablets, iTouches and iPods to have fun and learn in a SAFE environment.
Meet Robbi (my personal favorite iLearn ‘n’ Play toy), a Driving Adventure Explorer and a Learning Tablet. All three iLearn ‘n’ Play toys require an iOs device to integrate and play. Here is the breakdown:
- iPad App: Letterbox for the Learning Tablet toy
- iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch App: Letter Explorer for the Adventure Explorer toy (the driving toy pictured)
- Either iPhone/iPod Touch App: Numberbots for the Robbi toy
Now, it took me a few times “reading” about the toys to truly understand. But it’s not that complicated. So there are three different toys, each requiring a certain iOS device along with the integrated app. So in the list above, you see the device needed, in italics is the app and in bold is the toy. But each toy is not a one-trick pony, new apps will be rolled out for each toy through the year.
PROTECTION & INTEGRATION: The apps can be played without the toy, but the toys are a perk because it will safely enclose and protect an iPad, iPhone or iPod, and is actually integrated with the app. Once combined, the apps can be played through the toys’ external buttons, knobs or stylus. Say goodbye to broken and finger-smeared screens.
MORE POWER: Also, other tech products for children usually have their own screen and a mini-computer created just for one specific use, making them somewhat limited. They lack the power of iOS devices, which can be updated more easily as time goes on.
AFFORDABILITY: Finally, these toys are more affordable than their “counterparts”. Prices start at just $19.99 for the Learning Tablet. Robbi and Adventure Explorer are just $39.99.
And FOR A LIMITED TIME, those apps above are FREE. Just search the App Store for “AppStart Learning” or click on the links above.
Where to get the toys: The iLearn ‘N’ Play toys are available in-store at Target, as well as at www.target.com.
Here is a breakdown of the toys:
Learning Tablet: Slip your iPad into this stylish and durable frame; grab the attached, child-friendly stylus and power up for some fun learning. Once safely inserted into the Learning Tablet, your iPad becomes a part of this amazing new, early educational concept. Each Learning Tablet comes with a “Letterbox” app. This fun learning app helps young children to develop their writing skills!
Adventure Explorer (w/Steering Wheel): Connect your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod to this amazing console, turn on the ignition key and “drive” into a fun learning adventure. Each Adventure
Explorer has a working on/off ignition switch, a steering wheel, shifter, accelerator, forward/reverse control that integrates with iLearn ‘N’ Play apps. The Adventure Explorer comes with a free “Letter Explorer” app. This fun learning app helps young children learn about letters and phonics!
Robbi: Slip an iPhone or iPod into Robbi’s faceplate and he comes alive. The apps ask children to use the 10 chunky numbers in Robbi’s tummy to focus on teaching beginning numbers, counting,
addition/subtraction, colors, shapes and greater than/less than numbers. Each Robbi unit comes with a free app called Numberbots. This fun learning app helps young children learn about numbers and counting.
All three of the toys are suggested for ages 3 and up. I would probably say it’s ideal for the 3 – 5 age range.
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