The 8 best educational tech gadgets and toys range from a tablet for serious learning to toys that help kids explore and socialize.
Leap Pad Explorer Learning Tablet
LeapPad Explorer is a digital learning device for children between the ages of 5 to 12. The device runs LeapFrog’s proprietary operating system, learning software, and game cartridges. Other LeapPad systems have rotating cameras, enabling the user to rotate the device 180 degrees and scan objects or people. The new Explorer system, however, only has a 7.0-inch touchscreen with 3D digital graphics.
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System
The LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System is undoubtedly one of the top children’s educational toys and gadgets. With more than 1,500 games and apps, your child can spend less time in front of a TV or phone screen and more time having fun learning. This educational toy combines a personalized learning path with activities designed to teach a wide range of skills. The toy builds math, reading, spelling, science, and history skills. The toy also encourages kids to be social and make friends online.
LeapFrog Leapster Alpha Learning Game System
The Leapster Alpha Learning Game System has 50 activities, including 20 games and 20 apps. It’s designed to be personalized with the child’s name and pictures, and games progress as the child learns and grows. It is designed to grow with your child, starting at ages 2-5, then 6-12, and then 13 and older.
VTech InnoTab 2 Learning System
The VTech InnoTab 2 Learning System is a fun and interactive way to teach your child numbers, letters, and more. It features over 100 learning games and activities, plus a built-in camera that records your child’s videos, which can then be uploaded to YouTube (with your permission, of course). This Learning System is Wi-Fi enabled, so you can use your tablet or smartphone to turn your InnoTab into a handheld game system with its kid-friendly apps.
VTech InnoTab 2 Smart Learning System
The VTech InnoTab 2 Smart Learning System offers versatile learning fun for children ages 3 to 7. Its variety of learning apps covers everything from math to phonics, languages, and arts, as well as educational games like ABCya’s Preschool Academy and Math Blaster. Kids can even tinker with the VTech InnoTab’s DIY app.
VTech InnoTab 2 Learning Tablet
The VTech InnoTab 2 Learning Tablet is a first in the world of education technology, as it combines a kid-friendly design, a wide selection of learning apps, and access to paid Android apps at an affordable price. The 2.3-inch, 480 x 320 touchscreen display is small but sharp and colorful. The thick protective case isn’t as durable as more expensive cases, but for the VTech InnoTab 2 Learning Tablet’s low price, it’s acceptable. The selection of apps and games available is extensive, and you can customize your tablet’s settings, such as how long it will sleep after not being used. This tablet is perfect for kids ages 3 to 5, with the option to add a 4-pack of cases for older users.
LeapPad3 Learning Tablet
The LeapPad3 Learning Tablet is designed for kids ages 3 to 7. It features an interactive touchscreen, technology-based educator features, and a night light. It has 50+ child-friendly apps, including five games, two e-books, and four apps that promote self-expression and storytelling. In addition, it has over 800 hands-on activities, such as art, music, and math lessons. There’s also a parent guide to assist with setup and troubleshooting.
Technology has increasingly infiltrated the lives of children, and, according to one study, most children own at least one electronic device. The $100 LeapFrog LeapReader is a color touchscreen e-reader for kids that recently received an upgrade. The LeapReader 2 weighs less than a pound, making it a breeze to carry and use. It even comes with a carrying case and detachable stylus, making it perfect for use in the classroom as well as at home.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your kids’ thirst for knowledge going once they’re home from school, try these learning toys that will not only keep them entertained but also teach them something.