I’ve fallen into one of the many traps of parenthood: I bought my kids toys that resembled mine, such as a toy cell phone and a play laptop. Turns out, my kids are smarter than me, because they know the difference. My infant doesn’t like her knockoff iPhone that lights up and plays music, and my toddler wants a real “puputer” (her absolutely adorable term for computer.) Every since the children’s channels started advertising games on for tablets with friendly characters, my toddler has been asking for a tablet. Umm.. that’s not happening.. and I know some children’s toys that resemble tablets will not do it for her.
Here’s where the Innotab 2S comes in. It is a child-friendly tablet with the same friendly characters for a fraction of the price! The games are highly educational, and I know I can keep my child safe from the internet. We’ve had another similar toy tablet in the past, and my biggest issue with it was that I couldn’t download games without plugging it in to my computer. The Innotab 2S features a safe WiFi connection, where you have access to downloading games without the worry of your child browsing the internet. Don’t worry- your child can’t make purchases or download apps without you. You still have to login to the Learning Lodge Navigator to order the apps first, then you can connect to the secure WiFi connection on the Innotab 2S and upload the games. This is my favorite feature! No more wires to worry about (although you do have to connect it to your computer once to set up these features.
My toddler’s favorite feature is the camera with the silly faces. I wish the camera came with some kind of flash, because there has to be a lot of light for the photos to show. I usually have her sit in the dining room when she is playing so that she has plenty of light for her images to look their best. She also loves creating videos of her baby sister with the VTech Innotab 2S.
Some more awesome apps on the InnoTab 2S are:
- Wish List Maker
- Video recorder
- MP3 player
- Photo viewer with slide show, 3 photos included
- Video player, 1 demo video included
- InnoTab® 2S Read, Play & Create cartridge
- “What’s That Noise?” e-book
- Alien Rescue – motion sensor game
- Color & Pop activity
- “Face Race” motion sensor game
- “Friends” photo address book
- “Notes” notepad with onscreen keyboard
- Clock with stopwatch
- Calendar with stickers
- 2 free downloadable apps of choice from Learning Lodge Navigator®
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech and received a VTech InnoTab 2S to facilitate my review.