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A friend of mine bought this computer for my son for his 2nd christmas. The age group was 4 to 6 years and he was only 2 1/2 but we both agreed that it would come in for him and help him later on.
It is a lovely computer mine is yellow and orange and lifts up like a real lap top. It has a part that is shaped as a handle so that the child can find it easy to carry around with them, which I noticed that they do tend to like to carry it around. It even has its own mouse that you can click to make it chose the selection they want to play.
It is a bit of a confusing computer for children because there is so much choice and so much that it can teach them. The basic game on there is it will show 3 shapes and a number or letter in different sequances that they will move the mouse to the number or letter that it is asking them to, when they can recognise the letter or number the keyboard can be used to make this choice.
The games do get harder in stages but they love to have a go at them no matter how hard they are to do. The main feature on this computer is a little dog that will bark excitedly when they get something right and jump into water if they get it wrong so that the child can understand if they are playing it correctly.
There is a volume control on the screen part of the computer to control how loud the dog barks which is good because it can get a bit loud when it is being played alot.
All the keys on the keyboard are clearly marked with the upper and lower case letters and the numbers are clearly marked too.
When the child gets older you have 2 work books that can be completed this is best when they are able to write and have knowledge of basic reading. These books work alongside the computer and are still to be used with us due to my son being 5.
My daugter is only coming 2 and she already loves to play with the computer and hear the dog bark, my son will help her and try to explain what she has got to do.
It is a great learing tool for children from any age and they will grow into it if they are not interested at first it was £17.99 from argos when it was bought and there are now many novelty charactor options available now. Mine takes 3 AA batteries that I have changed on 3 occasions over the past 2 years. I am really glad that my friend bought this for my son and it is coming in for my other children.
My best friend has a little girl who was 4 in June; she's a really bright little girl. So for her birthday I didn't want to buy her something that wasn't education like a soft toy. I was browsing through the Argos catalogue for inspiration when I saw a Vtech learning laptop. It works by inserting cards into the machine it has 60 actives such as spelling, maths, counting, matching and music. It has an easy to read screen and storage for the cards, it has a 9 note musical keyboard, and best of all only takes 2 AA batteries. This toy is aimed at 4-9 years olds, but as she is very clever I though she could get a lot out of it. It cost me £17.99, which I thought was a bargain, especially if it helps her develop for education. Well 3 months on and I certainly made the right choice, she takes it with her everywhere and never seems to tire of it, and she is constantly telling me how she loves her computer, and shows me all the things she has learnt. This laptop is fantastic and I have nothing but praise for it.
My kids are 6 & 8 and they are both of the right age to play on it...although some of the games are a bit too tricky for the 6 year old. Theres a lot of things to do on it Word Games, Maths Games & Trivia Games. It` like a `Speak & Spell` & `Little Professor rolled into to one, with a little extra. The idea of these pre computers is to get the kids ready for the real thing. Well my kids prefer the real thing & often play on the real computer, so the Vtech gets forgotten. The Trivia is the most played & my 8 year old has educated herself, playing this. If a child has never used a computer it can be quite hard to work out how to use. And even I find it hard to explain how to play some of the games on it. They can play at different levels and the scorcomes up on the screen. They can actually learn basic computer programming on it, but they need to be 14 to be able to follow the instruction booklet. It`s not cheap either,(around £70) my advice is if you have a real computer...let them learn & play on that & give the vtech a miss.
This is a card activated computer, whereby the cards simply slot into the side of the lid. It runs on 2 AA batteries. It has an easy to read screen showing letters, numbers and animations. There are about sixty activities that come with the computer. These include maths, counting, spelling, matching and music. There is a built in storage compartment to house the cards. Additional card packs can be purchased as your child progresses. My son had one of these and got hours of enjoyment and basic learning out of it. I would highly reccomend it to anyone with a young child.