Most parents are pleased when they can purchase toys for their children that are not only fun, but also teach them something. Introducing young children to technology early on is a good idea so they are comfortable with using this essential tool. The VTech MobiGo touch learning system is a great toy that provides both enjoyment and instruction through a technological medium. Parents will be happy about the educational value it provides while kids will love the interesting activities and hours of fun it will give them.
Any child who has watched their parents use a tablet computer or such, has probably wished they could have one of their own. Everyone knows that children are very tactile little people and cannot resist touching things at times. That is why the idea of having a device they can operate simply by touching a screen is likely fascinating to them. This cutting-edge toy does just that, and helps them focus their attention as well because they have to look and listen first in order to touch in their response.
The VTech MobiGo is suited for children ages 3-8. It is the first of its kind in that it features not only a touch-screen but a slide-out keyboard as well. This way children can become familiarized with the layout of a standard keyboard and will likely enjoy the close resemblance to “grown-up’ computing devices. The interactive touch-screen has a clear picture, is very easy for even the youngest children to use and has four ways they can input information; tap, drag, spin, and flick. It has command buttons on its screen that are large and easy to comprehend, such as the “enter” and direction buttons.
It has an easy-to-grip, durable plastic body so it is ideal for little hands that sometimes drop things. The bottom has rubber feet on it, so the toy can be placed easily on any table or desk top without slipping off. It also comes in a choice of two colors, either blue/orange or pink/purple. Batteries are required for operation and it takes 4 standard “AA” ones.
Through interactive games the MobiGo helps children learn such concepts as math, vocabulary, spelling, logic, and categorization. These skills are taught through software programs and feature familiar and favorite characters such as Disney characters, Shrek and Dora the Explorer. One software cartridge come with the toy and features a variety of games involving math, letters and words and shapes. There are 17 additional programs that can be purchased for it. Each of these contain up to 8 different games.
Another nice feature about this learning system is that there are additional downloadable games available online which are free upon registration for one year. It is necessary however to purchase a cartridge to store these games on so they can be played by the system. An online “progress-tracker” for parents is also available so they can monitor their child’s learning progress in each program they have. Accessories that go with this toy include; car charger, carry case and wall adaptor.
The VTech MobiGo usually retails for a slightly lower price than similar items, making it a good value all the more. Its educational and enjoyment value make it an excellent gift choice for young children.