Top 5 Tech Toys to Help Children Learn
By Rosanne Moulding
In this age of ever-developing technology, it’s important to ask the question: How can technology help us, and more importantly, our children learn? Gone are the days when children wouldn’t know how to work a camera. Now, most toddlers can operate a touchscreen phone if they get their hands on one! In this article I hope to cover some of the best toys out there which encourage children to learn.
The Top 5
5. Laugh & Learn Song & Story Learning Chair
Fifth on our list of the top ten tech toys is the Laugh & Learn Song & Story Learning Chair by Fisherprice. For ages 12-36 months, this toy is an interactive chair which children can sit in and play! It encourages children to learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors, as well as encouraging them to read and get excited by stories, characters and songs.
4. Sweetpea3 MP3 Player for Kids
The Sweetpea3 MP3 Player for Kids, available from sweetpeatoyco.com, is our fourth top tech toy. This unique item is a simple to use, safe mp3 player for babies and children (ages 0-6), which encourages lyric learning, story time and talking. It can store up to 32 hours of music or audio books and is easily controllable, so your little one can feel like they are taking charge.
3. Leapfrog Scout Scribble and Write Handwriting Helper
Third on the list is the Leapfrog Scout Scribble and Write Handwriting Helper by Leapfrog. This hand-held device reinforces letter recognition, as well as teaching children how to hold and control a pencil. Thanks to the animated puppy, it is a fun way for children to tackle a problem, which is often ignored in schools – handwriting. It also helps with the alphabet. Suitable for ages 3+.
4. Nitro Junior Notebook
In second place we have the Nitro Junior Notebook by V-Tech. This children’s laptop is designed for children 4-7 to help them improve their language skills, math, music and creativity, while having a blast! It comes with lots of games, challenges and activities to keep your little ones entertained for hours. They can also play with their friends in some of the multiplayer games. (If you’re looking for a laptop for younger years, V-tech also has a great Baby’s Learning Laptop for ages 6-36 months.)
Stealing first place in the top tech toys for learning has to be the LeapPad by Leapfrog. This learning tablet specifically designed for children is packed with games, apps and e-books, as well as coming with a built-in camera, video recorder and microphone. The LeapPad adjusts its pace to your child’s learning, so the tablet is always set to the right difficulty level. It also monitors your child’s progress and charts what they are most interested in with a program called the LeapPad Learning path. This tablet is designed for children aged 4-9 years and teaches math, reading and writing, geography and maps, countries and cultures, social skills, health and nutrition, life science, physical science, and art and music. All we can say is “wow!”
Other tech toys great for learning but which didn’t make it onto the list are Lets Rock Elmo by Hasbro, the InnoTab by V-Tech, the Tick Tock- Teach Me Time Clock and the MobiGo Touch Learning System also by V-Tech.
When looking for a good smart toy to help your child to learn, consider their age range, what skills they are developing right now and how to encourage those skills. Generally, toys which are interactive, stimulate the five senses, and introduce reading, walking, talking, colors, numbers or story time will help your child to learn. While traditional toys are still great for your children, making the most of the smart toys out there is a great way to keep your kids learning while letting them have fun!
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About the author: This article is written by Rosanne Moulding who is interested in how children develop and choosing baby names.