Today’s children are experiencing things that I could never dream of as a child – or even an adult for that matter. When I was a child I played with my Fisher-Price Little People and Weeble Wobbles. I read books, colored and built forts out of blankets. Never could I imagine the high-tech world that children live in today.
I see kids as young as two playing with smartphones and tablets with the greatest of ease. Not only are there so many great games for little ones available for these devices, there are also plenty of educational one too. Gone are the days of workbooks. These days kids just have to play a fun game and they are learning the same material.
There are more applications for smartphones and tablets geared towards kids that I can’t even count that high. There are also plenty of educational high tech toys. Some are fabulous – others are not worth the money.
Not long ago I received to review one such product. It’s called the Little Scholar Tablet.
If your child or grandchild is always reaching for your smartphone, iPad or tablet this is the product for you. It can be your child’s very own tablet. You won’t have to worry about your child breaking or losing YOUR phone or tablet and you don’t have to stress out about things like unauthorized app purchases or your child accidentally deleting important information.
I am not a “techie” by any means. Often I find myself “technologically challenged”. Of course today’s children are much more tech savvy then we are. They can figure things out easily with no assistance.
The Little Scholar Tablet resembles an actual tablet. That is because it IS a tablet – it’s a kid-friendly version. It’s also made to withstand normal use from little hands who often bump and drop things.
The Little Scholar Tablet is set and ready to go pretty much as soon as you take it out of the box.
The tablet comes with over 150 pre-loaded applications including games, videos, books and music. There are no additional costs for these applications. I have teens and I know how expensive apps can be. It’s nice to know that your little one has more than enough apps to enjoy with the Little Scholar Tablet.
With the Little Scholar tablet you don’t have to worry about downloading more things, buying additional applications or cartridges. There are no advertisements on the tablet (something that always bothers me – ads on CHILDREN’S sites or apps – UGH!) and no worries about your little one accessing the Internet.
One of the pre-loaded things on this tablet are videos from Charlie & Company. It reminds me of the beloved children’s series Blues Clues in a way. There are plenty of fun songs, learning, animated critters and a dog name Charlie. Charlie is an adorable yellow Labrador retriever. The video series is colorful and the tunes are catchy.
By far one of my favorite features about the Little Scholar Tablet are the pre-loaded e-books. They are available at different reading levels on the tablet so your child can advance to higher level readers as their reading skills improve.
Each e-book is just like reading an actual book in print. Each one has adorable and colorful drawings to accompany each page of the story. Even beginning readers will have plenty of fun e-books to read. Off hand I don’t recall how many there are all together but it’s at least a few dozen.
The focus of this tablet is teaching and being educational. However the main goal is to make learning fun. The games and activities I played around with all come across as being “fun”. As an adult I can clearly understand the educational component to each one, but from a child’s perspective it’s just a lot of fun games and activities. They won’t even realize that they are learning how to spell, read and do simple math.
Even as an adult I found some of the games to be fun to play. They are geared toward kids in Pre-K to around first grade, but older children can enjoy them too.
The tablet also comes with a lot of fun songs that are sure to get your little one (and perhaps yourself) singing along. Don’t be surprised if a few of them get stuck in your head.
As an adult I sometimes find kiddie songs annoying after you have listened to them a half million times (you know how kids love to listen and watch the same things over and over and over again). I have to say that the songs on the tablet are cute. None of them came off as annoying from a grown-ups standpoint.
The Little Scholar Tablet also comes with a camera that allows kids to take pictures of themselves or each other (rear and front facing camera). I’m sure a lot of little ones will love that feature. I guess you can never be too young to take “selfies”. Ha Ha.
In case you are curious to know what your child is enjoying most on the tablet and how they are doing there is a special A+ Report Card app that shows a child’s activity with the Little Scholar program. It’s a great way to see how well your child is doing so you know what areas they are strong in and what areas they might need some help in.
Overall I am very pleased with this kid-friendly tablet. From a mom’s point of view I would certainly be thrilled to give this to my child. The Little Scholar Tablet makes learning fun, just the way it should be.
The tablet sells for $199 on the School Zone website. That might be a bit steep for most budgets, but when you consider all you are getting (apps can cost a lot of money on iTunes and Google Play), and knowing that your child is learning and having fun in a safe environment makes up for the price.
For more information or to make a purchase visit www.SchoolZone.com. You can also find the brand on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (social media links are found on the site’s home page).
What do you think about the Little Scholar Tablet? Does it sound like something you would love to get for your child or grandchild?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.