vtech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet (Giveaway)

June 17, 2013 by Kailani  
Filed under children, educational, electronic, entertainment, giveaways

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9If there’s one thing this family knows, it’s electronic tablets. We have such a wide variety of versions each with their own pros and cons. So when we were asked to review the new vtech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet I knew we were up to the task.

Product Description:

With this child-friendly version of a touchpad tablet, the VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet helps your child learn with one of today’s most popular technologies. This wi-fi-enabled multimedia tablet combines interactive reading, learning games, and creative activities in a sleek and durable educational toy.

Courtesy of vtech

Out of the box, the vtech InnoTab 2S comes with the base unit, two styluses, game cartridge, installation CD, USB cable and user’s manual.

Set-up was easy. Just insert the CD into your computer and follow the onscreen directions. It only took about 5 minutes to complete the process and we were up and running.

Hardware:

The unit itself is about 6″ x 8″ with scalloped edges. The curved sides make it easier for the kids to hold on to the tablet when playing. The 5″ touch screen is large enough to showcase the various games, books, and activities. The colored graphics were clear and crisp and very engaging.

However, what we really liked is the kick stand in the back of the unit which allows your child to comfortably watch videos.

The styluses are larger than the ones we’re used to . . . and we liked it. They are flat and wide and easy for tiny hands. There’s a hole in the back of the unit where you can store the stylus out of sight but you’ll need to provide your own string if you want to attach the stylus to the tablet.

Another noticeable feature is the rotating digital camera. The kids loved the option of being able to take normal photos as well as self-portraits. The camera also records videos which came in handy when they wanted to dance to their favorite songs.

However, one of my favorite things is the SD memory card slot. Some of the current tablets that we use are pretty fixed in the amount of GB available. And since my kids are constantly downloading games and songs we tend to run out of space pretty quickly. With the vtech InnoTab 2S we can add things on to our heart’s content.

Software:

There are 2 ways to acquire games, books and activities. You can either purchase cartridges from the store or download them from the vtech website. There is a USB cord included in the box for quick computer downloads or you may also use the Wi-Fi feature to add new games while on-the-go. After browsing through their selection the kids found so many cartridges and apps that they wanted to add to their library including those from Hello Kitty, Disney Princesses and Micky Mouse Clubhouse.

Besides the usual art studios, ebooks and music players we also had the opportunity to play various games. So far our favorite is the Alien Rescue. The object is to capture aliens with matching patterns before time runs out. To navigate the loop you just move the tablet around until you find the correct Alien. The motion sensor seems to be very responsive and immediate which is hard to find in a lot of kids games these days.

Overall, the girls really enjoyed playing with the vtch InnoTab 2S and haven’t been able to put it down since we opened the box. And with the “wish list” feature the girls can easily put together a list of games and apps for future purchase. I can tell that this tablet is going to be used for a very long time. And what a great way to keep the kids entertained and learning all Summer long!

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a vtech InnoTab 2S of your very own? To enter:

  • Just check out the vtech InnoTab 2S before midnight, June 22nd and mention in comments your favorite feature. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow An Island Life on Twitter.
  • Follow vtech on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win a vtech InnoTab 2S! @vtechtoys @Kailani #giveaway http://islandlife808.com/?p=37452
  • Already a fan of vtech’s Facebook page.
  • Already a fan of An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for vtech who provided the complimentary items for review and giveaway.

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iLearn ‘N’ Play by AppStart Learning (Giveaway)

March 19, 2013 by Kailani  
Filed under children, educational, electronic, giveaways, toys

Since my kids love playing on their iPhones and iPads, we’re always interested in trying out new products that pair these devices with actual toys. We recently had the opportunity to review the new iLearn ‘N’ Play Adventure Explorer ($29.99) by AppStart Learning.

Connect your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod to this amazing console, turn on the ignition key and “drive” into a fun learning adventure. Each Adventure Explorer has a working on/off ignition switch, a steering wheel, shifter, accelerator, forward/reverse control that integrates with iLearn ‘N’ Play apps.

Courtesy of AppStart Learning

Setting it up was pretty easy.  All we had to do was insert the 3 AA batteries (not included), download the app from the App Store, and pair our device with the toy. That’s it. The only thing is that these toys are compatible with Apple devices only. Not a problem for our family since that’s pretty much all we have. :-)

With the Adventure Explorer, you can pair it with either the iPad, iPhone, or iTouch. If you’re using the iPad, there’s a stand where you can place your device securely in place.

 

If you’re using the iPhone or iTouch, you can place the device into the support arm. Just make sure the sound is all the way up on your device before placing it in the support arm since the volume button will not be accessible.

I really liked that the lock button just require a little twist to open and close. This made it so much easier to insert the iPhone since I didn’t need to locate a screwdriver every time the kids wanted to play.

The game itself was self-explanatory and easy to play. The virtual car actually moved on it’s own and all Kaila had to do was steer it in the right direction. Just hit the balloons along the path and a voice will announce the letter and the sound it makes.

You can also drive in reverse as well as faster or slower. And to make things even more fun there’s a cute horn for the kids to beep with.

What the kids really liked about this game is that there are 36 levels of play with various scenes and environments. This ensures that your child will never get bored of playing.  What I liked is that it teaches my girls letter recognition and basic reading. This is perfect for Kaila who will be starting preschool this Summer.

I also liked that we could remove the supp0rt arm and play the game without the steering wheel. Just touch the iPhone screen and/or move it from side to side to maneuver the vehicle. This made the game very portable for car rides.

The iLearn ‘N’ Play makes learning fun again. And since it’s paired with your iPhone or iPad, this educational toy makes it cool to play with as well! My kids can’t put it down!

Connect with AppStart Learning:

  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

WIN IT!

How would you like to win an AppStart Learning product for your child? The winner will be able to choose between the iLearn ‘N’ Play, Learning Tablet, or Robbi Toy. Please keep in mind that not all Apple devices are compatible to all these toys.  To enter:

  • Just stop by AppStart Learning and check out these products. Then come back and mention in comments before midnight, April 2nd which of the products you’d like to win. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow An Island Life on Twitter.
  • Follow AppStart Learning on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win an #AppStartLearn educational toy! @kailani #giveaway http://islandlife808.com/?p=37240
  • Already a fan of AppStart Learning’s Facebook page.
  • Already a fan of An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for AppStart Learning who provided the information and item for giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy.

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An Interview with Dr. Sherman LeVos for LeapFrog (Giveaway)

December 14, 2012 by Kailani  
Filed under children, educational, electronic, giveaways

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Barney: Let’s Go to the Doctor DVD (Giveaway)

December 6, 2012 by Kailani  
Filed under children, educational, entertainment, giveaways

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Everyone’s favorite dino-mite pal is back with the perfect prescription for family-friendly fun: the all-new Barney®: Let’s Go To The Doctor, arriving on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand November 6, 2012 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.  Let Barney and his friends show that going to the doctor is important to growing up happy, healthy and strong. The DVD includes three themed episodes plus three fun bonus features.

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment, toys and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends® is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®.

SYNOPSIS
Learn all about brushing teeth, washing hands, exercising and more!  It’s check-up time! Barney teaches that doctors are our friends and shows how pediatricians, dentists and veterinarians keep people and animals healthy and strong! Join Barney, BJ™, Baby Bop™ and Riff™ as they make learning about healthy habits fun for everyone. It’s just what the doctor ordered!

Episodes include:

  • “My Friends, the Doctor and the Dentist”
  • “The Awful Tooth”
  • “Vets”

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • A Healthy Snack Game
  • Furry Friends Hide and Seek Game
  • “I Love You” Karaoke Music Video

VOD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURE

  • “Movement” Bonus Episode

Connect with Barney:

  • Website
  • Facebook

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