toy "laptop" - which one?

Faigy - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son just got some money for a toy. He's been begging me for a laptop. I figured I'd get him a toy laptop - one of these educational ones. The question is which one?

He is 5 yrs old, and already knows: shapes, colors, counting ordinal, recognizing #s, addition of lower #s, ABC's

sometimes he'll write an email to his grandparents the way he thinks its spelled.

Basically, I want something that teaches actual spelling/reading, addition & subtraction,

I don't want something that I need to sit with him to read the instructions. I want something he can play with on his own, but that he'll learn something new while playing.

Any suggestions?

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Amy - posted on 03/30/2011

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Faigy if he's used to using the Internet I would think he's going to be very dissapointed with what you are talking about. I would look at a very cheap netbook that you can connect to the Internet so on the plane and the airport you can use wi-fi, and you can probably download some movies too that will keep him occupied, and the batteries on most last 8 hours or so. I know I'll be getting myself one and my son will get my laptop.

Faigy - posted on 03/30/2011

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Ink - I love that little computer! so cute!
but as I said, looking for a laptop. the laptop one seems to only have 8 activities on it.
And I'm finding it on amazon for $50. We don't have a Fred's dscnt store here.

Faigy - posted on 03/30/2011

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Katherine, I'd rather he learn French, since that's what my husband's family speaks. do you know of any that teach french?

Faigy - posted on 03/30/2011

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Amy - he goes onto PBS. he loves it. But he says he wants his own laptop. and I was looking for something that I can take on the plane with us when we travel in a few weeks

Katherine - posted on 03/30/2011

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My daughter had one that taught Spanish and had over 50 games. I just don't remember what kind it was.....I will google.

Amy - posted on 03/30/2011

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Have you tried just letting him use the real thing? PBS has lots of games on the webs he can play. My son is 5 and can get to the site all by himself and navigates it just fine.

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This Desktop Learning toy from Winfat Industrial Co Ltd is for children aged three years and older and features a desktop computer, 30 interactive learning activities, including pretend email, and even auto-shutoff. The firm's Power Source Laptop offers similar features but the mouse is securely tethered.

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http://www.hktdc.com/resources/MI/Articl...







My son just LOVES this thing! It has like 30 games...adding, subtraction, memory games, spelling, fill in the letter, pretend email, pretend websites....It even talks to the kids...in a clear voice that CAN be understood. (that's been an issue with kid's games for me...I can't understand what they are saying...how is that going to teach my child to pronounce the words correctly?) My best friend's grandsons are 5 and 4...and they absolutely LOVE this thing! They sat quiet and played all DAY! From everything Santa brought for Christmas...this was the star of the day. One of the boys sat up and asked..."what's a yacht?" which I really liked...the game inspired him to WANT to know more.



I paid $25.00 for this...at a Fred's Discount Store.

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