Toys with a purpose that encourage learning and keep kids engaged are at the top of my list this year.
The V.Smile Cyber Pocket Learning System is one of these toys! Small enough to be portable but yet large enough for little hands this (I hate to even call it this because it's so much more) toy is one awesome find!
Children ages 4-7 can play games that enrich language, teach not only problem solving but math, spelling, vocabulary, logic, music and more.
I love that the screen is LCD and very clear. You know sometimes those small screens are pixel-y and remind me of the PONG game from way back when. Not this screen! It's sharp and colorful. I would like for it to be a little larger. I worry about the kiddos with less than perfect vision and think this small screen may frustrate them to the point of putting it down.
The stylus is attached with the short string and has a clip to hold it in place when not in use which is BRILLIANT! I wish my big kids had this option for their Nintendo DSs...they may not go to college b/c of all the money I have spent replacing lost styluses.
The buttons on the Cyber Pocket are colorful and small finger-sized but not to small that they hit more than one at a time. The finger activated joystick-style control buttons will increase hand-eye coordination which is a pre-reading skill. Kids with good hand-eye have been known to be better readers.
The writing pad is cool, too.
The mom friendly features are just as exciting!
- a head phone jack so you are not humming a learning game tune all day.
- a slide off cover to the battery compartment...NO SCREWDRIVER NEEDED!
- not-too-hard-to-remove-from-the-box packaging which can make for mumbled bad words on Christmas morning!
- ENTERTAINMENT that parallels no other system for this age group!
I can't wait for my son to open his VTech Cyber Pocket Learning System Christmas morning, but I think I will make it the last gift, so he can sit back and play right away!
MENTAL NOTE: Open box and put batteries in first! This packaging allows for simple cutting off fused edges and then placing protective clear cover back on and sliding it back into the box! LOVE IT!
The angels are singing to this one! Go out and get one of the best
kids won't bother me while I am grocery shopping toys on the shelves this year!
More reviews on the way soon.