Technology and Toys for Learning

Technology and Toys for Learning

Disclosure

Although all of my kids were born in the 21st century, my little kids are so excited to be finally joining the 21st century – technologically. We have finally agreed to allow them tablets …according to my children they were the ONLY kids in their entire school who didn’t have them. I’m not so sure they were exaggerating. I struggled with the benefit and necessity of these tools for the kids their age as I thought books (plain old fashioned ones), outdoor play, and imagination and make believe games were how little kids should be their spending time. However, the schools are implementing more screen time during school hours as a different way for kids to learn – and so I thought I should look into these options. It soon became obvious to me the amazing educational aspect that these devices can provide. While the kids think they are just playing – they are actually learning.

Some apps on the Little Scholar tablet are great for older kids, too! - SahmReviews.com

I was just thrilled to try out the Little Scholar Learning Adventure tablet from SchoolZone. It is aimed at preschool through first graders though my fifth grader found some games that were interesting AND relevant to what she is learning in school this year (states and capitals along with geography). I will even admit that while I was looking through it to see what games and learning opportunities were provided (read- I was playing) I found that I was learning things too (ok – maybe just recalling them vs. learning them but I am currently proficient at naming the bones of the body thanks to Little Scholar).

Learning is serious. Seriously FUN with the Little Scholar tablet! - SahmReviews.com

This tablet provides only learning opportunities and again, they are all disguised as games. These games range from number and letter recognition, to addition and subtractions facts and reading opportunities.  My kids are thrilled! And truth be told, I am too. I love that the Little Scholars tablet offers interactive edutainment and that their “screen” time is not just spent staring passively at a screen.

Siblings cuddling while learning on their Little Scholar tablet? Awesome! - SahmReviews.com

It’s not just for little kids, either. This tablet also has provided many opportunities for family interaction. There are several games that provide a timer which made the games relevant to the older family members as a time challenge – who can get the fastest time??!  It is a riot to challenge each other and the clock to see how quickly we can complete a simple task (sorting, naming states, or counting money). Additionally, this tablet also allows the little kids to interact together learning to read and count at a pace that is appropriate for them – it is just priceless to see them cuddled together learning something new.

Little Scholar Tablet - Usage monitoring

For parents, the most fantastic part of this tablet is the fact that it easily monitors the kids’ usage. With the touch of a button, the information is summarized and provided with easy to read charts and graphs. Information such as the usage (both amount of time and dates used) is provided allowing for the parents to monitor time spent with the device….(easy to verify they are using it only when they are supposed to be using it). The time spent on each grade level (Pre K, K, or first grade) as well as each category (math, reading, spelling, thinking, creativity etc) are also provided with a breakdown of what games they are playing. I love that this information is so easily accessed. As a bonus, parents can utilize the App management tool to choose which apps, music and e-books their children can access.

I appreciate the value, the learning opportunities and the fun that Little Scholar offers. All of these features are offered in this tablet which retails for a fraction of the price that a teen-adult centered tablet sells for, and to be honest, my little kids don’t even know the difference. When my kindergartner opened the Little Scholar package, she squealed in excitement that she had her very own iPad. Of course, it isn’t one but if a child doesn’t know the difference then that by itself adds value. The fun and learning combination are a icing on the cake.

When a child is having fun learning, everyone wins! - SahmReviews.com

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Terri

About Terri

Terri has been married to her best friend, Scott, for 20 years and together they have 5 children. She has been blessed to be able to be a SAHM since her first was born over 14 years ago. In addition to finding new and creative ways to entertain 5 children, she enjoys date nights with her husband, photography, reading, and traveling with her crew.

43 comments on «Technology and Toys for Learning»

  1. Nicole Dz says:

    The form says answer a question about itchy scalp, even though is does not go with the post, so not sure if that entry was a error, but what I hate most about itchy scalp is the embarrassing flakes that people can see. I also want to mention this tablet, love how many apps it has.

    1. Nicole says:

      I bet you were really scratching your head about the “itchy scalp” question. It was a mistake in the giveaway widget but thanks to your heads-up, I fixed it!

  2. Crystal says:

    I’m not sure I retained everything from 5th grade, but I do know a lot of the state capitals still. That looks like a great educational tool, and a fun way to get the kids excited about learning.

  3. I was just looking for something like this for my preschooler. I think she’d love it!

  4. Megan Thompson says:

    I try to slip in as many “edutainment” products as possible. My girls have a love of learning right now at ages 4 and 5. Everything is new so they want to know all about it. I do my best to be sure they are in a great learning environment as well as putting importance on play as well. If I can combine the two, even better!

  5. katrina g says:

    one of my friends got her son this tablet and they love it. He is learning so much with it.

  6. Michelle Gray says:

    This would be so nice to have for all three of my children

  7. Tequilla Usrey says:

    would love this for my 2 year old. he is into educational toys & this would be perfect for him.

  8. Debi says:

    Wow. I am such a big believer in the power of technology in helping kids learn. This is great.

  9. amy tolley says:

    i try to use as many ways to educate my son as much as possible but not so much with electronics i like the hands on education i think you learn more with actual hands on…thanks for this chance

  10. My daugther would have really enjoyed this when she was little. We had computer programs for her to play and learn, but now with tablet technology it’s much more convenient!

  11. Nicole B says:

    I like how easy it is for the tablet to show parents the kids’ usage. That is a handy feature!

  12. This is very interesting. I wonder if it would help my K-student. He is struggling in school and I wonder if the basic stuff would help him ease into the program

  13. Annie Fajardo says:

    This would be amazing for my six year old! She love sto leran ! Right now she scored in the 99 percentile for MAP testing all because of apps on my tablet and me helping her at home. This woul dbe great for her to have her own tablet to learn!

  14. carl forrester says:

    not sure

  15. Therese Campbell says:

    My nephew has a leapster but we want to get him something more advanced.

  16. Tracy H says:

    Love this! Thank You!

  17. Kay Murphy says:

    Yes, we use many edutainment items in our home!

  18. Caroline says:

    Educational toys are what I look for when purchasing a toy for my kids. I love that they can play and play with them and learn full of great stuff at the same time.

  19. This looks like something my grandson would love. I bet it’d be a big hit if it were under the tree.

  20. I hadn’t heard of this before. I love seeing toys that help encourage learning. It sounds very versatile.

  21. This is such a great tablet for kids to practice academic skills on. By allowing them to practice these concepts in a fun way, they actually retain more information.

  22. I love the sturdy case. Good for little hands.

  23. Melissa Douglass says:

    I love for my daughter to have educational toys! That’s how she learned her abc’s! Thanks so much for the chance!

  24. Terry Maigi says:

    We do! I think they make learning fun!

  25. Rita Collett says:

    would love this for my grand babies.

  26. Asia says:

    Thanks for this review as I am researching this tablet and another one to see what is best for my Toddler.

  27. Lori Berson says:

    My grandchildren all love learning toys as that is all I buy them. This would be a great tool to have when I watch them daily.

  28. 1955nurse says:

    We try to slip in as many “Edutainment” opportunities as possible when we have our Grands w/us. This product would def. put us in the “Cool Grandparent” catagory, LOL!!! Ty4 the chance………….

  29. Wendi S says:

    We have some products but no electronic edutainment products. I do like how many activities it comes with. It will keep the little’s busy.

  30. bianca roman says:

    google + name: bianca roman/yobonks@gmail.com

  31. steve weber says:

    yes! we make sure any video game is somehow tied in with education.

  32. amber kolb says:

    Yes we do! We currently use ABCmouse.com

  33. Lisa Garner says:

    We use edutainment products in our home because they are fun and teach without it being boring.

  34. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Yes we do!

  35. Yes we do but we also make sure to have lots of hands on and interactive play 🙂

  36. Richard Hicks says:

    Yep, great learning for the kids.

  37. Timothy says:

    No, but now that I know they are available I think they would be great for the kids.

  38. Great learning toys reviews and instructions. Like the pictures too. Very helpful. Thanks

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