Levi loves to play with our phones, especially touchpad games. But seriously, who buys an iPad for a 2 year old?
Not me. I won’t even spend the money to buy one for myself. So it’s definitely out of the question for Levi.
Luckily, VTech recently sent me their InnoTab 2 tablet that’s specially designed for kids.
- Built-in digital photo/video camera fully rotates to take images and videos of others or yourself
- 2 GB onboard memory with SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB of memory (SD card not included)
- 5" color touch screen and tilt sensor
- Camera, video camera, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, games, and microphone
- Personalize the InnoTab 2 for up to four users with photo wallpaper, user name and avatar, a voice greeting and typed greeting
It’s geared towards kids ages 4-9, but it’s totally toddler friendly, too. Levi is 2 and had a blast playing with the interactive touch screen apps.
The 5” screen is perfect for his little hands, but big enough to show the pictures well. Speaking of pictures, the InnoTab 2 has a built-in camera. Levi’s used to seeing me snap photos with my phone all the time to post on Facebook, so he knew just what to do. I set up the tablet on its stand on the floor and he went to town taking photos of himself.
He loved the clicking sound the InnoTab 2 makes when you take the photo – it sounds just like Mom’s phone. When he wasn’t using the stand, he got comfy on the floor to read a story.
VTech is all about educational toys, and the InnoTab 2 is no exception. There are apps for music, games, art, and more. As a parent, my favorite feature was the animated e-books. Levi enjoyed reading them on his own AND while snuggled up with his mama.
In fact, Levi didn’t want me to read to him at all. He had to tell me the story!
I know we haven’t even scratched the surface of this toy’s potential. There are a whole bunch of “plug-in” cartridges you can buy that feature licensed characters like Thomas & Friends, Dinosaur Train, and Scooby Doo. The VTech Learning Lodge Navigator has tons of educational and fun apps and additional content you can download, too.
The InnoTab 2 is all aces in my book. It’s nowhere near as fancy as the iPad, but I think it’s perfect for preschoolers and young children. The software helps them learn while playing, the system itself is well-made and durable, and the touchscreen is perfect for kids that like to explore with their hands AND their eyes. At $79.99, it’s also a much more reasonable investment for a child’s toy.
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review.