Starting School with VTech

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Jul 232017
 

VTech

After a shaky start at kindy due to a 12-month speech delay we were very curious (and a bit nervous!) to hear how miss Sybbie has been getting along in this first half of the year. We were so thrilled to see her excellent results and she has worked really hard at catching up, as of this month she has mastered her final tricky letter and she has settled into the kindy routine beautifully. Now we can make a careful start at getting her ready for school and this cool VTech find is a perfect tool to get there:

From letters to numbers, from spelling to counting, from shapes to instruments, from animals to foods and much more, with 30 interactive activities the VTech My Zone Laptop (Ages 3-6, RRP $34.95) really is the Pandora’s Box of learning fun. What a fabulous way to introduce your pre-schooler to a wide range of subjects, even hesitant learners like our miss 4 will be gaining knowledge as they play!

To ensure your curious pre-schooler doesn’t run out of things to discover too quickly VTech has come up with progressive learning levels, so the difficulty will increase gradually as your child develops and grows. The My Zone Laptop teaches valuable skills like logic, number and letter recognition, problem solving and prediction and at the same time is great practice for that important fine motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Since Sybil has recently mastered the letters of her own name and can confidently write it herself we are currently working hard on recognising the rest of the alphabet. She finds the little pictures on each of the letter buttons really helpful and she loves the wide choice of letter games, eg. find the Beginning Letter and the Exploring Letters. Some of her favourite number games are Shapes Counting, Bigger or Smaller and Number Quiz. Now that she has gotten to know the keyboard and direction keys she is getting faster at it by the day!

Good to know: Even though this child-friendly computer is aimed at 3-6 year olds, our 8-year old twins have been grabbing a turn on it whenever they can as well. They may be well past the early learning games but they still very much enjoy having a go at Fishing Journey, Music Quiz or Crossing Iceland. Seeing how one toy appeals to all of our kids really proves it is a fantastic toy for siblings to share and great value for money.

During the last school holidays this interactive laptop has provided us with hours of entertainment for our little busy bee and therefore some much needed sanity for this tired mummy. I love that children can enjoy the My Zone Laptop both at home and on the go, it’s the perfect compact size for a kids’ backpack, holiday suitcase or even to slide in the back pocket of your car seat (for when boredom strikes on long car trips). Just remember to bring the batteries (2x AA batteries)!

For a more personal learning experience your My Zone Laptop can be customised with your little learner’s name, age, an avatar, favourite food, melody and more, this ‘All About Me’ function is a wonderful way to make kids feel special and speak to their imagination.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Dec 042015
 

Brydge

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Like many other families we have several tablets circulating the house. Whether it’s checking emails, sending messages to our family in The Netherlands, updating the blog, taking photos, watching a children’s show, playing a learning game, online shopping or just browsing the internet, those handy little computers are getting quite the workout every day. While I love the compact size and portability I do regularly complain that I miss the convenience and speed of a regular keyboard, luckily that problem is easily solved with Brydge:

Brydge Keyboards are the perfect companion for your iPad, iPad Mini or iPad Air. With one smooth click these sleek wireless keyboards will give your ordinary tablet the look and feel of a little laptop, how clever!

BrydgeMini KeyboardWidely praised in leading magazines and online media Brydge has quickly become a big favourite amongst iPad users and I have to say I am not surprised. The keyboard’s classy look and stylish curves match beautifully with the shape of your iPad, it really is a perfect fit and looks very professional. Made from 100% strong, durable aluminium and packed with clever features Brydge is clearly top of the range, it’s obvious from the very first touch that this is a high quality product.

If you type quite a lot like I do you are sure to appreciate the ease of a traditional keyboard compared to fiddling with squishy onscreen keys, the chances of accidentally pressing the wrong keys are a lot slimmer. You can even control other settings straight from your keyboard eg. volume or screen brightness, playing music, switch between apps and more. Unlike other keyboards the luxurious BrydgeMini has backlit keys (brightness can be adjusted), ideal for that last email you want to send from bed without waking up your partner.

BrydgeMini Steel GreyThe BrydgeMini effortlessly connects to your iPad Mini using Bluetooth: simply switch on your keyboard, make it discoverable and it will automatically pop-up in your list of devices, easy as pie. The keyboard is completely wireless and rechargeable with the included micro USB cable. One single charge can last up to 3 months so you rarely have to worry about running out of battery life.

Once you’ve clicked in your iPad you can change the screen angle to your liking (up to 180ºC): stand it up like a laptop or lay it flat like a tablet, it’s up to you. The BrydgeMini is designed to securely connect to the iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3 and is available in three timeless colours: Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

BrydgeMini

The BrydgeAir (RRP AUD $199) and BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179) are currently available at Harvey Norman stores Australia wide and online in the Brydge web store.

To find out more about Brydge, to browse the range and to order online visit www.brydgekeyboards.com.au.

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