I can’t tell you how anxious I was for summer vacation from school to start! I was ready for the chance to turn that alarm clock off, and I think my kids were, too! Now that we’re two weeks into our summer the novelty has worn off and we’ve been getting creative with our time. I want to be sure my kids don’t get too comfortable in front of the TV and that, even though it’s summertime, they still keep those brain cells in motion! “Summer Brain Drain” is a real thing and can happen to even the most conscious families, so I’m happy to share with you a great way to fight it: the InnoTab 2S from VTech Toys!
Summer Brain Drain occurs when students are away from the structured learning environment of a classroom and lose the months of knowledge they gained during the school year because they are not regularly exercising their brains. According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer break. But there are many things parents can do to help keep children’s minds active during the summer months and avoid these setbacks.
Of course using the InnoTab 2S is a great resource for summer fun and learning. I like to think of it as “a spoonful of sugar.” Kids are having so much fun playing that they don’t realize they’re learning along the way.
There are plenty of ways for your kids to engage with InnoTab. You automatically receive two free standard app downloads, in addition to the 17 that are already built-in, when you register your InnoTab, and you can also use any of the VTech InnoTab game cartridges. I have daughters on both ends of the suggested age range (3 to 9) and it’s been interesting to watch them use it in different ways, and luckily there are multiple profiles available to use for multiple kid families (4 users + 1 guest)! Emma, my oldest, takes playing on the InnoTab very seriously. She loves the art studio, taking photos and using the photo editor, and listening to music through the MP3 player. Abby, my youngest, is all about the games and e-books, and she especially loves the ones that use the motion sensors.
We love all the great features of our InnoTab 2S, but the one that sets it apart from all the rest of the kid-friendly tablets out there is that it’s WiFi enabled. It’s parent-controlled, safe and protected, but through the WiFi I can download games to the InnoTab right from the device, saving time and hassle with connecting it to the computer – especially when we’re on the go, like summer road trips or playing at the park. My daughters particularly enjoy the “kick-stand” (as they call it) that holds the tablet up either vertical or horizontal. Other fun features are a rotating camera so you can take pictures multiple ways, and the sturdy stylus that has a built-in storage spot on the back of the tablet. It also has an expandable memory option, so you can plug in a SD card should you want to add more and more to the tablet. The InnoTab 2S is really a nice product, I appreciate it’s sleek look and the thoughtful design touches, like how the game cartridges are rounded and sit flush into the side of the tablet.
With the InnoTab, we have access to the Learning Lodge Navigator that allows me to track my kids’ progress, see how they spend their time on the tablet, personalize their experience, manage our account, and I can browse and download games from VTech. One of the new features of InnoTab is the “Wish List,” where my kids can add VTech games they like to download to this app and I’ll be able to see what they are interested in.
Available at retailers nationwide or online at VTechToys.com, you can find the VTech InnoTab 2S with a suggested retail price of $99.99, as well as accessories and game cartridges to optimize your InnoTab experience!
I’m excited to be able to offer as a giveaway one InnoTab 2S to help one lucky reader’s family fight summer brain drain! To enter for your chance to win this exciting kids tablet from VTech, simply use the Rafflecopter form below and let me know if you have any questions! Good luck!
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