I have been wanting to get a computer learning system of some sort for my daughter for quite some time, but the systems for her age group were always a little too simple to stimulate her. She would much rather grab my iPhone than use a computer or game that looks like a toy. This is a 2 year old who can navigate YouTube (including launching the application) and pick videos from Favorites and the Related Videos sections, and she is really bright in vocabulary and comprehension (usually too smart for her own good). I tried a toddler program that you stick on top of your keyboard, but it didn’t work well with our style keyboard and my daughter got easily frustrated and it was too much of a hassle to set up a larger keyboard into the USB whenever she wanted to play the game.
Some of my girl friends have preschoolers with handheld educational game systems that my daughter begs to play with when we are at their houses and when I had the opportunity to review this new products I jumped at the chance. Not only was it a handheld, portable educational software device, but it also had a touch screen, which is a skill she knows well from our iPhones. We have been playing this game every day since we received it last week and my daughter loves it! She needs assistance with most games, but there are a couple that she can do without any help and my husband and I have fun helping her identify more letters in the alphabet and learn new hand and eye coordination skills. I am excited that they will have software that she can grow with as she gets older and they have other software available for other skills that include some of her favorite TV characters.
Now we are the “cool family” and one of my daughter’s preschool friends we saw today loved the MobiGo and it was a bit of a struggle when we had to tell him that game time was over. I also plan on keeping the game system available for my elementary aged piano students to use while they wait for their siblings to finish their lessons, as we mainly have toddler toys (although they surprisingly keep many of them entertained) and this is a more age-appropriate form of entertainment for the kiddos when they forget to bring an activity along.
The keyboard slides out like those nifty cell phones when it is needed, and can be tucked away when a game does not require its use. I love that the keyboard has the letters in keyboard style rather than in order, because my daughter can associate this with the desktop when we do coloring and other online activities; and it will also familiarize her to the layout for when she is old enough to put it into practice. My daughter also noticed the similarity the buttons have to my husband’s XBox controllers, so she knows she must be a big girl playing it.
This is a game system that will provide years of age-appropriate entertainment for your preschoolers and elementary aged children and I can’t imagine any kid not loving it. My husband jokingly tells me to go and play my game, since I have also been exploring the different levels and games on the software that came with the MobiGo myself. The system can also be connected to your computer for customization, updates and downloadable games, which makes it a lot more forward thinking than other consoles on the market that will quickly go out of date.
The MobiGo will be released at Toys R Us in stores and online June 7, 2010 and nationwide in August 2010. I peeked on the Toys R Us website and it looks like it is already available online along with 8 of the 11 initial licensed software available!
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