If your investigating options for an electronic learning device for young children (preferably 18 months – 5 years old), consider the VINCI Tablet when doing your research. If you don’t want your children to use your iPad and are looking for something that looks very “official” and like your adult device, the VINCI is a high end option preloaded with educational apps, games, and stories and runs on an Android tablet for children aged 18 months – 9 years old.
What’s cool is your kids get a grown up looking tablet, that Mom can feel safe with them using as it’s surrounded by sturdy rubber handles that are perfect for tiny hands to hold securely and yes even safely drop! Definitely not the case when my kids are playing on my iPad!
The price point is $199 – and I’ve seen it on sale at Walmart.com & Toys R Us in the $125 range.
We took this for a test run and the kids enjoyed it. And if Mom would allow, I know they’d play with it even more! Despite being a super wired family, I have to be honest in that we’ve kept our children sheltered from the video game craze as we prefer imaginative play and the kids do too. Likewise, Kenzie and Kyle spend very little time on our iPad or iPhones as we simply encourage other activities and luckily for us the kids generally prefer to play together or appreciate the one on one learning time that Mom & Dad give to the kids teaching them to read, playing board games, card games or just crazy play together.
However, these kids have absorbed the hows and flow of the touch screen since before they could talk so YES like all kids and adults, they like a fun app. And if they are going to play apps – I’d certainly prefer educational games and that’s what VINCI is all about.
There are 3 levels of learning – super easy to select what is right for your kids based on their age and academic abilities. These levels are called - The Curious, The Confident, and The Capable, are especially tailored to accommodate the different aspects of a child’s
developing mind by helping her/him build Thinking Skills; Social & Emotional Understanding; Language & Literacy Abilities; Math & Logical Reasoning; Science; and General Knowledge.
And there are even read along stories – Kenzie and Kyle read the Boy Who Cried Wolf this evening!
For Kenzie, who is 7, we pick the hardest curriculum obviously and she can get some fast practice with addition and subtraction – while Kyle can focus more on number recognition and counting. This bowling game is fun for both kids!
I recommend this product for parents with younger children as there is an entire digital curriculum designed to developmentally provide a step-by-step learning structure to help parents prepare children for school success. So if a 2 year old starts with this on level 1 and slowly builds up it’s a great natural way for parents to know the kids are progressing and learning more before they even start preschool.
The specs of the VINCI tablet that sells for $199 shown in our review are found here. My kids were easily able to navigate the screens with some initial guidance from Mom on which activities I think would be appropriate and fun for them. And the big bonus for me was not having to connect ANYTHING to load these games versus a Leapfrog based system where there tends to be a good amount downloading to add on new levels of play and learning.
More official scoop on the product and brand can be found at VINCI.
Thanks to VINCI for sending us this sample unit to facilitate our feature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.