Kid’s love to play with their parents iPhones, mp3 players, and other tech gadgets, that’s why I think the VTech V. Reader is such a cool electronic toy for preschoolers. It’s an interactive reading system that mimics the same toys grown ups and older siblings are playing with, so I’m sure it will be a big hit with the preschool crowd.
We had the opportunity to check out the VTech V. Reader over the last few days. I’ve heard quite a bit about them this year, so I was looking forward to taking a look to see what it was all about. Once I got my hands on it, I was just as impressed. I like that the V. Reader doesn’t look babyish. It looks just like the adult versions, with a beautiful cover. On the other hand it also looks tough and durable. It’s made with a hard plastic exterior that looks like it could take the hard knocks toddlers and preschoolers dish out. Take a look for yourself.
I love the aqua blue cover, it makes me want to pick it up, so I’m sure it will have the same appeal for kids. When you open it up it has buttons! There’s also a pink cover for girls which I’m sure is just as vibrant. there are plenty of buttons! Kids love buttons! They love to push buttons and see what happens.
I think it still looks grown up, and not like a baby toy at all, which for some reason is important to many preschoolers when it comes to tech toys. Kids can push the buttons to get where they need to go, but the V. Reader is also touch-screen, so they can touch the pictures on the screen to navigate their way around. Again it really mimics many adult tech devices, like the new Kindle, and the popular tablets out there. I think that’s really going to appeal to kids, the best part is you know they’ll be checking out material that’s age appropriate, and not ending up someplace you don’t want them to be, or locking up your expensive tech gadget.
You can get new cartridges for your V. Reader, or download new software at VTechKids.com. The reader comes with 3 free downloads to get you started. It also comes already loaded with some coloring pages, an art studio, a photo album and kids can practice their writing right on the touch screen.
Extras: The V. Reader requires 4 AA batteries, and if you’re going to download books and files online you’ll also need to insert an SD card.
Where can you find it? You can find the V. Reader and the book cartridges at most major retailers, and online at Amazon here: VTech V. Reader
Disclosure: I received a VTech V. reader for review. All opinions are my own.