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Tote & Go Laptop

Tote & Go Laptop

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufacturer: Vtech
Price: $21.99

This is a "laptop" for the younger set. It has a strong (damage resistant), colorful plastic case with handle, and a hinged screen, automatic shut-off function, and the saving grace of a volume control. The detachable mouse is easy for kids - left or right handed - to manipulate. It has about 20 different activities including simple addition, matching animals to their shadow, letter games (e.g. hear the sound of each letter) , music games, etc. Parents can connect the "laptop" to their computer and download additional stories, music and content.

Each age will gravitate towards what is most appropriate for them - our younger testers liked the stories and matching, and sending presents to "net pals" characters, but struggled with the addition problems. But with a laptop to call their own, they'll master challenges and grow into others. This is a great product for the money, my only concern is that there isn't much room for creativity or free expression (everything has a right or wrong answer), but it does a good job of entertaining kids and presenting great get-ready-for-kindergarten math and reading content.

Rachel Schiff   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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