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Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook

Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Manufacturer: Vtech
Price: $49.99

The Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook is designed to teach children ages five through eight skills in the areas of reading, math, creativity, science, social studies and Spanish through games and fun activities. The Notebook looks like a small laptop, which is a very appealing for young children. One six year old tester immediately said "Yeah! I have my own computer!". There are over 120 games on the computer that are broken down into the categories described above. The child can gain easy access to the games they like by clicking on a category key and then either scrolling through the games or typing in the number of the game. Our testers never typed the games in by number, and given that there are 120 of them, I doubt most kids will ever know the games by number (with the exception of a few favorites). The graphics are a very basic dot matrix format, but they are in color and are fine for younger kids. Older kids with computer experience will most likely find this format unappealing visually. Children toward the older end of the suggested age range sometimes found the toy "too babyish". Still, this is overall a good product for five to seven year olds who want to have a computer like their parents.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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