As parents, we’ve been proud purchasers of VTEch products for years. Our VTech Toys for Kids gift guide includes many of our children’s favorite toys.
Like most moms, I try to find a healthy balance between traditional toys and technological toys. I encourage my children to take turns, be creative and play together whenever possible. I prefer to find toys for my children that combine fun, learning and creativity. I look at most toy purchases as an investment, I don’t want my children to have a home filled with toys that they never play with. I feel that the clutter of too many toys can become an overwhelming distraction for them.
I prefer to have a few high quality, toys that are greatly enjoyed by them. When my kids approach me about a new toy that they have to have, I go through a mental checklist.
- Is it age appropriate?
- Does it have educational qualities?
- Is it a fleeting interest, did they see it on a commercial?
- Will it engage them for longer than the time it takes to open the box?
Although not every toy meets these requirements, I try to make sure that it won’t be tossed into the back of a closet after a few minutes of play. I find a really easy way to gauge my child’s interest in the toy is by asking them a simple question.
Would you be willing to use the money in your piggy bank to buy this toy?
If I am met with that “deer in headlights” look, I know this is not the toy for them. If they seem unsure, I tell them to think about it and give me a few reasons why they really want to have the toy. If you use this tactic in your own home, watch out for the natural born debaters! You might find yourself having to have to same toy 🙂
Recently my family had the opportunity to review the VTech InnoTab MAX, the learning tablet for kids. The first thing about this tablet that I noticed, was it was built to last. It has a tough, durable kid-friendly cover than can be removed. For my family, this is a huge deal. I’ve had tablets stepped on and phones dropped, resulting in smashed screens and a very sad mommy.
The InnoTab also has a library full of learning apps that are age appropriate for children ages 3-9. I love that I can add apps to The Learning Lodge for my children to use. In addition to the Educator-Supported games, e-books and apps, kids also have access to Android apps. In addition, this tablet also has Wifi and VTEch Kid Connect, which allows children to receive text and voice messages from their parents. My kids can also send me their photos and drawings. I really like this feature as my children are still quite young and are not ready to be online or text their friends yet. Only parents can send and approve contact list requests so they know their child is communicating safely.
As parents, we have been proud purchasers of VTEch products for years. Below you will find our favorite gifts from our children’s past as well as a few new favorites.
Our Favorite VTech Toys for Kids
As parents, we have been proud purchasers of VTEch products for years. Below you will find some of our favorite gifts from our children's past as well as a few new favorites.
With the MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System, kids ages 3-8 can enjoy having their own educational handheld toy that engages them while they learn. MobiGo 2 has the same great touch screen play as the original MobiGo, and now offers a motion sensor and microphone, adding two new features for kids to explore. Your child can access fun and learning on the go with the MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System. Kids ages three to eight will love the collection of games and apps that teach basic learning skills, including math, vocabulary, problem solving, and creativity. Activities on the MobiGo 2 employ a variety of control methods, including button controls, tilting, and sound. The toy comes equipped with several ready-to-run apps, and you can purchase more from an extensive library available in cartridge form or online.
Introduce your child to the possibilities of computer play with the portable Vtech Tote and Go Laptop. This toy engages your child with 20 educational activities, appropriate for ages 3 to 6, and even includes more advanced functions, like a pretend social network, an e-card feature, a music-playlist option, and a story-time activity. The Tote and Go helps to teach your child letters, numbers, as well as logic and reasoning skills, and additional content is available by connecting it to your PC or Mac.
The Move & Crawl Ball by VTech wobbles and wiggles with baby's every giggle! Have a ball with this interactive self-rolling learning toy that's chocked full of fun things to press, pull, spin and feel. Three animal buttons and three light-up shape buttons introduce numbers, shapes, sounds and more. Give the ladybug a spin, press the flashing light or play over forty songs, melodies, sounds and playful phrases for endless learning fun. The Move & Crawl Ball even has satin ribbons for tactile stimulation. Put learning on a roll with the Move & Crawl Ball!
Take care of your baby doll with the 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller by VTech. This interactive stroller has three modes and easily transforms from a stroller to high chair to bassinet. Your child can also listen to fun rhyming stories, explore nutrition and hear baby care reminders for more role-play fun. Doll stroller plays classic nursery rhymes and lullabies while play piano keys introduce numbers and counting with sound.
The VTech Touch & Teach Turtle is designed with curious toddlers in mind. This cheerful turtle will stroll through pages and pages of learning fun, teaching numbers, letters, animals, and shapes along the way. Entertaining music and amusing short stories will round out the fun. The three modes of play include letter, story, and music. Slide the mode selector switch to choose a mode of play. In letter mode, toddlers can press the light-up buttons to learn letters, shapes, animals, objects, and more. In Story Mode, parents and toddlers can read interesting short stories with background music. Turn the book pages to hear magical sounds, giggling sounds or short tunes, as well as some playful phrases. In Music Mode little ones will hear a variety of sound effects and melodies. Additionally, when a melody is playing in Music Mode, pressing the light-up buttons will play corresponding sound effects with the tune. In all modes, the lights will flash with the sounds.
Make tracks with the Sit to Stand Alphabet Train, teaching little ones letters, numbers, colors, songs, stories and more. The Sit to Stand Alphabet Train features 13 double-side letter blocks, a book with six turning pages, five colorful number buttons, one movable elephant character, a motion sensor, a ride-on carriage and a drop-space for sending the blocks from the train to the carriage. You can use alone for floor play, push along as a walker, or attach to the carriage as a ride-on toy. Plus, with the Sit to Stand Alphabet Train, there are two ways to play. Choose from two play modes: Walker Mode and Discovery Mode.
Play and explore with the Learn & Discover Pretty Party Play set by VTech. This interactive set includes a pitcher of pretend lemonade, cups and sweet treats to share with friends. Put the play set pieces on the tray to see the pitcher and tray light-up and learn about colors, shapes, objects and more. Toddler pretend playset has 70+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases; infant learning toy teaches shapes and colors with cakes and cookies. 6 sing-along songs are included with the electronic learning toy; as the pitcher is tipped the liquid inside moves to simulate real play.
Discover the magic of words with the Touch & Teach Word Book by VTech. Cody The Smart Cub and Cora The Smart Cub teach letters and more than 100 words in four different activities. Twelve interactive pages come to life with the touch of a finger. Make reading an even more interactive experience with the Touch & Teach Word Book. Each page reacts to your child’s touch with sounds, words and music. This word book includes more than 100 words, 90 unique sounds and 15 melodies on 12 fully-colored and incredibly detailed touch sensitive pages. Play in four different modes including What’s That Word?, Letter Fun, Music Time and Find It Quiz Game. The Touch & Teach Word Book also helps expand your child’s vocabulary by introducing the ABCs and helping them read while associating words with pictures and sounds. Available in orange and pink.
Take a bite out of learning with the Alphabet Apple by VTech! Eight learning activities teach letters spelling time concepts and so much more. With light-up buttons melodies and a cute interactive worm this is one apple that can't go rotten! The Alphabet Apple by VTech will introduce your child to a whole new world of learning! Eight learning activities teach animals objects and words phonics letters spelling and time concepts. Press the light-up alphabet buttons to hear the 26 cheerful melodies and sound effects. This fun learning toy also features a cute singing worm that sings songs and interacts with your child. 24 months - 5 years.
Your little princess can play just like the adults with the Princess Fantasy Notebook. This laptop looks and feels like the real thing with its Qwerty keyboard mouse and cursor pad. With touch of magic, your child can learn about letters, numbers and more with the 20 included activities that feature Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and Belle. Enchantment and wonder await with the Princess Fantasy Notebook from VTech. This magical laptop helps your child learn about letters, numbers and more with activities that feature her favorite Disney princesses. Features activities with Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White and Belle. Qwerty keyboard teaches typing skills. 20 activities teach letters, numbers and more. Real computer mouse and cursor pad.
This InnoTab MAX bundle comes with headphones and carrying case. InnoTab® MAX is the fastest 7" kids' tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of our educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun! VTech's 4th generation kids' learning tablet has a variety of great new features including a multi-touch screen with a high-resolution display, kid-safe Wi-Fi and Android operating system. Its adaptable design with tough, kid-friendly cover can be easily removed for a more grown-up feel. Plus, the InnoTab® MAX has a huge library of expert-supported curricula with more than 650 age-appropriate apps including hundreds of hand-picked Android learning apps that are perfect for kids of all ages. It comes with 18 apps including My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max and two free apps of your choice that can be downloaded from VTech's Learning Lodge. InnoTab® MAX is also compatible with most titles in the InnoTab Cartridge Library. Using a Wi-Fi connection, the web browser lets kids explore online games, videos and websites that have been preselected by VTech or parent approved. Plus, there's the VTech Kid Connect app. In addition to being able to exchange text and voice messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers with smart phones, VTech Kid Connect has been enhanced with new features such as group chat and family bulletin. There's also a new Family Bulletin feature where family members can post messages, photos, greeting cards and more. Includes HDMI port for connection to a TV (HDMI cable not included).