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There is a gadget for everyone, whether you are a student or a businessman – gadgets are fast becoming a must-have, helping us complete tasks, check our email and browse the web from wherever we are. It’s not just adults who love gadgets, though…there are plenty of gadgets which can benefit kids, too, and even act as an emergency pacifier!
Is your child desperate to play with your iPad? They have been a huge success with children – the touchscreen interface is very inituitive to them, and the interface is easy to work out, too. If you don’t fancy letting your child play with your $500 tablet, you’ll be glad to hear that Leapfrog have made a (much cheaper) version for little fingers.
Featuring a 5″ screen with the same touchscreen technology, but encased in kid-safe plastic and teamed with a camera and video camera, this $100 is sure to be a hit with every child. The tablet works as an e-book reader, mainly for children’s books, and utilises the camera and video camera to encourage the child to make films involving themselves, putting them together with sound. It also comes with educational games, including logic, mathematics, spelling and phonics, and automatically makes the questions more difficult as your child gets better. It even encourages them to practise their handwriting on the screen!
Older children will probably prefer the real thing, and with it’s wide range of apps and functionality, you might find a family iPad is the best option for you. Equally, your child might prefer something a little less educational – the new Ninendo 3DS allows your child to experience games in 3D, and you can buy educational games such as spelling, logic and painting – although whether your child will play them is another matter! It also has old favorites such as Mario Brothers and Pokemon!
The gadget market for children is expanding all the time – there are thousands of videos of children effortlessly working Apple products, and the iPad might even get voted Children’s Toy of the Year! Encourage your child to get used to using gadgets to get things done, and it is sure to be a benefit for our gadget-packed future!