Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Best Toys For Preschool Children

When it comes to finding the best toys and gifts for preschool children, there are two main considerations that need to be need. Firstly, the safety of the toy should be paramount. Secondly, the educational potential of the toy should also be considered. We are going to take a look at some of the top electronic learning toys for preschool age children as well as a toy or two that does not require batteries.

Best Learning Toys for Preschool Children

Here is our roundup of the top toys for children age 2 to 5 years old.
  • Playskool Alphie - This classic from Hasbro has been updated for the 21st century and is still a hit with children in this age range. Available for a surprisingly low price, it is a great way for younger boys and girls to learn while having fun at the same time. While boys may be more interested in this robot, there is nothing saying a little girl would hate the idea of having a robot buddy.
  • LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet - This is better for boys and girls age four and five, but these days even some toddlers and three year olds have the skills to operate a touchscreen. This does require batteries - we recommend rechargeable batteries - but it has a lot of potential for growing with your preschool age child as they develop. At around $100, it's a solid investment.
  • LeapFrog Scribble and Write - This is not as versatile as some of the other electronic learning toys on the market, but for the price it's a great, fun way for preschool children to practice their numbers and letters with an etch-a-sketch style device that lets them print out letters and numbers. At around $20, it's a great value and good for a preschool age boy or girl.
  • Pretend and Play School Set - Created by Learning Resources, this is a great way to get smaller children accustomed to the idea of school, even making it fun. Doing this can help them make the transition to school where they must interact in a social situation with other children. For the price, this is a great way to add a little extra to the imagination when "playing school" at home.
  • Vtech - V.Reader Animated E-Book System - Less expensive than a Kindle or other ebook reader, this is an ebook reader for kids that makes it fun for them to learn to read. They can interact with the screen as the story is read to them. Rechargeable batteries are recommended for the Vreader from Vtech.
  • Alphabet Matcher - This is a toy from Twisterz that does not require a battery! It is a great way for preschool children to learn their letters. There is another version that is a Word Matcher that allows children to create their own stories - all without electronics.
This is just a small sample of some of the best toys for preschool age boys and girls. As mentioned, the important things to remember when buying for this age group are safety and potential for learning.

K. Paul Mallasch is the publisher of Top Toys Blog, where you can learn more about the Best Toys for 2011.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tips on Choosing the Best Toy Stores and other articles

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:53 AM PDT
Do you want the best gift for your children? Look for the best toy stores and find the most suitable gift for young children. Today, you can have more time in looking for a special treat by searching the Internet.
Posted: 26 Oct 2011 08:32 AM PDT
We've just put the finishing touches on our 2011 Hot Christmas Toy insider reviews. We hope that you can use this guide to help figure you out which gifts to buy your child. So, without further ado, here's our list of 2011 hot Christmas toys.
Posted: 26 Oct 2011 06:16 AM PDT
Kids, young and old alike, will enjoy building the LEGO Star Wars clone turbo tank. The toy and collectible comes with dual cockpits, guns that move, and a command station. Turning wheels and a flexible suspension make this toy tank one toy collectible your children and you will enjoy. Of course, you can't have a tank without mini figurines in the form of Star Wars characters too. The tank also comes with Anakin Skywalker, Aayla Secura, Ahsoka, and Cad Bane. A battle droid and two clone troopers are included as well.
Posted: 25 Oct 2011 12:56 PM PDT
Shopping for Christmas gifts online has become trendy in the past few years. Many gifts are available on the internet nowadays. Listed below are some online gifts that you can buy online.

Friday, October 7, 2011

VTech InnoTab Tablet - The Must Have Educational Toy

The latest electronic gizmo available that your child may well be demanding as a gift soon is the VTech InnoTab Tablet. This toy looks like a kids version of a tablet computer, but also serves as an educational toy. The InnoTab Tablet has some great features such as a 12 cm colour screen, some great built-in learning apps, educational games, a tilt sensor and can play movies and mp3 music files.

The VTech InnoTab can also store and show photos, and as stated above play movies and music. It comes with 64 MB of onboard memory which is enough to run its operating system. You can expand the memory capacity of the tablet toy by purchasing a SD card, this will enable you to store various games, apps, music and photos.

Educational Toy

The built-in motion sensor, helps kids play games that teach them skills in reading, spelling, maths, logic and creativity. This toy will work with both Mac's and PC's, which you can connect to via the included USB cable. Handy for transferring apps, games etc.
Calling the VTech InnoTab Tablet a toy is doing it a disservice as it's a computer in its own right. It comes with great interactivity as the screen is a touchscreen, as well as controllable via a stylus. As well as the great features already covered, the InnoTab comes with other great apps such as an interactive globe, calculator, clock, ability to create a friends list and am art studio.

Additional Games and Apps Available

Additional games can be purchased separately and children's favourites such as Toy Story and Dora the Explorer are available. A good safety feature of the device is that additional games and learning apps can only be transferred from a computer on to the InnoTab, it cannot access the Internet directly.
The InnoTab is quite light and weighs less than one kilo and is 33 cm long by 28 cm wide. It requires 4 AA batteries, but cam also be mains powered and is aimed at children 4 to 9 years old. It's recommended price is around £79.00, but if you shop around you should be able to get it cheaper. The InnoTab is also compatible with the Kidizoom Range of products.


In summary the VTech InnoTab Tablet allows children to develop skills in reading, writing, spelling, maths logic and creativity in a fun way. It is already becoming the in-demand toy for children and it may well save your iPad or tablet device as kids will be enthralled by this great little computer.

The Best Kids Toy Shop has more great VTech InnoTab Tablet information. If you are considering buying your this toy for Christmas and want to find more, please visit

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