By Reyne Rice, Toy Trend Analyst, New York, USA
First posted on the YourToyCom.com blog forum and community website serving the toys, games and childrens’ technology industries, on behalf of the Spielwarenmesse. Spielwarenmesse is the leading and largest International ToyFair in the world, held annually in Nuremberg, Germany in early February.
These tablet computers are designed specifically for kids usage, for children aged 2-14 years, with age-appropriate content loaded right onto the tablet, along with games, apps and parental controls. Tablet devices are shaping the lives of youths around the world, not just at home but in the classroom, too. According to Nielsen, about 70 percent of children in homes with tablet computers use the devices for education and entertainment on a regular basis.
Shown here: Innotab 2 by V-Tech, Meep by Oregon Scientific
What’s so different about kid-focused tablets?
The key focus of these kids’ tablets is a combination of both interactive educational tools and play activities that engage, delight, and encourage learning with age-appropriate, skill-leveling activities. For example, the LeapPad 2 by Leapfrog has built-in software that detects a child’s learning level and matches the activities to their level of competence to encourage participation. As the child’s skills improve, the games and activities increase the skill level competency to provide on-going challenges with more advanced curriculum.
Besides being incredible devices for education, these tablets are also equipped with 2-way cameras, reading libraries, photo galleries, creativity apps, and more. Additional software to increase the learning potential is available with hundreds of age-specific, subject-specific topics, covering language and literacy, math and science, and more.
Tablet Computers for kids: This is going to be a big game-changer. Why?
There are over a dozen manufacturers offering tablet computer products that provide learning tools and activities for the 2-14-year-old age target market. Fasten your seatbelts, this is a new generation of powerful, often Android-based technology tablets, created specifically for children.
These new educational learning tablets are packed with powerful applications, armed with parental tools, and ready to engage children with digital interactive learning. Most are priced between 200 and 250 Euros, with some outliers priced above and below that median price range. Most have access to a distinct set of apps, and many come pre-loaded with popular entertainment apps, such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Fruit Ninja. Some tablets are Wi-Fi compatible, include Flash capabilities, and link to additional content, such as reading libraries, math skills and learning curriculum, games, educational tools, photography software, and their favorite entertainment characters and episodes.
A brief overview of available kid-friendly tablet options include:
Amigo Pad, by Idolian (first Spanish-language tablet)
ChildPad by Archos
Fable by Isabella Products
Hello Kitty Tablet by Sakar Electronics
InnoTab2 by VTech
Intel StudyBook by Intel
Kurio by Inspiration Works (Europe and distributed by TechnoSource in North America)
LeapPad2 by Leapfrog Enterprises
Lexi Tablet by LexiBook
MEEP by Oregon Scientific
Nabi 2 by Fuhu
Playbase by Kurma
TABEO, a Toys R Us exclusive
Vinci Tab, Vinci Tab M and Vinci Tab V by Vinci Genius