Although a laptop for kids educational toy will not necessarily make your kids smarter, it can supplement developmental and academic milestones while providing entertainment. The best choices, of course, vary by age group. Here are some options you may want to consider.
Educational Laptop Options by Age
Laptops for kids can be found for almost any age. Even school age children who use a computer at school may not be ready to be left unsupervised on an adult's computer. Purchase a laptop toy that features educational software appropriate for your child's age and development.
Infant to Toddler
Even babies and toddlers can get acclimated to using a child's laptop. The Discovery Baby Laptop is great for little ones just learning colors, numbers and the alphabet. With animal sounds, fun phrases like "peek-a-boo" and more, this is a cute toy for any tech-savvy parent's progeny.
Though marketed towards preschoolers, many toddlers will love the features of the SW Express Preschool Laptop. Buttons activate lights and sounds and will activate a fun matching game, perfect for toddler to preschool aged children.
This age group is perfect for introducing a more advanced laptop toy. Look for software that focuses on simple math and reading skills through educational games while providing features for reviewing basic number and letter concepts. Laptops for preschool, kindergarten and first graders include:
- LeapFrog My Own Leap Top teaches letters and sounds, songs, games, and more.
- Fun 2 Learn Laughtop teaches fundamentals like phonics along with basic computer skills like mouse manipulation and checking email.
- Power Color Learning Laptop comes with 45 activities and 20 arcade games, making it ideal for children who are easily bored.
Kids who are between the ages of 8 and 11 may find many educational kids' software too simple. For kids who are not ready to use a real PC but crave a more adult laptop, options are available. Children often have a favorite character, movie or television program at this age. Help foster their love of learning by finding a laptop for kids educational toy that features their favorite character. The Barbie B-Smart Learning Laptop and Spider-Man Spider-Smart Learning Laptop are perfect ways for keeping children engaged in academics.
The Touch Tablet Notebook Computer from V-tech offers a grown-up look and design with over 100 activities. Math and reading are covered, but so are geography, history, art, music and even foreign language. Games adjust with the child's skill level to encourage higher-level thinking.
Laptop Toys and Beyond
Kids will outgrow laptop toys fairly quickly as computers get introduced to them at even earlier ages. Those aged 12 years and up will usually find laptops childish and easy. They have usually reached an age of maturity where they can be trusted to use a home computer appropriately. Instead of a toy, buy educational PC games for your tweens and teens to use at home.