Kids used to go outside and play in the mud. They had imaginary friends and pet rocks. Now they pull out the tablets and electronic frogs teach them phonics. Oh the times they are a changing!
Touchscreens are intuitive and tactile, so naturally kids love them. No weird mouse to handle, no coordination requires, just swipes, taps and gestures. Toys-R-Us is jumping on the bandwagon and in preparation for the pre-pre-Christmas sales, the toy store is selling 7 inch Tabeo tablets for kids.
For $150 you can buy your child an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet (just don’t tell them it’s an Ice Cream Sandwich 😉 ). The Tabeo tablet comes from a Canadian children’s book publisher, Chouette Publishing and has a 7 inch display. The 1GHz processor and 4 GB memory ought to be good enough for a kid. It also comes with Wi-Fi, HDMI out and a front camera. More details are forthcoming.
The internet is very protected and the tablet’s programs are intended to be kid friendly. Some 50 games are included and in the online store are 6,000 free apps. Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, AlphaTots and Putt Putt Zoo are included. October 21st s the release date for the Tabeo tablets at Toys ‘R’ Us, but you can order online starting October 1st.