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Looking for some fun new learning toys for your kids?
The Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook from VTech is an educational toy laptop inspired by the real thing and designed to teach your child essential skills for success. The notebook features a 4.5″ LCD color screen. It includes 120 learning activities that teach language arts, science, math, foreign language, creativity and more to help your child get ahead in school. The Notebook even has a mouse and touchpad so your child really feels like they are using a grown-up laptop.
VTech sent us a notebook to try out and review. I think my girls must have x-ray vision, because the minute the box arrived they knew it was for them. It says it is for ages 5-8, but my 3 year old had it figured out within minutes. There are a few things I love, the biggest being that it doesn’t require tons of cartridges to play games. So far the 120 games that are on it have kept us very entertained. I also like that all of the games are related to reading, art, math, and other subjects. Not that I don’t let my kids just play games, but I feel better when our play is still educational. The other feature I like is that it has an external power adapter, meaning I’m not going to pay out the nose for batteries. It does run on batteries if you want to mobile, but at least there is another option!
The only thing I would mention negative about it is the graphics display. It’s not as advanced as we adults might expect, my kids could care less though. If graphics are important to you I would recommend that you pay a bit more and go for the Innotab (VTech’s new tablet for kids).