G.C. asks from Seal Beach, CA on March 22, 2010
S.G. answers from Los Angeles on March 25, 2010
I think 3 is too young for a computer - and it's quite an investment. By the time he is old enough to actually benefit from a computer, it will be outdated. I would suggest buying a LeapFrog system. We have the console that hooks up to the TV and the handheld. The game cartridges go in either, so he would be able to play at home or on the road. Game cartridges have LOTS of fun games that include learning as well - colors, numbers, counting, alphabet, etc! Good luck!
D.M. answers from San Diego on March 23, 2010
Not at this age. And only a play computer at about age 5 or 6. Did you mean a real computer? That shouldn't be until way way later.
T.O. answers from Los Angeles on March 24, 2010
The VTech Tote 'N Go Laptop Plus is inexpensive and can be found at Target.
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M.D. answers from Los Angeles on March 23, 2010
I have a four year old and an 18 month old and truly see no reason for a three year old to have an actual computer.
Last Christmas, Santa gave my four year old a "laptop" but it's one of the play kind and it's great. My son loves playing on it like he's working like Mommy and Daddy and there are educational tools on it too. We got one of the V-Tech ones that has a normal keyboard like computers do rather than a keyboard that is just A-Z alpahbetically. It has a mouse so he can learn to use that and lots of other keys that are normal to a real computer. It cost me about $40.
You can also hook it up to a computer and download other things online.
I really suggest going that route. A real computer at three is just a waste and by the time your grandchild is able to really use it, it will be painfully out of date.
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C.B. answers from Los Angeles on March 22, 2010
You can check out the vtech computers for kids. They have a really good line for ages 6 mo and up. There are different models as well and they are all pretty inexpensive. These make great starters. I bought one for my daughter, and she loves it. It has a lot of learning activities, etc.
N.L. answers from San Diego on March 23, 2010
Go with an apple mac mini if you can ( and the extended warranty is will worth it not only if you have problems but the support calls are invaluBle for any questions about anything both instore or over phone). A basic system will cost around $600 but the safety, ease of use and reliabilty are priceless. Both our kids have been using our mini and my iMac for years and our daughter, now 4 yrs has had her own account on them dice she was 2. It helped her learn to type and write her name and she is already reading above kindergarten levels. You can set up parental controls for their user account and they can only have access to the sites you put in for the or the programs/ software you approve. There are many preschool free sites ( PBS kids, nickjr playhouse Disney, funschool or google search preschool sites for more) and I bookmark their sites on the bookmark toolbar so they can go directly to them easily.
There is a little learning curve if you are only used to windows machines but Macs are a far superior operating system ( not only my opinion but my husband has well over 10 yrs in complex computing, networking and security) and it is very easy to learn and a much more intuitive setup. More importanlty it is very very very very difficult to get any kind of virus on macs! We switched our house to mostly macs 6 yrs ago and will not go back to windows except for ones my husband has to work with occasionally.
Hope this helps!
J.M. answers from Washington DC on March 22, 2010
My son has the Fisher Price Fun2Learn computer. This plugs into your home computer and you can buy different discs for it. He really likes this and it is educational.
I agree, 3 is too young for a "real" computer. Any toy store should have a variety of fun keyboards and programs that use a USB port. Most run around $50-$100.
G.B. answers from Tulsa on March 22, 2010
Hi, we have computers for the kids, a MAC, it's old, a 9.something and an XP. The MAC is very user friendly and has great games installed for the kids. But a Windows computer has many more options now for learning games like Dora and Sesame Street. So, any computer that is avail. at Wal-Mart or Staples is fine for kids.
I will tell you our policy. The computer is in the main living area, where it can be seen from everywhere, no way of turning the screen so it can't be seen, anything like that. We also have a picture by Greg Olsen over the monitor of Christ and also a huge picture of the kids. Our 6 yr old can go online and play dress up games on the Barbie website, she can play some online games at several websites. But the controls on her personal page are very strict. And again, everyone in the family is sitting right there.
The 3 yr. old is usually sitting in my lap or my husbands if he is playing anything online, like at Fisher Price or Nick, or Disney. They have really fun games and I think it's okay because we are right there and they can't go anywhere we haven't pre-selected.
F.H. answers from Phoenix on March 22, 2010
I agree with Sherri. My kids are 10 and 7 and don't have a computer. Try to get him the "Leapster" or "Leap pad" sets. My kids love them and they are like computers and teach them in a fun way. Good luck.
T.F. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2010
I bought a V-tech laptop style for my daughter when she was 3. It was "just like daddy's" and she loved that computer.
She is 15 now....I still have it (1 of her favorite toys) and IT STILL WORKS...No joke.