A.T. asks from Denton, TX on November 16, 2008
Computer or Hand Held Educational Games
I am looking to purchase an educational computer game system for my sons (5 & 2.5). I have been looking at v-tech, leap frog, and wii. I hoping to find somethig that the whole family can use (wii?) but has a variety of educational games for my sons. I notice that both leap frog and v-tech have traditional video games, as well as writing, and reading games. I know nothing about wii. If anyone has any of these or has heard anything about them I would really appreciate your feedback.
I am also looking at hand held games (specifically leap frog and v-tech) since we do travel frequently.
T.F. answers from Dallas on November 16, 2008
We love the Wii for our family and I think your children would love some of the games. However, it is not portable and I am not so sure about "educational" games on Wii.
Our daughter is 13 and we play Wii as a family for fun. When dd was younger, she loved a v-tech laptop we gave her one year. We still have it and it still works!!
As for computer games, we went with the Jumpstart series from Toddler through 4th grade and she always loved that series.
A.M. answers from Dallas on November 18, 2008
My daughter got our 4 year old grandson leapster for his birthday. He is in the car alot and he loves playing it. The games are fun and educational. A.
C.R. answers from Dallas on November 17, 2008
We have a Wii and my 4 year old daughter struggles a bit with the required coordination for using it. It isn't really educational, but the games we let her attempt to play are fun, we help her with the controls and such.
I have many friends that have the Leapster for their kids and they love them. They are easy to play and the games are educational. Our daughter is gettinga Leapster for Christmas.
A. answers from Dallas on November 16, 2008
We totally love the leapster, and even prefer it to the v tech systems. But, there is no way to compare those types of things to getting a wii, they are two different things:) Given their ages right now, I think the leapster would be better for them, and maybe another year you could invest in a wii. Good luck ~A.~
R. answers from Dallas on November 16, 2008
I have 3 kids, 8,5,3 and we have a leapster, v-smile and v-tech and Wii. Leapster is the fav. in our household, they like the games better and it seems you can get them for young and old. However, the V-tech/V-smile games are interchangable so if you are wanting a game for them to play together, I would go with the V-tech. If you are wanting portable I would choose one of the others. We have a Wii but my younger two don't like playing at all-they have a hard time with the coordination but our 8yr. old DD, Hubby and I love it! If you have any other questions feel free to send me a message. HTH
K.S. answers from Dallas on November 17, 2008
I have had a Wii (it was stolen) and I have not seen educational games for it. I have purchased the Little Leaps (now discontinued) from leapfrog and my 3 year old and 18mo old love it. My only suggestion with V-tech and Leap Frog is be careful, they have a tendency to "switch" systems often and discontinue the products, we are experinecing this with 2 systems by leap frog (the little leaps and the little touch leap pad). If you keep an eye on the website you will know when it will be discontinued and be able to get the stuff cheaply. As technology gets better, companies will outdo each other and themselves leaving consumers no chouce but to upgrade and waste the money that has been spent. With the Wii and other big name game systems, you can at least recover some money by selling back games to Gamestop. I enjoyed the Wii with friends and my husband, but it was way to advanced for the kids, and not educational.