November 24, 2009,
S.B. asks from Bristol, WI on November 23, 2009
What Kind of Computer Would You Recommend for a 5-6 Year Old?
My daughter is five and a half and I would like to give her a child-oriented lap top - can people offer their recommendations? She loves fairies, princesses but also loves the 1-2 computer games we have on my computer. I would like something that offers educational games that meet her interests. Thanks!
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B.F. answers from Chicago on November 24, 2009
I strongly recommend games for your computer. Having their own laptop is silly - when here they are learning on the regular computers in school. So many free games are available on the internet. PlayhouseDisney.com offers a lot of educational games - ClubPenguin is more of an interactive game, but the kids LOVE it - there is a lot out there in the stores as well. The little laptop types get expensive & are limited to whatever software the manufacturer provides for them. Your computer has endless opportunities! If she likes princess & fairy things - try the Tinkerbell website too!
L.B. answers from Chicago on November 24, 2009
I am looking at this one for my 10 yr. old son. It has a spill proof keyboard, and is pretty reasonably priced also with good reviews.
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J.S. answers from Champaign on November 24, 2009
I would highly recommend getting a regular computer. You don't have to get anything fancy and it will be more useful for her in the long run. When we find games/sites that we like we add them to the favorites or create a shortcut on the desktop. We have a password protected "admin" account for my husband and I and an account w/out password for my daughters (2 and 4). The account for my children does not allow downloads so it is less likely for them to "goof up" the computer. My 4 year old has been learning quite a bit about the computer. Since we don't allow downloads or explicit content on her account (and she's unlikely to hit the chat rooms), I feel comfortable allowing her time to play around with the computer w/out me hovering. She learned how to change her desktop settings (wallpaper, login icon, etc.) just by poking around on her own.
C.M. answers from Chicago on November 24, 2009
We bought the Barbie Laptop for my 4 year old years ago, and my kids 9 & 10 still get it out from time to time. There are lots of learning games on it. Check out anything by Leapfrog, as well.
When my daughter was in Kindergarten I bought her the leapster (more like a video game than a laptop) and a few of those cartridges and she played with that until she got a nintendo ds in 3rd grade.