M.K. asks from Lombard, IL on September 28, 2008
Whiz Kid Pc by Vtech or Other Computer Games for 3 Year Olds.
I am looking into VTech and Leap Frog for my son who will be 3 in November.
I didn't find much in his age group from Leap Frog, but I did find The Whiz Kid PC by VTech. I don't want to spend the money on it if he is too young. I was wondering if anyone had this or something similar that they like for their kids.
I really don't want to buy something that has to hook up to the TV, the computer is fine.
Do you know of any good computer games for this age?
Thanks for your help.
J.A. answers from Rockford on September 29, 2008
We had really good luck with anything by VTech. They were kid friendly, and educational, and fun. I'd feel comfortable buying anything they made. Just go for things in the appropriate age group and you won't go wrong.
As far as computer programs for kids, yes, we've tried tons. My son LOVES computer games, and has since he was old enough to climb in my computer chair. We liked the Jump Start series, the Dr. Seuss Series, and Clifford the Big Red Dog (really good for reading!). Another thing he liked was Freddie the Fish. (That was a game, but had educational elements, and his preschool teacher let him play on her computer. I had to buy it for him after that, he enjoyed it so much.)
I would steer away from "hot and latest thing" kinds of programs. They are a lot more expensive, and weren't as interesting. Never felt they were worth the extra bucks, and my son was only interested in them for a flash, and then it faded to nothing. Look for the stuff that's been around for a while. Ask your son's preschool, too, if they recommend anything. Some preschools have computers, and will share what interests the kids.
T.W. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2008
I have a three year old, and he just Loves his Leapster! It will grow with him too!
B.W. answers from Chicago on October 28, 2008
Hey MomK ~
Check out your local library - some have the units that you can use there - or you can 'rent' them out for a week at a time. ELGIN has A GREAT library and computer rental program!! It is a drive - but we make a full 'field trip' out of it, with a picnic and everything and spend the whole day!! Well worth it esp. with cold weather setting in. GOOD LUCK.
G.A. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2008
We bought our first daughter a Leapster the Christmas after she turned 3. She LOVED it! It was great, fun but mostly educational and all the games are age appropriate (Prek-K, 1st-2nd grade) you advance the level as they get older. I believe it taught her how to spell, one day she started sounding out small words (and sad to say I didn't teach them to her) the games Letter Factory and Word Factory goes over phonics and she learned it from there. She is now 7 and it has since gone to our 4 year old but she occasionally will pick it up and play some games. Great for long car rides too! If you get it I also suggest buying the charger adapter so you save on batteries!
K.K. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2008
last christmas when my oldest son was 4, we gave him the leapster. he loved it! hours of entertainment! we chose not to get one intially for my younger son at the time 3, because i thought he was probably to young for it. however the day after christmas we had to go and purchase another leapster because he loved playing it so much! and he actually was/is pretty good at it! so for us at 3 he was ready for a leapster. they still play it almost everyday!
C.D. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2008
We bought the Vtech V smile system when my son turned 3 and he loved it. He learned so much from those "games". They really are excellent for preschoolers. They teach all of the things they need to know, but in fun ways. He is now 5 and we bought him the cyber pocket system for him to play while we are out. He still loves playing the Vtech, but we have had to move to the 5-7 year old games and they are challenging for him. I need to help him at times because they are learning to read ones and they really aren't meant to teach you to read. It's only meant to supplement. So, I loved the preschool ones and feel it is totally worth the money. The older ones, the jury is still out.
S.M. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2008
The "Jump Start" CD-Rom series is excellent!
M.M. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2008
You may want to try some things out at the store with him to see what he will actually like---and you can get your moneys worth. My children have picked so many things up and dropped them so quick. Really, I would be very cautious about any video game, even if it involves learning at this age. Learning by interacting with others and support from you, social interaction and imaginative play is very important at this age. Advice from a former Montessori School Director and mother of 6. Best of luck.