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VTech Offers New Learning App Buddles for InnoTab Tablets

VTech InnoTab 3S_BlueVTech offers new Learning App Bundles for the award-winning InnoTab Learning Tablet range. Available on VTech’s app store, Learning Lodge, these bundles feature newly developed, educator-approved content packaged in age-appropriate groups.

Designed specifically around the unique learning needs of individual kids ages 2 to 5, the Learning App Bundles each include seven games and an e-book (except Amazing Animal Museum, which includes eight games). Each bundle features content focused on a variety of developmental skills, such as language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, and problem solving.

Other themes for Learning App Bundles include Puppet Party, Tiny Toy Town, Lost City, and Fantasy Kingdom. The bundles are available at www.vtechkids.com.

TIF Contributes More Than $300,000 in Toys to TODAY Show Gift Drive

toyindustryMore than 30,000 children in need nationwide will receive brand new toys and games this holiday season, thanks to generous toy companies that partnered with the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) to participate in the TODAY Show Holiday Gift Drive.

TIF appeared on the TODAY Show’s November 26 episode to celebrate the toy industry’s contribution to the gift drive, benefiting dozens of charities across the country. The companies pitched in to donate more than $300,000 worth of toys for families facing financial hardships and children who are sick, living in domestic violence shelters, residing on military bases, or otherwise in need.

The Foundation thanked the following companies: Cartamundi USA, Children of America Dolls, Creations By You, Do-a-Dot Art, Green Toys,
Griddly Games, International Arrivals, International Playthings, Little Pim, McNeill Designs, Orb Factory, Safari Ltd., Savvi, Schleich USA, Smart Gear, Smart Toys and Games, ThinkFun, Ukloo Kids, VTech, WowWee USA, and Wyla, Inc.

TIF has participated in the TODAY Show Gift Drive for the past four years, providing a total of 88,000 toys (valued at more than $900,000).

Little Pim Partners with VTech for Foreign Language Content

Little Pim has partnered with VTech on the Little Pim foreign language video series for preschoolers. The series will be available for the InnoTab Learning Tablet range starting December 1 in VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, which is home to educator-approved downloadable content and curriculum.

LittlePim1The Little Pim videos help kids learn 360 words and phrases in a second language. The videos will be offered in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and German.

Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method provides total immersion in the language. The method engages a child’s love of play watching real kids and animation. The program is the brainchild of Julia Pimsleur Levine, the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, creator of the Pimsleur Method, the popular language-learning program for adults. For more information on Little Pim, visit LittlePim.com.

Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair Returns in January 2014

HKTDCThe HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair will return next year from January 6 to 9 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The fair allows the industry to get a head start on strategies planning for the year ahead.

Last year’s show drew more than 39,000 buyers from 126 countries and regions. This year marks the 40th edition, and more than 1,900 exhibitors are expected to bring their latest collections on display, ready to meet their potential business partners. The fair will include group pavilions such as Chinese mainland, Indonesia, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and World of Toys Pavilion in the coming edition, further testifying to its internationality.

The fair highlight Brand Name Gallery is geared towards the needs of buyers seeking top-notch branded toys from quality names. Renowned brands include B, Beleduc, B Kids, CMC, Color Rich, Daniel & Co, Dragon, Ein-O-Science, Enesco, Hape, Intex, Moulin Roty, Plan Toys, Welly, Viking Toys, and VTech.

With the trend of combining traditional toys and modern smart devices plus app functions, a wide range of innovative toys and games is available for kids, teenagers, and adults in the new Smart-Tech Toys zone. Exhibitors include Calm Island Co. Ltd., Maksco Toy Ltd., and Roam & Wander Ltd. [Read more...]

VTech Launches Online Milestones Guide for Parents’ Reference

VTech has launched their educator-approved Milestones guide. Milestones is a resource to help parents select toys based on the individual needs of kids ages 0 to 9. Parents are able to determine which toys and games are appropriate at each age and developmental stage, so they can make better toy selections.

The Milestones online guide focuses on three key areas of development:

  • Language & Cognitive Development: Encourages language immersion as a key to kids’ cognitive and emotional growth
  • Physical & Motor Development: Highlights how kids exercise their gross and fine motor skills, honing the brain pathways for smooth, purposeful physical movements
  • Social & Emotional Development: Explores how kids develop relationships, learn to read other people’s emotions, and how to control their own

The milestones in these key areas help identify a kid’s particular stage of development and can help parents make informed decisions about which toys are appropriate.

 

VTech Forms New Panel of Education Experts

VTech-LogoVTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, has formed a new Panel of Experts to help support its continued commitment to developing innovative, educational toys. Together the panel has a lifetime of experience in areas such as reading, language arts, science, math, STEM education, childhood development, and childhood education allowing them to provide invaluable feedback on the development of all new product introductions.

In developing learning content for VTech’s app store, the Learning Lodge, VTech will apply the expertise of the panel as well as share their expertise on VTech’s Parent Resource Center to provide parents with trusted knowledge on topics and subjects including technology, motor skills, cognitive development, reading, math, and science.

VTech’s esteemed Panel of Experts include Dr. Helen Boehm, Dr. Lise Eliot, Dr. Francis Fennell, Dr. Carla C. Johnson, Dr. Eric Klopfer, and Dr. Deborah Sharp  Libby. To hear more from VTech’s Panel of Experts, including parenting tips and advice on how children learn through play, visit VTech’s Parent Resource Center.

VTech Unveils Kid Connect Communication App for Innotab 3S

VTech announced the availability of VTech Kid Connect for the InnoTab 3S. The communication app helps parents stay connected to their kids when apart.

Preschoolers as young as 3 years can send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones from the tablet and parents can send text messages and stickers back to their child’s InnoTab 3S. Also, kids can stay connected to their friends and siblings by exchanging messages between two InnoTab 3S tablets anywhere in the world.

Access to VTech Kid Connect is free for one-year with the purchase of an InnoTab 3S. The Premium Kid Connect app includes more features, allowing kids and parents to send each other voice messages, photos, and drawings.

InnoTab 3S is recommended for kids ages 3 to 9.

VTech Expands Its Switch & Go Dinos Line

Jagger for blogVTech has added to its evolving line of Switch & Go Dinos. The new toys combine two of kids’ classic playthings—dinosaurs and vehicles—with a transformation feature and motion-activated lights and sounds.

The new Switch & Go Dinos are suitable for kids ages 3 to 8, and available at www.vtechkids.com, amazon.com, target.com, toysrus.com, and walmart.com. Meanwhile, parents can visit VTech’s Facebook page for a chance to win a Switch & Go Dino.

Some of the newer dinosaurs include:

Jagger the T-Rex: Transforms from a construction vehicle with movable crane to a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a few simple steps. Jagger features voice recognition technology, a crane mode with 360-degree, rotatable, extending crane; a voice-activated launcher-fired drill bit; animated dinosaur eyes; and more.

Blister the Velociraptor: Transforms from a helicopter to a Velociraptor. The helicopter mode has a button-controlled spinning propeller, bright LED searchlight, and a launcher-fired rescue claw. In dinosaur mode, Blister emits realistic dinosaur sounds and phrases.

SkySlicer the Allosaurus: Transforms from a jet plane into a Allosaurus. The jet plane mode lets kids choose their pilot on a 1.5-inch LCD screen, and also makes realistic jet plane sound effects. Meanwhile, the dinosaur mode includes animated eyes and realistic dinosaur sounds.

VTech Unveils Go! Go! Smart Wheels

Smart Wheels Train-StationVTech has launched Go! Go! Smart Wheels, a new line of vehicles and play sets. Go! Go! Smart Wheels enhances a popular play pattern, vehicle play, while teaching important learning skills, encouraging interactivity, and providing an outlet for kids.

Each play set features SmartPoint locations recognized by Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles. As a vehicle rolls over a play set’s various SmartPoints, the car flashes and plays greetings, fun sounds, short tunes, and sing-along songs. The line features more than 20 different play sets, vehicles, and accessories, including a train station, a construction site, and an airport that can connect into an expansive toy world.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels is available at www.vtechkids.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Toysrus.com, and Walmart.com.

VTech Introduces InnoTab 3S

VTech InnoTab 3S_BlueVTech, introduces the InnoTab 3S for kids ages 3 to 9. The InnoTab 3S, the next generation of one of the first children’s learning tablets with Wi-Fi, features VTech Kid Connect—an exclusive communication app that allows kids to be connected with their parents and friends through both tablet-to-mobile and tablet-to-tablet communication, a rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter, and a kid-safe web browser. In addition, access to VTech’s Learning Lodge app store—home to a plethora of downloadable content and curriculum for purchase—and 20 free apps provides kids with a bright start on their learning journey. The InnoTab 3S is now available for pre-order on www.vtechkids.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Toysrus.com, and Walmart.com.

With VTech Kid Connect, kids can use their InnoTab 3S to send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones. In return, parents can send text messages and stickers to their child’s InnoTab 3S. VTech Kid Connect gives kids the ability to emulate their parents, allowing them to feel like they are part of the text messaging trend, but from a kid-safe, kid-friendly tablet. In addition, kids can stay connected to their friends and siblings with tablet-to-tablet communication, sending messages safely between two InnoTab 3S tablets from the next room or from across the country. A value-packed Deluxe Apps Package with Premium Kid Connect will be available in the fall (sold separately), including more enhanced features, allowing kids and parents to send each other personalized voice messages, photos, and drawings, in addition to texts and animated stickers. [Read more...]