This post brought to you by VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet.  The VTech product, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech. All opinions are my own.

Summer vacation is almost here! For some kids, it’s already started. Between Hurricane Sandy and the snow days, though, our last day got pushed back a bit. While we’re really excited about summertime fun, I always worry about how to keep Jacob both entertained and educated throughout the months he’s not in school. So many kids lose a lot of the knowledge they learned during the school year while they’re playing all summer long. Jacob is a big fan of the computer and electronics, so I’m always looking for ways to incorporate learning experiences into those passions. Of course, I limit his screen time so he’s not plugged in all day, but when he is attached to a device, I want it to provide learning opportunities as well as fun.

VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet: Fun and Educational

InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App TabletThe Vtech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet fits into both the fun and educational categories, filling both needs at once. It is one of the first learning tablets for kids with Wi-Fi. One of the really cool things about this is that kids can easily explore the Learning Lodge (more on that soon!) and create an app wish list.  When they’re done with the list, it’s automatically sent to your email address.

Fun Play Right Away

The  VTech InnoTab 2S comes with a Play & Create cartridge loaded with an e-book, game and Color & Pop activity. It also comes with two free downloads from the Learning Lodge Navigator. That, along with the fun camera and video recorder, are enough to get your kid started on exploring. The video camera alone was enough to keep Jacob occupied for a while!

Speaking of the camera, I was pretty surprised at the quality of the pictures that it took! It’s a 1.3 MP, but they come out really good. This is Jacob taking a picture of himself.

Picture with Innotab

The camera is on top of the tablet, and it swings around so it’s either facing front or back (or up, if your child chooses!). Most of the videos Jacob took were in the dark. He has no concept of good lighting! So they didn’t come out too great, but he doesn’t care. He just had fun shooting. I did do a video outside of him that looked pretty good. Don’t expect HD quality here.  The video camera is great for just having fun though! Use the built-in video player and photo viewer to look at your pictures, or attach the device to your computer with the included USB cord and download them for safe keeping.

The Learning Lodge Navigator and Apps

Learning Lodge

The Learning Lodge Navigator is where you go to find great new games and apps for your VTech InnoTab 2S. It’s also where you manage your account and keep up with your child’s progress. With over 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos designed specifically for children, you won’t have a hard time finding great educational and entertaining ways to use your VTech InnoTab 2S! There are games for just about every skill level from the toddler years up through grade school. It took Jacob less than a minute to find two apps that he wanted with his free downloads.

Learning Lodge 2

In the Cartridge Download section, you’ll find some of your kids favorite characters, such as Thomas & Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. If you are dealing with a tight budget, the Games section has tons of great apps for $2.99.

Prevent Summer Brain Drain with VTech InnoTab 2S

Check out that happy face! Jacob loves exploring on the VTech InnoTab 2S! Honestly, the only downside of the tablet is that it uses batteries pretty quickly. I suggest either investing in rechargeable batteries or picking up the VTech AC adaptor and Car adaptor to go with it.

VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet Specs

  • Store up to 4 user profiles + 1 guest
  • One-touch Help button means no searching for answers to common questions!
  • One touch camera access makes it easy for your child to snap photos on the fly
  • Protective rubber corners to help protect it from bumps
  • Parental setting – content lock
  • 400 Mhz Processor
  • 2GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with memory card slot (card not included)
  • 2 styluses with hole for string

In addition to those mentioned already,  preloaded Apps include:

  • MP3 player
  • “Face Race” motion sensor game
  • “Friends” photo address book
  • “Notes” notepad with onscreen keyboard
  • Clock with stopwatch
  • Calendar with stickers
  • Calculator

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