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Beat Summer Brain Drain With A Fun Tablet Just For Kids

VTech InnoTab 2S Review
It feels like summer has just barely began and already it’s flying by. With a trips to Florida, Maine, our family cabin and days at the beach filling up the calendar it won’t be long until our school year routine is quickly disrupted.  Even though Maddilyn doesn’t start preschool until September we have worked hard (and had a lot of fun in the process) to get her ahead of the game. Each day is filled with fun crafts, coloring, shapes, colors, numbers and other basic skills. I would hate for all of that to be lost over a busy summer, otherwise known as Summer Brain Drain.

It happens when kids are away from a structured learning environment. School aged kids can lose months of knowledge they spent the year gaining simply because they aren’t exercising their brains regularly.  According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer break.

Now I know what you may be thinking. It’s called summer BREAK. And you’re completely right. Which is why I’m not suggesting making our students sit down and practice their times tables every day, or spend 30 minutes a day rereading their history books. There are many things parents can do to help keep children’s minds active during the summer months. Take a hike through nature and talk about photosynthesis along the way. Head over to a local tide pool to see what organisms can be food, take a trip to the zoo and talk about the animals! Kids also respond really well to learning through fun games. Which is why I highly recommend the children’s InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet.

VTech InnoTab 2S Selfie

Maddilyn’s first “selfie” taken with the InnoTab 2S

It’s a tablet just for kids and you can tell by the way it’s built. It’s durable and Im not afraid of Maddilyn dropping it. It’s also packed with features that make it “just like mommies tablet!” It has a 180° rotating camera, perfect for all the selfies she takes! It also has a video recorder, tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, and microphone.

The InnoTab wirelessly connects to VTech’s comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge, where we can look through more than 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos. The library  includes subjects like reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, problem solving and more. While Maddilyn is a bit young, older kids can create a wish list and send it to their parents’ e-mail.

VTech InnoTab 2S Cartridges

I even found games for kids as young as three like Disney Pixars Toy Story made for 3 to 6 year olds. Toy Story contains and e-book, 3 fun learning games and other activities. Just by playing with her favorite Toy Story characters Maddilyn is learning Rhyming, Beginning Letters, Patterns and Creative Thinking. There are games for older kids too like Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. This game for 4 – 7 year olds also features an e-book, 3 learning games and creative activities but it focuses on reading, problem solving, vocabulary and creative thinking.

For the most part getting to know the InnoTab 2S was an easy experience. Because Maddilyn was used to my tablet we sat down together to play until she got the hang of it.  Be prepared to do the same if your child has never used a tablet or is accustomed to something else. Otherwise we had only fun experiences playing with the InnoTab; from coloring daddy pictures to reading our bedtime stories on it. But, during the VTech InnoTab 2S Review I learned that Maddilyn just has FUN with it and that’s what makes it an easy referral to friends.

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Ashley

Ashley spends her days avoiding run-ons as she turns words from yellow to chartreuse and wearing out the M & N keys writing about Travel, DIY, and Tech. She hopes to inspire the masses to travel and LIVE happily one InstaTweetPin at a time.

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144 Comments

  1. littlepinkdog
    June 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    Hey Ashley, I just noticed that you can get an innotab 2 for £36.12 including delivery at Debenhams at the moment, seems an amazing price not sure how long it will last tho… http://www.smartpound.com/story.php?title=vtech-innotab-2-kids-tablet-%C2%A336-12-delivered-debenhams

  2. Heather Manu
    June 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    We take trips to the library

  3. kristy
    June 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    We try to do lots of outside activities to keep boredom at bay

  4. Gianna
    June 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm — Reply

    Lots of fun books.

  5. Monique Rizzo
    June 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    We go on field trips.Thanks for the chance.
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  6. June 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    We get out & active, read a lot and do library activities as well as family game nights.

  7. Harold
    June 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    We go to the library a lot.

  8. Deb S
    June 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    We do lots of fun math problems and read.

  9. Christian Alejandro
    June 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    we like to play lots of board games together.

  10. krystal wethington
    June 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm — Reply

    do flash cards and we read.

  11. Jennifer
    June 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    Staying active.

  12. dawnmarie s
    June 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    pretty cool

  13. Teresa Thompson
    June 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    We go on nature hikes, see movies and read daily.

  14. Julieh
    June 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    We go to the library and children’s museum

  15. s riches
    June 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    We go to the library quite often during the summer.

  16. Brenda Elsner
    June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    We do a lot of reading and play educational games.

  17. Ed Nemmers
    June 20, 2013 at 11:56 am — Reply

    We do word puzzles, especially crosswords!

  18. david cosgrove
    June 20, 2013 at 11:11 am — Reply

    we make up songs and sing them together.

  19. JoAnn F.
    June 20, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

    We read alot during the summer especially during rainy days.
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  20. Teresa Crosswhite
    June 20, 2013 at 5:11 am — Reply

    My grandson loves too be read too.

  21. June 20, 2013 at 4:39 am — Reply

    I always join the library’s summer reading program. You get a prize for reading 5 books. For every 5 books read, you get an entry in a drawing for a big prize.

  22. Richard Hicks
    June 20, 2013 at 3:41 am — Reply

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  23. Jenny
    June 20, 2013 at 3:36 am — Reply

    We join the library summer reading program, and go to all of the great summer activities they have. I also try to go on a couple of education field trips (museums, aquarium)

  24. June 20, 2013 at 1:18 am — Reply

    We read together

  25. Donna kellogg
    June 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    We read and play memory games

  26. Sabrina Eugene
    June 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    My family spends sometime outside like go to the park of beach.

  27. Myrna
    June 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm — Reply

    My family reads a lot.

  28. katie klein
    June 19, 2013 at 7:45 am — Reply

    We love spening as much time exploring outdoors as possible.

  29. sarah
    June 19, 2013 at 6:15 am — Reply

    The big kids go to educational camps.

  30. Gennie Lancaster
    June 19, 2013 at 6:12 am — Reply

    We find free events going on around town and we have an awesome library that we go to everyday!

  31. sandra
    June 19, 2013 at 6:09 am — Reply

    i like to get the summer cridge activity books

  32. Betty League
    June 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    My family combat Summer Brain Drain by going to the beach or lake and swimming or playing in the sand. Then we go on a nature hike to find shells or see what local creatures are out and about. thank you

  33. Carol
    June 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    We like to go to the lake fishing.

  34. Sara Estep
    June 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    We read lots of books.

  35. Jessica Rose
    June 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    We love to play Scrabble! Keeps us thinking! =P

  36. DEBIJOT
    June 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    We read a lot and take summer road trips

  37. Erin Mayo
    June 18, 2013 at 10:51 am — Reply

    I always buy an age appropriate work book they have to work on a few times a week!

  38. June 18, 2013 at 10:49 am — Reply

    I keep my kids reading throughout the summer. We have a bookshelf stuffed full of kids books and I require them to read one book every two weeks. They especially love reading to their younger sister.

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  39. krysta
    June 18, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

    By trying to do as much as we can OUTSIDE instead of sitting in front of the tv all day

  40. Jennifer
    June 18, 2013 at 7:03 am — Reply

    my kids join the reading club at the library every summer!

  41. June 18, 2013 at 6:00 am — Reply

    We participate in our library’s summer reading program.

  42. Richard Hicks
    June 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    WE GO TO PUBLIC LIBRARY EVERY WEEK OR TWO

  43. Kelly H.
    June 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm — Reply

    We go to the library!

  44. Veronica L.
    June 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    We try to mix it up a lot with going out to the library, the park, etc.

  45. June 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    PBS, documentaries

  46. June 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    We go out to museums and to the zoo to learn.

  47. Jen
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am — Reply

    we play board games and math games, we also go to the museum sometimes when it rains.

  48. Robert Hauptman
    June 17, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Zoo in the morning and swimming in the afternoon!

  49. darla
    June 17, 2013 at 6:01 am — Reply

    I believe that play is also important. So we play.

  50. Rochel S
    June 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    We love going to the library to take out new books to read!

  51. Emily N
    June 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    We go to the local library programs.

  52. latanya
    June 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    go outside or to the park

  53. June 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    We go to the library, parks, camping, movies and swimming.

  54. Joe Burba
    June 16, 2013 at 8:56 am — Reply

    stay active

  55. Adrienne gordon
    June 16, 2013 at 8:07 am — Reply

    we do a summer reading program

  56. Denise M
    June 16, 2013 at 7:39 am — Reply

    lots of reading and museum visits

  57. June 16, 2013 at 7:23 am — Reply

    We like to read and play different educational games and puzzles :)
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  58. Mary Casper
    June 16, 2013 at 5:55 am — Reply

    by going to the library weekly

  59. Carla C
    June 16, 2013 at 12:36 am — Reply

    Go to the park and have family picnics

  60. Rebecca Graham
    June 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    We go to the library and check out books for the summer.

  61. April Brenay
    June 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    we do weekly field trips somewhere to learn something. We loved going to a cheese factory!

  62. Cassandra Eastman
    June 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm — Reply

    We get outside and swim, go to the zoo, or the park!

  63. Barbara Montag
    June 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    We like to turn on the Wii and have fun with Just Dance – thank you.

  64. Linda G.
    June 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    we go to the library and join in their summer reading program

  65. Christine
    June 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    We go to the local park and the beach.
    Thanks for the chance!

  66. June 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    We play educational games and read stories together

  67. June 15, 2013 at 10:30 am — Reply

    We take weekly trips to our library and get some new books out! We love to read stories! We also love to take little nature walks and see what we can see!

  68. amy pugmire
    June 15, 2013 at 8:41 am — Reply

    we love to go to the aquarium and the zoo

  69. Thomas Murphy
    June 15, 2013 at 8:30 am — Reply

    we play chess

  70. Jessica To
    June 15, 2013 at 7:31 am — Reply

    We go to the library!

  71. June 15, 2013 at 5:30 am — Reply

    board games

  72. June 15, 2013 at 2:58 am — Reply

    we try to stay busy with crafts and swimming.

  73. June 15, 2013 at 12:13 am — Reply

    We combat summer brain drain by doing a lot of reading, and we also participate in several reading reward programs.

  74. Brandon Dithrich
    June 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm — Reply

    Go on vacation or swim alot!

  75. Dwayne Berry
    June 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    We swim a lot.

  76. Daniel M
    June 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    always try new things!

  77. Melissa Nagy
    June 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm — Reply

    We go to the library and read a lot and go to the childrens museum.

  78. June 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    We read a lot and stay active with sports, VBS, educational games, etc.

  79. Ann Fantom
    June 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm — Reply

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  80. Ann Fantom
    June 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    I help prevent summer brain drain in my daughter by giving her math workbooks to help keep her math skills sharp.

  81. June 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    When it’s really hot, inside either doing puzzles or reading

  82. Jessica P.
    June 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    We play games and go swimming when its nice out.

  83. shanna
    June 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    Summer workbooks !!! My son loves it !!!

  84. June 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    we do a little learning each day.

  85. June 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    I keep them entertained by going to the library, going for nature walks, playing video games, and going to local events. :)

  86. Nicole Newby
    June 14, 2013 at 5:42 am — Reply

    A lot of outdoor activities/family time and a lot of learning!

  87. Kimberly Schotz
    June 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    Lost of trips to the library

  88. June 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm — Reply

    Reading and playing a lot of board games.

  89. bethelderton
    June 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    We like to keep busy. Things like zoos and museums and beaches and rivers are wonderful learning experiences.

  90. Nan Bixby
    June 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Games and physical activities

  91. Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    June 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    We go to the library once a week during the Summer!

  92. Melanie Montgomery
    June 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    We participate in summer activites at the library.

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