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.


144 thoughts on “Beat Summer Brain Drain With A Fun Tablet Just For Kids”

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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

  4. 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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  5. 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!

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

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

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

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


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