For the last month, we’ve had the VINCI Tab II 7″ Touch Screen Learning Tablet (WIFI)– a tablet just for kids – in our home. Its become my 4-year-old son’s favorite electronic toy to play with and has been a lifesaver in the waiting room at piano lessons, ballet lessons, chello lessons, gymnastics lessons (Its hard to be the youngest boy!)
The VINCI Tab II is a 7″ touch screen tablet, running Android, that is surrounded by a protective soft handle. The handle is a great idea – should provide better grip for kids and protection against drops. My son had a little trouble at first, since he was used to a different system, but has picked up on the differences quickly and now navigates the system quite easily.
Although child-safe hardware is important, the key to this product is software, namely the VINCI Curriculum, a step-by-step learning structure comprised of 43 learning subjects and 3 levels of assessment, and covers all 6 aspects of a child’s developing mind: Thinking Skills; Emotional & Social Skills; Language and Literacy; Math & Logical Reasoning; General Knowledge; and Science. This software, which only runs on the Vinci Tab, is designed to use engaging games to provide incremental and interactive learning for children age 18 months through 9 years old.
We’ve been really working with my son on his numbers, letters and colors, so the VINCI Curriculum has been wonderful. Its so hard to tell from the App Store exactly how educational a game is going to be. With this system, I know he is going to be learning great stuff every time! He loves “How Many Pins?” “Bugs” and “American Southeast” best. I really can see that he is learning things that are helping him in school. His letters have been vastly improving and I am positive that VINCI is contributing to that!
As a treat, after he is done with his eductaional games, he can play games like Cut the Rope and Where’s My Water? on the VINCI – just purchase them in the Android App store. Basically, the software is first class – as a preschool teacher, I would have loved to have these in my classroom for the kids to play on. Really great teaching tool and dead on developmentally. If you can tolerate a few crashes, the tablet will be used for years after the child outgrows the software. So for the price, its great.
disclosure: i received this tablet to facilitate this post. as always, all opinions are my own.