by Tésa | 2 Wired 2 Tired blog
When Kora & Logan were little we didn’t have any tablets. Dave would let them play on his smartphone every now and then and it was amazing how quickly they picked up how to use it. At that time there weren’t many apps for kids either but I remember thinking how fun it would be if there were tablets geared specifically to toddlers and preschoolers. That’s why I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the School Zone Little Scholar Tablet and to offer one as a giveaway as well.
School Zone, a leading educational kids publisher, has jam packed the Little Scholar Tablet with 150+ apps for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders.
As you can see it’s colorful, eye-catching, and fun. It’s also very animated and interactive as well. As soon as the tablet arrived and it was all charged up I started playing around with it. I was amazed at all of the fantastic educational fun packed into it. I found myself wishing that it had been available when Kora & Logan were little. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring everything Little Scholar has to offer and I feel very confident in saying that this is one of the best tablets for little ones that we have ever reviewed. It teaches reading, spelling, shapes, colors, counting, math, science, time, money, geography and more and makes it all fun.
Here’s a video overview I made to show you many of its features:
I love how animated, interactive, and fun School Zone has made this tablet. It captures and hold children’s attention and is even sure to get them laughing at times. It is very encouraging whether their answer is right or wrong. In fact, I love the little characters that party their way across the screen in the Colors, Shapes, and More app for preschoolers.
Here’s a happy little helicopter that flew through when Logan put the correct color egg in the basket.
And this dancing bear had Kora smiling when she put the right number of candles on the birthday cake.
There are many great apps in the Little Scholar tablet and here is a look at some of the preschool apps that stand out.
As mentioned above and shown in the video, the Colors, Shapes, & More app has lots of ways to play and learn. It’s a fun app where kid are asked to put the right number of candles on a cake, put the right color egg in a nest, put the correct number of bugs on the tree limb, put the wide crown on the queen’s head, select 7 bugs, and more. There is so much to do within this one app it will keep little ones busy for ages and they won’t even realize they are learning!
There are also a number of book apps throughout the grades that can be adjust for reading levels. I liked the books at the preschool age because they can be set to read the story to the child, only read the word when it is touched, or for the child to read alone. They are fun stories with themes young children can relate to and many have animated effects.
There are many more wonderful apps in the preschool category, be sure to check out the video above to see them in action.
Here’s a look at the apps that stand out in the Kindergarten category.
Napoleon Bone Apart is a fun app that teaches children the names of the bones in the skeletal system. It’s a fun app featuring a happy skeleton with a row of various bones at the bottom of the screen. Select one and you can hear its name, then drag it where you think it goes and when you are close the correct area will light up letting you know you are on the right track. Drag it into place and you’ll hear the name of the bone again. Even at 7 & 8 Kora and Logan love this app. It’s a great educational tool and makes learning all those tricky names easy and fun.
Square-Off is a fun game based on the classic where you take turns drawing a line between two dots and try to make a square in your color. This is a game that many kids love and I like that they incorporated both the one and two player options. It can be a game of strategy and will really get kids’ minds going all the while they are having fun.
Telling Time Flash Cards is a fantastic app that helps little ones learn to tell time. When you open the app if you select “Time” you will scroll through various clocks like a cuckoo clock, a cat with a moving tail, etc. It asks, “What Time Is It?” and you tap the card to hear the time and see a digital version of it. While this is helpful and I can see kids learning from the flashcards what I really love is hitting “Game” when you open the app. You select easy or hard and then you see an animated cuckoo clock. The hands spin wildly and when they stop you are given a digital time. You are challenged to move the hands on the clock to show the matching time. When you get it right a fun surprise pops out of the cuckoo clock. It’s too cute and a wonderful way to keep kids entertained while learning to tell time.
Here’s a look a the apps in the 1st grade category that stand out.
State of Confusion is a wonderful app that makes it fun to learn facts about the U.S. states, as well as trivia, and their location on the map. When you open the app you can click on a state and it will tell you its capitol, show you a picture of its flag, tell you its nickname, give you a fact about the state, and tell you about the state bird. You can also select Puzzle and you are shown a white map of the U.S. with the state lines drawn in. There is a colorful row of individual states below the map and you can select one and drag it onto the map to put it in position. Once it snaps into place you learn the state name. You can also click Quiz and be asked questions about the state nicknames, capitols, abbreviations, flags, and more. This is a fantastic and fun way for kids to learn United States geography and even Kora & Logan have learned a lot from this app. This is one of my favorites on the tablet and I’m happy to let the kids play it whenever they like, in fact I can’t believe all they’ve picked up already.
Another app that I really like in the first grade category is Time, Money, & Fractions. As you enter each page the instructions are read to you and if you need it read again just touch the sentence. It keeps track of all of your answers with the green horseshoes for correct answers and red horseshoes for incorrect answers. You can always go back and try the ones you got wrong again. I like this app because it does a great job of teaching kids how to count money, work with fractions, and more. It’s very interactive, encouraging and fun. Here’s a look at the coin counting screen. As you can see it has a lot of steps and requires quite a bit of thought which really challenges kids but is all lots of fun at the same time. Once you get a certain number of pages right you’ll get to play a fun little pinball type game. It’s a great app that will really help kids with time, money, and fractions.
These are just a few of the apps on the tablet. Check out the video above to see them and more in action and to see the in-depth Report Card that keeps parents informed of what their kiddos are learning. With more than 150+ apps I wasn’t able to cover them all in this post but every one we’ve tried does an impressive job of making learning fun. Many subjects and areas are covered and there are many features for every child on this tablet.
I highly recommend the School Zone Little Scholar Tablet to anyone with a preschooler, kindergartner, and/or first grader in their lives. It is one of the best tablet for kids that we have reviewed and it has me wishing that it was available when Kora & Logan were little. It’s priced at $169 on a back-to-school discount at Toys r’ Us right now and that’s a great price for all of the content, education, and learning fun packed into this tablet. It’s one that will be used often through the years and it grows with your child making it a worthwhile investment.
That’s why I’m excited to offer the giveaway below.
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