My kids love to play apps on our iPad. I don’t mind letting them play educational apps but I also don’t like to keep shelling out money for new apps. The iPad was expensive in itself and I bought it to use for myself. The last thing I really want to do is load up my iPad with kids' apps or shell out money every week for different educational apps to fit the learning needs of each of my four kids. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that a leader in educational products for kids, School Zone, had released a new tablet that comes LOADED with around $400 in apps already installed, for free! I knew that was exactly what we needed.
The School Zone Little Scholar® tablet is geared towards kids ages 3-7 and has curriculum for preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade on it. This is perfect for my own children who are exactly those age groups.
The real test would be if my kids liked it or not. I knew how attached they were to the iPad and I was hopeful that they would gladly replace it with the Little Scholar.
I was impressed with how many games came loaded on the tablet and I hoped they would be excited about the selection as well.
I first tested it out with Carson, my 3 year old, while his big brother and sister were at school. He was SO excited to get to play it and couldn’t wait to choose a game. He bounced around from game to game, happily playing for 30 minutes. For a 3 year old, that is a long attention span. He liked the Little Scholar and was able to play the preschool level games without frustration.
Next up to try out the new tablet was Aiden, my 4 year old who currently attends preschool twice a week. He was excited to try it out and I was thrilled that he liked it better than the iPad! Finally I could reclaim my iPad. He bounced between Preschool and Kindergarten curriculum, finding games that fit his level. He loved the selection of apps to choose from. As a reward I let him play it each night before bed if he has behaved well that day. He loves it! It’s been a great learning tool and a great reward for good behavior as well.
Danika, my 6 year old, was the final child to test it out. She is in 1st grade and loved the 1st grade curriculum on the Little Scholar tablet. She found it challenging and at her level. I asked the kids which they liked better, my iPad or the Little Scholar tablet? The unanimous decision was that the Little Scholar was their favorite. I have to admit I was floored that they liked the Little Scholar better. I was hoping they would but I honestly didn’t think that it would beat “Mom’s iPad”. Well, I stand corrected.
They love the Little Scholar! I do too because I don’t have to buy any additional apps and it is a one time cost that will grow with your kids’ education levels and cater to kids ages 3-7. It fits all three of my kids age level and ability levels. I’m very impressed with it.
Little Scholar provides its users with lessons based on all of the “core curriculum” subjects for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders, including math, reading, spelling, logic, creativity, and geography. Parents can even use an App management tool to choose the apps, music, and e-books that are active on Little Scholar, so they can tailor the content to fit the learning needs of their children. Little Scholar was made for kids 3-7 and features an 8-inch screen and runs a Google Android™ 4.2.2 operating system.
You can buy the Little Scholar tablet at Toys R Us for $149.99. In my opinion this is a great price point for a tablet AND it comes with around $400 in free apps so it’s an excellent value!