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Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Spy Adventure and Pixar Play for VTech’s Innotab (a review)

It’s easy to add more hours of fun to your child’s Innotab with Learning Cartridges from VTech.  These can make great little holiday extras for under the tree or tucked into a stocking.  We recently had the opportunity to try out and review two new cartridges, and 5-year-old Emma loves them!

Review of I Spy Adventure and Pixar Play for Innotab 3S at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Review VTech I Spy Adventure Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

I Spy Adventure

ages 4-7

MSRP:  $24.99

Available from VTech, Amazon, and other retailers

Based on the popular I Spy books from Scholastic, I Spy Adventure will have your child practicing early reading skills, matching, sorting, and problem-solving with 50 levels of game play that become progressively harder as each level is mastered.

Emma loves the bright, photo-realistic pictures and the sense of accomplishment she feels while playing these games. 

Review VTech I Spy Adventure Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Review VTech I Spy Adventure Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsThese activities encourage abstract thinking and are great for visual spatial kids.  Emma is one of those kids who loves (loves) to play with math manipulatives, to build and discover patterns, and so on…we constantly have attribute blocks and other little bits and pieces under foot from her experiments.  I Spy Adventure allows her to play with some of these ideas in a way that doesn’t make a mess and is highly portable (for those moments when she’s waiting for her sister’s ballet class to finish, for instance).  This one’s a keeper and because it increases in difficulty, it will grow with her.

 

Review Pixar Play Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Pixar Play

ages 4-7

MSRP:  $24.99

Available from VTech, Amazon, and other retailers

Disney’s Pixar Play features characters from 4 of our favorite Pixar films:  Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc., Toy Story, and The Incredibles.

The games all have an easy and a difficult level, making it easy for kids of different ages to enjoy.  Emma’s favorite (so far) is a simple Finding Nemo platformer where you have to navigate the perils of the ocean, while collecting bubbles and friends.

Review Pixar Play Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Her second favorite is the “photo studio,” where you can take pictures of yourself or your friends with your favorite Pixar characters (or masquerading as them).

Review Pixar Play Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsEmma as Violet, from the Incredibles

Review Pixar Play Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

and as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

Review Pixar Play Innotab at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

and in Violet’s energy globe

The only downside we’ve had with the Pixar Play cartridge is that it doesn’t automatically read all the options to you---for instance, when choose one of the movie titles, it will take you to a screen where you can choose a game, but the games are only identified with buttons that have writing on them.  When you click on it, it tells you the name, but only after you have selected.  It would be nice if there were picture buttons for the games to help out kids who are not reading independently yet.

Both the I Spy Adventure and Pixar Play Learning Cartridges have added substantial play value to our Innotab 3S and either would make a great holiday gift for the VTech loving kid in your life.  They are compatible with all current Innotab learning tablets, as well as the new Innotab Max, and are available from VTech, Amazon, and local retailers.

Disclosure:  I received these two learning cartridges for free from VTech to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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