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Our family enjoys using technology as a tool in our lives. You’ll find my iPad in the kitchen as I follow a recipe for dinner, Dad’s smart phone helps him keep up to date for his work and my older girls enjoy using their own technological devices for enjoyment and learning. When I opened the Vtech Storio with my 4 year old son, his eyes lit up. “Is this for me? Like my own iPad?” he said. His body language in this picture says it all.
There is some negativity surrounding technology for kids but our entire family enjoys technology and we use it as a tool in balance with many other learning options. For example, my son loves books about the ocean, and we often look through the DK Splash book about ocean life together. So I downloaded the Storio Oceans of Wonder eBook and it enhanced his learning experience.
Some of the options I love about Storio
My three girls all love drawing. I often encourage my son to join them in this activity but he isn’t interested so I’ve been looking for other options to aid his fine motor skill development. One of the fun options on Storio is the art studio feature. I showed my son how to use it and then he easily recreated the picture using the stylus like a pen.
You can purchase story cartridges for the Storio, including Disney Toy Story 3, Disney Princess, Disney Cars, Disney Mickey Mouse and Scooby Doo. We have the Cars 2 story cartridge and my son loves it. However, you don’t need the cartridges to enjoy the Storio to its full capacity. You can download eBooks directly on to an SD card (all done online) without the need to purchase additional cartridges. I love this option because I can tailor the Storio to my son’s current interests and what we are learning around the home.
I believe literacy learning should be in everything we do! We talk about colours, letters, numbers and words as we cook, as we drive, as we shop and as we live life. The Storio will be a fantastic tool in addition to the other methods of learning we use. My son already recognises many of the words repeated in the Storio menus so I’m impressed with this wonderful start.
See it in action
Want to see the Storio in action? Here’s a quick video of how our family enjoyed using it in our home.
• At home
• Out and about
• On holidays
• Child can use independently and with parents and siblings.
VTech Storio is the first fully interactive, animated E-book reader for children. Storio brings reading to life!
Children from 3yrs+ can watch their favourite character story and read along, learning new words and spellings with the dictionary feature as well as developing story comprehension.
Children can also play word and number games and parents can use the online reading record and progress tracker to track their child’s development.
There’s even an SD card reader so you can upload photos and videos and an Art Studio feature that allows your child to learn to write and encourages creative play.
VTech Storio is available in all good toy stores now, and includes either a Disney Cars 2 or Dora the Explorer story cartridge. Additional story cartridges are available separately to add to your child’s learning library, including Disney Toy Story 3, Disney Princess, Disney Cars Toon, Disney Mickey Mouse and Scooby Doo.
Read more about the Storio features here: Vtech Storio Interactive E-Reading System
If you would like a Storio for your budding reading, I’m giving one away on the blog. It would make a wonderful Christmas present. To enter, leave a comment below.
1. Open from Monday 21 November to 28 November 2011 2. Australian residents only. 3. Winner will be notified by email. If no response is received withing 48 hours, the prize will be redrawn. 4. Nuffnang’s full Terms & Conditions.
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