Making Learning A Fun Experience For You And Your Child
Before you even start to think about your kid’s schooling, you need to remember that learning for a child begins at home. It begins right as they open their eyes and ears, listening to what everyone around them is saying and looking at the objects placed in front of them. Children are incredibly perceptive and eager to learn, their minds still in that moldable phase where they can assimilate and store more information than anyone in the world. We have gotten so used to it by now, but it should feel like nothing short of a miracle how a child is able to understand and speak a language in the first couple of years of its life without any formal training or courses.
As a parent, you will want to capitalize on this time and make it easier for your child by giving them the opportunity to learn quickly and while having fun. Learning and playing do not have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to toddlers. In fact, researches and studies have shown that very young learners tend to respond extremely positively when language learning is integrated with their playtime.
That is why you will find a ton of toys and children’s gadgets that are especially designed to enrich a child’s basic vocabulary by presenting them with visually appealing and stimulating content. While they may do nothing but stare, point, and press in the beginning, you will be surprised at how quickly they start to pick up on things all of a sudden. I know I was always left surprised when I was raising my own kids!
I purchased the Learning Friends 100 Words book for a good friend’s two year old son when I was invited to his birthday party. I bought it because I thought the toy looked pretty cool and seemed to be educational, so it would make a useful present for a growing child. When I brought it home, though, I took the time to look it over and found it to be much cooler than I initially thought it was (I may be hesitant to admit it, but I was quite amused throughout the 15 minutes that I took to test it out!).
This book is not just a book- it is a combination of a book and a gadget that interacts with the kid. It looks simple enough at first glance but actually uses touch technology to make for a toy that is honestly unlike any other I have seen so far. It was fascinating enough to grip my interest, so there is o doubt in my mind that reading through this book will be a fun experience for both the children and their guardians.
At the end of the day, children are inclined to play with toys that are bright, colorful, and loud, something that catches their eyes. The Learning Friends 100 Words book is just as fun to look at as it is educational. Available in fun colors like pink, green, yellow, and violet, the book is filled with characters and illustrations that will keep your child engaged while simultaneously facilitating their learning, integrating development with their playtime. Lovable characters like a baby turtle, tiger, and a monkey will help your child learn new words while having fun on every page of the book.
Thanks to the touch technology, you only need to lightly tap on the images on the page to signify which object you have chosen. When the child taps on one of the images, an audio will play immediately from the built in speakers in the book, introducing the child to the name of the object or thing along with fun sound effects and interesting facts.
Three Different Operational Modes
The Automatic mode means that when you open the book, it will read through the topics of the pages automatically. You can also point to specific objects to make the books speak their names and play the sound effects.
In the Manual mode, the book teaches you and your kid some basic facts or uses the object in a sentence, taking learning even beyond simple words. It is a great way to not only familiarize your kids with the various objects in the book, but also help them understand context from a young age.
In the Music mode, you can listen to fun sound effects when you press certain pictures, such as clapping when you tap on hands and music when you tap on the ears under the My Body section of the book. The book also comes with two super fun, prerecorded songs- the Learning Friends theme song and the My Favorite Word song. These educational songs can be played by pressing the blinking, light up Star button.
A control panel with a few toggles and buttons is located on the right hand side of the book to engage your child and allow you to shift between a few special features of the Learning Friends 100 Words book. You will also find the Volume button here.
But what is arguably the best feature on this interactive children's book plus gadget is that it can switch between two different languages. That's right- it is a bilingual learning device that will teach your child over a 100 words in both English and Spanish. Like mentioned before, the control panel has a little toggle using which you can make the switch as needed. Once you shift to Spanish mode, all the words, facts, and sentences will be spoken in Spanish. Thus, this is a great way to allow your child to have at least a basic grasp of both languages from a very young age.
All in all, the Learning Friends 100 Words book is a super cool toy for children between 1 year 6 months to 4 years of age that makes playtime educational and turns learning into something fun. With something different available on every page and needing only 2 AA batteries to operate, I’d say it is well worth it if you are the parent of a growing child.
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