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OK…this is big…sit down, you are going to want to breathe through this one…did Good and Crazy send you?  Well either way, I’m glad you are here!!

Holiday Shopping!! Is it really that time of year?  WOW…..I can hardly believe it.  I have so much shopping to do with 3 kids.  It never ends.  I’m looking for all the help I can get, HOW ‘BOUT YOU?

On Tuesday December 8, Bill Me Later is hosting some of the hottest deals on the web…so big it’s got a name!!  Toy Tuesday.  They include deals from leading retailers including Toys “R” Us, FAO Schwarz, eToys, Walmart.com, Overstock, HP, and more!

Bill Me Later is a quick, easy way to shop without using your credit card.  To use Bill Me Later, simply choose Bill Me Later as your payment method at checkout at the merchant’s website, answer a few quick questions, accept the terms and you’re done. Approval only takes a few seconds. Then you’ll receive a bill in the mail (or online if you prefer)

I’ve got older kids, and the toys don’t go away…they just get fancier.  Most of their wants (I’m not calling them needs) revolve around electronicsWalmart.com is the perfect one stop shop for us.

What’s on our list for this year?  iPods are number 1.  The kids want to upgrade.  And with deals on Walmart.com this is more affordable than before.

The girls are thinking pink.

I love this i-Dog, speakers for the iPod.  Cute and Sassy wants a puppy for Christmas…think this is good enough?

Of course video games are always huge at our house and the PSPgo is the new portable system this year.  It plays games as well as downloaded movies and TV.  These devices get fancier all the time.

Have little ones? How cute is this LeapFrog Text and Learn?

CAN THIS BE MY NEW BLACKBERRY? …so cute…my kids would have been all over this when they were younger.

So your kids are growing up?  What is the best age to start buying your kids upscale electronics? And do you think it’s a function of their maturity? …maybe you have one child they’d be great for and another that you don’t know when they will EVER be ready…I get that!!

Oh and wait, I have the fun part coming up…want to win some spending money for the Holidays?????

I thought so!

I am one of 12 participating bloggers in the Toy Tuesday Campaign.  See the list on the Toy Tuesday site! Bill Me Later has given me the opportunity to give a

$250 Gift Card to Step2 to one of my readers!!

Wait. It. Gets. Better.

The winner will also be choosing a charity (from the list approved) to receive a $500 gift card to one of the Toy Tuesday retailers! It’s the season of giving and YOU GET TO GIVE TOO!!

********************HOW TO WIN?????*******************

All you have to do is share your thoughts on kids and electronics…give the retailers your feedback!  What are the right ages to get your kids involved and what are the must have electronics this year!

You have one day…contest ends Wed Dec,2 at midnight et.


A winner will be chosen by Bill Me Later, and will be posted by 1pm the following day.

Want to follow the contests on the other blogs with the other fabulous retailers? Mommy Knows has her contest tomorrow, so check it out!!!  And follow the other fabulous bloggers in our 12-Pack on their upcoming contests as well!!

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260 Comments on Toy Tuesday Giveaway: $250 Gift Card to Step2!

  1. Gianna
    December 3, 2009 at 12:58 am (9 years ago)

    The Leapfrog Tag Reader :)

  2. Bobbie Jo Gardella
    December 3, 2009 at 12:56 am (9 years ago)

    Kids and electronics go hand in hand! I have 4 children ages 21, 19, 14 and 7 – My 21 year old is a fan of her PS2 and all her games. My 19 year old has an X-Box Live and pretty much lives on it! My 14 year and 7 year old both share a love of the Nintendo Wii. (And this one is very good for them!) This year they all seem to want a PS3 – *sigh*

    Thank you for this contest and Happy Holidays
    @BJGardella (Twitter)

  3. vivian
    December 3, 2009 at 12:53 am (9 years ago)

    kids need early exposer ty

  4. Jean Hupke
    December 3, 2009 at 12:30 am (9 years ago)

    My girls love leapster and my 2yo even loves to color with it. I really like the V Motion so we have stocked up on some games…it is great when they can’t get outside to burn off energy.

  5. David
    December 3, 2009 at 12:30 am (9 years ago)

    My som is 10 and all her talks about is an ipod and pspgo he said he doesnt want anything else :-O. I wish I could make a product that everyone wanted lol.

  6. Amanda
    December 3, 2009 at 12:29 am (9 years ago)

    My husband and I have always tried to introduce educational toys to our son. He is now 18 months old and loves the leapfrog products. One of our favs. is the barn farm that goes on the fridge. Logan will play with it while I cook and and now he can say cow and pig because of it!

  7. DanV
    December 3, 2009 at 12:22 am (9 years ago)

    My kids started to get interested in electronics around age 4, at least for basic games

  8. Trina
    December 3, 2009 at 12:22 am (9 years ago)

    My oldest is 6.5 and I’m trying to delay the electronics craze as long as I can. This year she is asking for the Nintendo DS but I haven’t decide if I’m going to get her one. Maybe if I win this fantastic gift card! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. Sue
    December 3, 2009 at 12:20 am (9 years ago)

    The earlier, the better! My son was 8 months old when I bought him a computer program. No matter what key he hit, something would happen. Hit “c” and a cat would appear on the screen and meow!
    As he has gotten older, the Leapster has been the biggest hit. This was also one of our only electronics to work reliably! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  10. lisa p
    December 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I think kids and electronics are fine as long as they are educational or provide a useful skill

  11. shawn
    December 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids each got Nintedo Ds’s last year at 7 & 10. This year my 8yo wants an mp3 player and my 11 yo wants a laptop. I think Santa may be getting them these. I feel they are ready for these as long as I monitor what they are playing and I use parental controls
    .-= shawn´s last blog ..Snowball Cookies in a Jar by Guest Bobbie Sea =-.

  12. Dree
    December 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I am not sure if there is a right age, it depends on the child. But I think even young children can enjoy using educational electronics as long as their use is limited and not instead of normal play/human contact.

  13. Letessha
    December 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm (9 years ago)

    MY SON LEARNED HIS ABC’s at an early age with the alphabet pal caterpillar. My kids who are 8 and 9 years old, love to go online and play games, they must have their ipods, cameras, ps3, and xbox. My teen has a laptop and a nintendo DS and wants the DSi. My 3 yr old loves electronics too. A must have for 3 yr olds is the Leapfrog products and musical /learning types of toys.


  14. Jennifer G
    December 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm (9 years ago)

    We have the Leapfrog caterpillar, alphabet wheel, and laptop. We also have v-tech products. My 8 year old and 5 year old both have NP3 players that grandparents gave them. I think they are too young to have them because they haven’t figured out how to work them. They are getting the Wii this year and I think they will really enjoy it. They also like playing games on the computer.

  15. Stephanie
    December 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm (9 years ago)

    My 8 year old has a PSP, my 6 year old has a Nintendo DS, and my 3 year old has a Leapster. My kids get a lot of use out of their handheld games during long car rides to visit family out of state. With the educational choices in games that are offered I have no problem with my kids using these electronics

  16. jaxim
    December 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm (9 years ago)

    You can’t get kids involved with electronic toys too early. My 1 year old has always been fascinated with my computer and keyboard so I got her toy versions. This Christmas, I am going to get her some computer software to help her learn. I’ll also get some leapFrog and Step2 things for the same purpose.

  17. LaShan
    December 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm (9 years ago)

    My 4 year old loves to play video and computer games… she loves her V-Smile… and she can surf the internet like a champ for the computer games that she likes to play. I think in our electronic world introducing kids to technology as young as possible is a plus… and they can learn while having fun :)

    A Lil Enchanted,
    .-= LaShan´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  18. Staci Johnson
    December 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a 4, 3, and 1 yr old. They love movies! They love watching movies on a tiny screen (like the video IPOD). They also really enjoy the Wii games, and Nintendo DS games. I have heard great things about Leapfrog products, and am anxious to try some this year. Great giveaway!!!!

  19. Sylvia
    December 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it is a new world. Todays kids will grow up in an electronic world and might as well be exposed to electronics as you expose them to say the alphabet. The Wii is still hot this year and there are alot of family games available

  20. Jamie
    December 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I think kids do not need to be exposed to electronics immediately. There is much they can learn with the basic toys and a lot of imagination. Perhaps by 4 it would be good to start to introduce more electronics so they are more willing to accept computers and alternate forms of learning.

  21. leena Hung
    December 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m pregnant with my first child so I don’t have that experience quite yet. I did watch my cousin Kevin grow up and his parents started giving him more sophisticated toys and electronics when he showed more of an interest in learning and general inquisitiveness. He was given software learning games for the computer at around 6 years old.

  22. TheAngelForever
    December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm (9 years ago)

    My boys are 6 and 2 1/2. My oldest loves to play Nintendo Wii, but has had a hard time using our DS. Thanks to this we ordered him a LeapFrog Didj and some more educational games for travel. My youngest would love to use my laptop and cell phone. He is getting that fabulous Leap Frog Learn & Text that you had above. This will be great for on the road to help him learn his letters and sounds. I think that electronics are great for kids so long as you are actively involved in picking them out and using them with your children to make sure they are developmentally appropriate.

  23. Tesa S.
    December 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I feel that children should be exposed to computers and electronics early on, however, my tween son wants a cell phone, and I’m sorry, but he just isn’t going to get one. If he did get one, the only person he would call anyway is me, and I prefer to talk to him in person, face to face, after school. He does really love his Nintendo DS.

  24. Djp
    December 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm (9 years ago)

    sign me up

  25. Terry C
    December 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm (9 years ago)

    I agree that Leapfrog makes great toys with the exception of the Didj. My 4 and 6 year old grandsons have also been having a lot of fun with their Wii. It has a lot of games for all ages.

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  26. Des Nau
    December 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Our favorite must have is the leapster. Our son started using it sometime between 3 and 4 years old. I thought he would be on it everyday and become addicted to it but this has not happened. He uses it for educational games and has learned quite a bit from it. Electronics can be introduced at any age as long as it is created and built for that particular age group. We certainly live in an evermore increasing electronic world.

  27. Brooke
    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Honestly, as much as I love getting my kids toys that don’t have batteries and use more brain power… I think in this day and age you have to start young with eletronics… We love Leapfrog because they have a little something for all ages AND parents can keep track of what their kids are doing/learning via the footsteps..
    .-= Brooke´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Losing your spots =-.

  28. Cindy Huntington
    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I only have one daughter and she is 30 and expecting her first child. SOOOO as a new grandparent I am anxiously reading up on all the wonderful products out there, Leap frog, Tag, WII I could not pick a better time to have a grandchild enter in to this world of technology!!! thanks much !!

  29. trixx
    December 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter loves to play with Leapfrog & Vtech products & I like that they teach her while being really fun! I started buying these kinds of electronic toys for her since she was 6 months old, she loved all the lights & sounds back then. Now they teach her colors, shapes, etc.!

  30. Julie Moe
    December 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t think there is an age that is too young. My son is not even two and he enjoys watching songs on YouTube! It’s important to expose kids to technology early on.

  31. Jessica
    December 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm (9 years ago)

    My 7 yo daughter has a Leapster and a Nintendo DS that she loves to play with. My 3 yo daughter has “inherited” a LeapPad and tons of books and cartridges from her sister.

  32. Mama Bird
    December 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Our daughter will be 3 in Feb. & we haven’t delved into electronics yet. Mostly because I’m intimidated! I’m sure I’m not the only one! Even though I’ve used a computer my whole professional life & consider myself quite quite a techie, I’m just overwhelmed by the number of electronic toy choices out there. And as a busy, working mom, who has time to research which toys are the most fun and actually the most beneficial for their child? Since once you’ve invested the money into your choice, it’s likely the one you’ll be sticking with for some time, and purchasing future components for, you want to be sure you’ve made the right choice. For you and your child.

    We’re definitely ready to start introducing her to electronics. She’s already fascinated with our computers, cell phones, digital cameras, etc. It’s just a matter of deciding WHERE to start!

  33. Wendy
    December 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I think that leapfrog games are great and you can start even at a year old.

  34. Lindley A
    December 2, 2009 at 8:52 pm (9 years ago)

    My preschooler is really into the computer right now and I have seen some cool kids laptops for around $20 or so where they can learn the basic functions and play some games- great idea to get kids introduced to the computer!

  35. Christine
    December 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I love electronics for kids in moderation. My son has a lot of learning games especially on the computer, leapster and now the Wii. I think that if used correctly technology can be a great learning tool…not to mention just plain fun!

  36. Chelsey Burke
    December 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s always a good idea to introduce kids to electronics early, but I wouldn’t give them an expensive ipod at 3 or 4.. we aren’t talking that people we are just talking educational and fun electronics!

  37. Katherine
    December 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids both started their love of electronics early on. My son is 2 and LOVES his little laptop. He will sit next to me and type too.

    I think all things are o.k in moderation and electronic things are no exception.

    My 6 year old wants a DS this year. It seems to be on all the “must have” lists of her friends. I am leaning more towards a leapster instead.

  38. Melissa
    December 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm (9 years ago)

    As a mom of two young girls, I am torn in my thoughts on technology. I think it is definitely important to learn the basics at a young age. Our society is so technology based that if you don’t allow your kids access to some, then I think you are doing them a disservice. However, I think there is definitely such a thing as too much technology too. I love simple basic toys for my kids that allow them to be creative and play in an open-ended fashion. Technology often doesn’t do that. I do agree however that leapfrog toys are great toys that both utilize technology and do a great job of teaching your kids some of the basics as well. We already have the tag reader and are looking forward to getting a leapster for Christmas.

  39. April J
    December 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm (9 years ago)

    My 14 yr old daughter wants the ipod touch this Christmas. She has gone through 4 other ipods and now needs the touch.

  40. Erica Bybee
    December 2, 2009 at 8:20 pm (9 years ago)

    I think electronics are fine for kids if you dont get them hooked to nintendo games etc, they’re fine if you have limits!

  41. Becky
    December 2, 2009 at 8:19 pm (9 years ago)

    My grandchildren are 3, 5, 7, 9 and they all have DS’s. They are very hard on them so as a result they are only allowed to play with the Wii under strict supervision. I do love the Wii because they can all play and we can find age appropriate games. I think three is a good age to expose children to electronics. My granddaughter who is three plays online at nickjr.com and really loves it. She is able to navigate most of it by herself.

    Thanks so much!

  42. Amanda
    December 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Leapfrog learning systems have been well loved in this family. The kids have handed them down to their siblings and other family and they’re always a hit.

    I like the handheld games like the DS. POrtable and fun for everyone, I play when the kids aren’t and I have time.

    The wii might not be as hard to find but it’s still a great system, it gets everyone off the couch. Well, everyone except my husband who has figured out every way possible to stay lounged on the couch. :P

    Thank you, this would make such a difference!

  43. Michelle M
    December 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm (9 years ago)

    I think kids and electronics is a good thing. For the younger kids, if they learn from it, it is excellent. And for the older kids, if it is limited to a couple hours a day, it is also ok. I think the hot electronics really haven’t changed that much, but I’d say Leapfrog and Nintendo Wii.

  44. Karen B
    December 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm (9 years ago)

    My son absolutely loved his Thomas & Friends Computer made by V-Tech!! It was worth every penny and then some!! He learned so much and is still learning. We got it for him a little over 2 years ago and he is now 6. Another great toy that we purchased for him and it was so hard to find, but the Leap Frog Writing Desk. He loved writing words and then spelling them. It will spell 3 letter words and it teaches them to sound them out and write them. I don’t know if Leap Frog still makes this toy but it is truly wonderful!! He was barely 5 when we purchased it. I also like tht it was portable, making it easy to take in the car and to doctor visits, too. He could play hours on both toys. Anotherwords for us, you can get into electronics very early without all the video games, but there are a lot of cool learning toys for kids 5 and under, too!

  45. Aura
    December 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I am not big into electronics for kids. Yes, my children all learned a ton from their leapfrog table but I try not to buy too many electronic toys. Besides for being extremely annoying I find them expensive and the kids don’t use their imagination much. I do allow my kids to use electronic devices for long car trips and my babies love playing with my husbands ipod and blackberry but it pretty much starts and ends there. As a special treat my five year old is allowed to play an educational game on the computer but not much more. Since we don’t really want the electronics in the house I don’t even know whats new out there.

  46. Sandra S.
    December 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Both of kids are teenagers so it is music, anything digital, and video games. My daughter wants a new phone for texting. My son wants video games and an iPod. I think that electromic toys are ok for younger kids as long as they also play with other things. Pretend play is so great for younger kids. I limited electronic toys when my kids were younger.
    I would use to the gift card to buy something for niece’s twin girls who are 2 1/2. They are just adorable. Thanks!

  47. Sabrina
    December 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son. My girl aready knows how to mannipulate the touch pad on the computer. She gets on educational sites and has figured out how to print her drawings. Wheww! This is so tough, so we have decided to get them both refurbished laptops EXACTLY alike- so as to have no squawking. They both have Nintendo DS stystems and my son got a DSI for Christmas last year. My 5 year old now wants a DSI because “hers” doesn’t do what his does(has a voice recorder) . A Pocket Rocket by Razor is on the Santa list for this year, and of course; I’m sure he will get it-as much as it scares the bejeebies out of me!!

  48. susan varney
    December 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm (9 years ago)

    just like everything else moderate use is ok mverno@roadrunner.com

  49. Linda Lansford
    December 2, 2009 at 7:55 pm (9 years ago)

    All kids like electronics. the ones that educate are best

  50. Mir
    December 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm (9 years ago)

    I think the same applies here as with anything else – as long as it is age appropriate, monitored if/when necessary and used in moderation then it’s good. My daughter is still a bit too young to get into more serious stuff but Leapfrog products seem good (have a few toys) and when the time comes, I will most certainly consider the Tag Junior. Unless they come out with something even newer and better by then – these days it happens so fast.

  51. Patricia
    December 2, 2009 at 7:21 pm (9 years ago)

    It depends what you mean by upscale electronics. I think a wii is good for 4 years old and up. A netbook would be better for a child ten years old and up

  52. Justine
    December 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I think the right age to get kids involved is whenever they are interested! I think some parents wait too long, our society is just different these days and some electronics really help kids learn things! I think the must have electronic items this year are a PS3 maybe, or a Nintendo DSi!

  53. Paul
    December 2, 2009 at 7:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I thinks kids should start tinkering with electronics as soon as possible. Let’s face it we live in a mechanized world and kids need to be up to date on the latest technologies.

  54. Kathy Scott
    December 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I have made deals with my boys that as long as they have straight A’s there are no limits on electronics time. They can play Xbox, the computer, ipods, or whatever as long as they keep up their grades. They are really into Xbox Live video games that they play with their friends.

  55. Jessie
    December 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm (9 years ago)

    My oldest is 4 but he already loves electronics-he plays the Wii quite a bit. I am sure he would really enjoy the leapfrog vtech.

  56. carol ~
    December 2, 2009 at 6:58 pm (9 years ago)

    My son was after anything with buttons such as the DVD player , clocks, and the COMPUTER! So we had a few games for kids and he learned to read by himself just playing. It is amazing how they can figure it out. Just have something available for them and away they go!

  57. Lisa G.
    December 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it is important to get your children used to electronics as early as possible. Electronics are a huge part of our everyday life and most people use it daily in their jobs. It great getting children comfortable with electronics early so they can flourish in this modern world.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  58. Barbara Hoffman
    December 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm (9 years ago)

    I think that toy companies should make sure that electronics toys are going to be more educational than fun. Kids need to have fun yes but get more education out of everything they do. Seems like kids are only great at electronic things but would not know how to do something simple like sow, or cook, or chop wood if needed. Also can u please send an instruction manual for parents on what toy actually does. We buy toys and sometimes we do not know exactly what toy does. Please Help US!!!!

  59. Marci
    December 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm (9 years ago)

    My 7yo daughter has a didj and it’s a wonderful learning tool while she has fun playing. My 3yo daughter is getting the tag jr for Christmas.
    if an elcetronic toy can teach while a child plays I am all for it as long as they have completed any chores etc and only use it for the time limit that is set.

  60. Kendra Lindsey
    December 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it is good for kids to be have more electronic toys in their lives. We live in a society that is technologically advancing every day. They need to have these things in their lives to help prepare them for future. Most companies have made learning cool and fun again with different toys look like kids parents toys. I think that to companies should keep looking towards this. Our kids look up to us

  61. kristy
    December 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I believe some electronics are useful for children. Anything that helps a child learn is a great thing.

  62. Night Owl Mama
    December 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm (9 years ago)

    My 3 yr old just started with a lot of electronics and things. Playing on the computer and few of my 9 yr olds toys. I think that 3 is the perfect age to start them with electronic. Love Step and Vtech toys they make the greatest quality toys that gets kids jumping right into learning and todays technology
    .-= Night Owl Mama´s last blog ..Evenflo Triumph Advanced LX Convertible Car Seat Giveaway =-.

  63. Eos Mom
    December 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm (9 years ago)

    My son is 4 so he doesn’t have a lot of electronics yet. We did buy him the Leapster when he was turning 3 and we were traveling–that has been GREAT at keeping him occupied in waiting rooms especially and of course with all the different games it will grow with him.

    I’ve debated about getting him a CD player–he loves handling CDs and DVDs, but I’m not sure I want to trust him with all those buttons. Plus now he has a little sister and I know I don’t want her playing with it. What to do?!
    .-= Eos Mom´s last blog ..Blitz-It Friday =-.

  64. Sara Broers
    December 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I personally think it is very important to introduce electronics to our kids as soon as possible. We live in a world where technology is transforming our lives, as well as our kids’ lives. Leapfrog does have some excellent products on the market and these games that are interacting with computers are also great ways to introduce technology to our kids. I would say at 1 1/2 years of age, our kids in the year 2009-2010 should be introduced to it in some shape or form! In our ever competing global society, it is more important than ever!
    .-= Sara Broers´s last blog ..Soyphisticated Candles from my hometown- Mason City, Iowa! =-.

  65. Anne
    December 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm (9 years ago)

    My four year old seriously got hooked at the age of one one all types of electronic toys. My second son not so much but they are totally from the electronic/gadgit generation.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Everett’s First Haircut / long overdue for both boys! =-.

  66. Tami Roebuck
    December 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it is okay to introduce educational toys like Leapfrog and VTech. Those types of things are fine in my household. I have a 2 and 4-year-old. The 4-year-old has a Leapster and absolutely loves it. It’s great for the car too!

  67. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I think last year the most wanted electronic item was the Wii…. or the Wii fit board. This year all the buzz is about the Kindle for adults, and the Leapfrog Zippity for the younger crowd. For my husband it is always the newest phone and I would love an iphone.

  68. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 6:07 pm (9 years ago)

    We were sure that our son wouldn’t watch tv before he was 2 and we would stay away from games and movies for as long as we could, but life doesn’t always listen! We had to make monthly 6 hour round trip visits for a specialist for my son and we finally broke down and bought a DVD player and movies for the car. It ended the long stretches of screaming. Now that he is older I plan on giving him the Tag Jr. Reader and when he is old enough we will get him some sort of portable gaming system.

  69. Kathryn
    December 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm (9 years ago)

    My children are 1 and 5. We love all leapfrog (leapster, tag system, and magnetic letters, farmhouse). The other tweens I am buying for also have their eyes set on the idog speakers, wii games, as well as Nintendo DS games. As always we have an ipod or mp3 on our list!

  70. Sarah L.
    December 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Since I am 61 years old, my kids grew up without electronic toys. Playing outside and riding bikes and running are all great ways to have ‘unplugged’ fun. I buy books for my grandkids. I’m an old fogey and will not buy electronic stuff for them. Thanks for the contest.

  71. Maria
    December 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a 61/2 year old who’s been begging for a Nintendo DS for a year (several of her friends have them). However, she has played w/her Leapster and enjoyed it for the last 2-3 years, and if it weren’t for the other kids having them, i doubt she’d ever think she needed anything more! But my 2 yr old will certainly enjoy it when he is old enough to use it, I would anticipate a few of the games will be ok for him in another year or so.

    Computers are an intragal part of our lives now, and it’s hard to imagine how much more technology will advance over the coming years. I believe our children can benefit from exposure to the apporpriate technologies at a young age, and I encourage my little scientists to discover them.

  72. Stephanie V
    December 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm (9 years ago)

    I may be in the minority but my 2 yr. old is already into electronics (of course daddy is a bit of a gadget guy). He plays games on the nickjr.com site and loves using our computers. He also loves his electronic musical keyboard, electornic guitar, leapfrog toys and his step 2 kitchen and playhouse (which has some electronics)
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  73. Lisa
    December 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm (9 years ago)

    When I was younger, I was still in the floppy disk age so I’m so impressed with kids and electronics these days! The electronic toys seem to be very sophisticated & teach lots of great skills. And kids nowadays are into all of that stuff from such a young age!

  74. Anne G
    December 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm (9 years ago)

    I think for expensive electronics like ipods it is fine to wait until the kids are 12-13. So many 8 and 9 year olds get these expensive gadgets, but they don’t take care of them or lose them. My 13 and 16 year old are getting ipods this year, but they assure me they are the last kids their age in the country to get them.

    I think the argument that kids need electronics earlier in order to keep up is kind of silly. My 13 year old learned to use power point at school this year. It took her about an hour, and her presentations are just as good as the ones from kids who have been using it since 2nd grade.

  75. Michaela
    December 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm (9 years ago)

    My son is only 15 months old, so I’m not sure of advanced electronics. What I do know is that just from watching my husband and me, he has already developed a love for all things computer!
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    December 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm (9 years ago)


  77. Cee
    December 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve had mixed feelings about children and electronics but, after having completed an early childhood internship working in pre-K classrooms, I realize how important it is to introduce children to electronics at a pre-K level. We generally began introducing children to the concept of working with computers around 3-4 years of age, and used very basic concept games. We really felt like cognitive skills were improved, as the children seemed more apt to engage with the games than with a simple board game or card game. However, I would still use electronics in moderation with young children, and in a supervised setting.

  78. simone
    December 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it just depends upon your kid. Unfortunately, if you are like most people, your kids are already being exposed to TV, computers, & cell phones, so of course they want their own. DS is 15 months and he loves pretending to type on the computer. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com
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  79. Sarah
    December 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m kind of in agreement with Froma Harrop’s column today entitled “exercise, play no longer integral to life.” She laments the fact that free-form outdoor playing is no longer part of many children’s lives. I think most children could wait until kindergarten to become computer junkies. While it may be claimed that computers and other electronic “toys” may be helping children to learn to read, etc., I find it a lazy way to educate them (e.g., let the machine teach, I’m too busy to spend any time teaching my kids).

  80. Katie
    December 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm (9 years ago)

    I think age 2 -3 is the right age to start introducing your kids to electronics. My little girl likes to play her leap pad. My older daughter loves to play computer games, the leap pad, and the Wii. We started playing games with her on the computer when she turned 3.

  81. Mari
    December 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it is great that there are so many electronic devices for kids nowadays. I particularly like the leap pad. The only thing that is annoying is how quickly the technology advances…so that electronics get obsolete quickly.
    I think age 2 or 3 would be an ok age for kids to start using electronics, with supervision, of course!

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  82. Jennifer M
    December 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I plan to avoid them as long as possible. I see 6-year-olds with their GameBoys at the table in restaurants…it’s sad!

  83. Ellie W
    December 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm (9 years ago)

    My 4 year old grandson is learning how to use computers already at school and he has certain websites I let him got to at my house. He loves to watch videos and play simple games at children sites. He also is getting good at the Wii. I think it’s great. It not only entertains him but helps build coordination.

  84. Marina Hentz
    December 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it’s great that there are so many wonderful electronic learning tools available for kids! The electronic aspect gets them interested because it’s fun, and when they learn at the same time it makes us moms happy! We especially love the Leap Frog products!

  85. Kristi
    December 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Any electronics that help kids learn is a good thing to me. My nieces who are 6 and 10 love their Nintendo DS or maybe it is a PSP. Personally I can’t keep up..lol. They learn so fast nowadays. The other day, me and Annabelle who is the 6 year old were talking about languages and she was telling me how she could count to 100 in spanish. Anyhow, I asked her if she knew any other languages or words and she looks up from playing her DS of course and say’s, “Konnichiwa!” lol! Saying hello in Japanese was the last thing I expected her to say. :)

  86. Megan
    December 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm (9 years ago)

    My son is 2 months old, so he’s pretty much too young for electronics. I prefer classic toys any way- ones that allow him to use his imagination and can be played with in numerous ways. I think we’ll stay away from the electronics for a while.

  87. Jess G
    December 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Ok, as I am an electronics junkie, so too are my children.

    My 17 y/o says you MUST have the SMART PHONES (cell) and an iPod Touch! Also, you cannot be without an XBOX 360 (complete with Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 and XBOX LIVE. *We have 2 XBOX 360’s in our house~pretty sick, huh.* Finally, ANYTHING to do with Electric Guitars, Processors, etc.

    My 4.5 y/o is happy with ANYTHING made by LeapFrog, and will not go a day without playing a little on the Wii (this is limited of course.) She also thinks anything to do with make believe COOKING (especially cupcakes or cookies) are the BEST (our personal favorites here are the awesome STEP 2 kitchens and Melissa & Doug products.) She also has a nice little collection of My Little Petshop and of course, Zhu Zhu pet hamster:)

    These are the things we love, and frankly, don’t want to live without:)

  88. Jennifer B.
    December 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm (9 years ago)

    The Wii is the biggest hit lately, but you have monitor what games they play. So many of them are too violent for children. I like the Boomblox games for kids. They are cute and challenging.
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  89. chris
    December 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm (9 years ago)

    We have pretty limited screen time – no tv at home, computer mainly for homework, and then video games/computer games are weekends only, 1-2 hours total. I also have the kids do the touch-typing before they play games, so now the oldest (10) can type his papers for school if he’s tired of longhand. We start electronics at about 6, but supervised. I have a group of active kids, so outside play is an easy sell.

  90. jessie
    December 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s amazing how our 5 year knows how to handle the desktop….. She knows how to navigate and play on the internet. She loves everything that has to do with Dora

  91. Aniela
    December 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I think simple is better for the really little set. I like Leapster for ages 4-7, but I don’t want my younger kids staring at a screen for too long. I like Didj too for the older ones.

  92. jessefernandez
    December 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the leapfrog products. I believe that the sooner that you get your kid to start playing with these type of learning toys the better !!!!

  93. Dana @ Mrs. Moneysaver
    December 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm (9 years ago)

    My husband and I talk about the “right age” for electronics pretty frequently. While he’s comfortable giving a 4 year old an iTouch, I’m not so much. I think 10 or so is probably a more appropriate age.

    I do like the “electronics” that are made for children for educational and creativity purposes- like the Vtech digital cameras and laptops. It allows kids to feel like they’re using adult electronics, but they are meant to be dropped and roughhoused, and don’t allow access to the internet content I’m concerned about.

  94. Robin G
    December 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter is 2 1/2 her favorite electronics seem to be anything, that is not meant for her. She keeps an eye out and if we put down the Harmony remote, she scoops it up in no time at all. She also wants to use my laptop all the time. I think we will get her a toddler version for Christmas Vtech has one that looks good.

    I would love to get a Wii, she would love playing with that, and the Wii Fit seems to be a really hot gift this year.
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  95. DiPaola Momma
    December 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm (9 years ago)

    You know if you’d asked me this question 2 years ago I would have said 10 was a great age. BUT my 4 year old LOVES learning games on the PC and the Wii. I love that the Wii Fit gets him moving. My 3 year old has a computer IN HER PRESCHOOL CLASS! Taking that into consideration I’d say 3 is a good age to get started on skills like keyboard and mouse use. NOW for the upscale stuff.. My 10 year old has been bugging me for a cell for about a year. WHY she needs a sell when she doesn’t even use the HOUSE PHONE, is beyond me! I figure for her age group the iPod is great. My 16 year old is the KING off all things tech gadget, so for that age group only the price tag is the limit.
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  96. Betty Curran
    December 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm (9 years ago)

    My 6 year old grandson is already spending too much time on video games that don’t involve more than pushing the buttons. I’d like to get him a Wii because I know he would love it and it would give him much needed exercise inside during the winter months.

  97. Dana
    December 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

    We are definitely an electronics and gaming family. We currently have a PS3 , 2 PS2’s, A wii, a DS, and A PSP. I like each of these items and they all are used on a regular basis. I would say the PSPgo is the Hot ticket item for our family this year and video games as well. I am also interested in the LeapFrog Junior Book Pal. Video games have helped our family in many ways..Losing weight on the Wii, performing dual duties as DVD players, keeping the kids busy on our twice yearly road trips of over 1200 miles(each way).
    My 10 year old son is even learning to speak spanish via a video game. Electronics and games rock!!!
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Vanilla Joy Is Fantastic!!! =-.

  98. Danielle
    December 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm (9 years ago)

    My 3 and 1/2 year old loves his electronic toys.. He especially loves his my first leap pad from leapfrog and for Christmas he’s getting the tag reading system.

  99. Ginny
    December 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I think electronics can start very young. Leap frog is a great one at an early age. I guess I want to say between 18 – 2years, depending on the child. We had an electronic ball from my youngest dd & that turned out to be a bad idea. It was very heavy & she would whip it across the room. It hit me in the head once & was not a fun feeling. I don’t even know how she was strong enough.

    Not sure what the must haves are, I know my tween wants the ipod touch very badly. My 8 year old really wants the DSI. She has a leapfrog that she plays all the time, and wants some new games as well.
    .-= Ginny´s last blog ..The Glade Candles Holiday Collection Review & Giveaway =-.

  100. Amy DeLong
    December 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm (9 years ago)

    my 2 yr old loves the tag system also,but that is about it for him,no games yet
    My 5 yr old wants the ds this year and I think he is ready for it,so many cool games for it too!


  101. Jeni
    December 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the leapfrog 2 and my son does to i like that its games to help him learn and i can keep track of how he is doing on the computer

  102. Lori
    December 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter is 7 years old – and she is a whiz with most electronic toys, leapfrog, wii, etc. etc. This year she wands a dsi more than anything (her 2 cousins ages 8 and 10 have them and play all the time with her), but now she is ready for her own. I feel that most electronic toys can help with important skills (i.e. hand/eye coordination and quick reasoning) these are skills that they will need later in life.

  103. Stefany
    December 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I do not have a problem with my kids using and playing with electronics. I think that there is a time and place for them though. My three year old has mastered how to play Diego and Dora (EC games) on the Nintendo DS. My older kids play the Wii with us. We do limit the amount of time they play and the type games they play. For instance, there are no violent games played in my house by the kids. My husband plays a few but he waits until the kids are in bed.

    I think electronics help kids learn some fine motor skills and reasoning. The VTech Cyber Pocket is one example. My three year old can play with it and does great while learning too!

  104. McKim
    December 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I know the kids love the electronics of today, and pretty much take them for granted. I really think it’s making kids lose their communication skills – they text, e-mail, etc. instead of talking face to face anymore!

  105. Henrietta
    December 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm (9 years ago)

    I think our kids need to be technologically advanced, there will be more and more need for computer focused careers as they get older. My 9 year old loves the computer and is on it daily. My son is going to be taking Art & Design for Business next year and will be learning amazing things on the computer! They both want new mp3 players for Christmas, I haven’t decided on which ones to get them yet though. We love the Wii and Xbox 360 at our house too!
    The only thing I don’t love is giving kids cellphones too yong. My son just got one last year (13) and ONLY so we could keep in touch while he was riding the activity bus back and forth to track meets. Nothing fancy either which means no texting!
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  106. carma
    December 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m probably in the minority on this one but I don’t think kids need much in the way of fancy electronics before age 10 (aside from the computer). Kids need time to play with more traditional learning toys as toddlers and to ride their bikes and to other outdoor activities before then. There is plenty of time before the kids need to get fully immersed in electronics. Once the time comes though, quality durable products are the way to go. Something that doesn’t die out within the first few months and cause disappointment.

  107. Angela
    December 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I think that kids should have electronics but should also be engaged in sports or other activities. All of the “E” games we have played have been a blast. On a personal note, I think that the Kindle is a waste of time and money! :) Thanks for the chance!

  108. Monique Rizzo
    December 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I think 5 years old is a good age to start. We got our daughter an ipod shuffle when she was 5. She loved it, took care of it and when she was 6 we got her an Ipod Nano. Her MUST Have this year is a Digital Camara. I got her a pink one with a case on sale, and we will see how she handles it!! Thanks for the chance.

  109. Laura
    December 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm (9 years ago)

    My brothers, ages from 10 to 29! – love their game machines – XBox360, Wii, etc. I think the right age for electronics can be any age really, with the huge variety of toys/educational games, etc out there. My little one is only 10 months, but we have electronic toys and books. And she loves them!

  110. Amber
    December 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a an almost 2 year old son. His favorite electronics right now tend to be his Leap Frog magnetic alphabet and animal match-ups. What we’re really looking forward to is Leap Frog’s Tag Jr.

  111. Allen
    December 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I personally think that around 2 years old is a good age to introduce technology and electronics. There are a lot of great electronic toys out there but I also like my kids to play with non electronic toys so they can use their imaginations. I like any educational toy like the Fly and Learn Globe from Vtech.

  112. The Mom Jen
    December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

    My 3 year old loves the Nintendo DS only because her older brother and sister have them…otherwise I think age 8 is a good age to introduce electronics to kids. There are so many creative things at home they can be doing before that age!
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  113. Angela G
    December 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I think you can introduce electronics at any age. There are many fantastic educational toys out there for all ages. We especially love Leapfrog products. We have the Leapster 2, Tag reader, Zippety and more miscellaneous products. I think the Zippety is a hot product.

  114. Cheyenne
    December 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm (9 years ago)

    My two year old has been using electronics since he’s been able to put things in his hands. I had to give him a old cell phone, (but keep it charge everyday so it will lite up) so that he would leave mines alone. This year for Christimas he will get his own (kid)computer so that he will leave mines alone. My 14 yr old wants a playstaion 3 this year. wheew…………

  115. Brandi
    December 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm (9 years ago)

    I think children should use electronics when they’re interested, but not pushed too young. I think getting children on the computer at 2 or 3 is too young–they need time to build with blocks, imagine, and play!
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  116. Debbie
    December 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    PSP for the boys and ipods for the girls, probably starting at age 10-11 so they will be responsible with them. Great giveaway!

  117. Regina
    December 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    My son started with computers at a government run daycare around age two, and has progressed at an age appropriate level since then. As long as a childs’ life is balanced, I think electronics are a good tool to help them prepare for the future.

  118. jennifer lleras
    December 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm (9 years ago)

    As far as my thoughts on kids electronics go there are a few things that are most important… they need to be easy to use, fun, and build to last. one thing I like about step two products is that they are built well and stand the test of time. I personally prefer music gadgets for kids, they seem to respond well to anything they can play miley or linkin park on.

  119. Audra Weathers
    December 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I think the right age for electronics depends on the product. My daughter who just turned one is a pro at using her Spongebob App on my iPhone, so maybe as soon as they can learn, they are ready. The must have electronic in our house is the iPhone with all the cool Apps out there for children. It is very convenient to be somewhere that you need an attention getter (i.e., doctor’s office waiting room or grocery store checkout line) and be able to pull out your phone and entertain your little one for a bit. We were playing with her Spongebob app just a few days ago in a waiting room and I was so thankful for it!

  120. Anita
    December 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm (9 years ago)

    I could probably write a book on children and electronics… including the ages that are appropriate or inappropriate and the types of electronics, etc. Whew! There’s SO much more available to kids than when we were children. In many ways, that’s very good… yet also very bad. Why is it bad? Well, children don’t have as many opportunities to engage in creative play as they did. The electronic gadgets (from the Little Leap LeapFrog to the Internet) “perform” all the creativity the child “needs.” — Or, at least it would *seem* that way.

    Anyway… I think a “hot” electronic item this year is Zhu Zhu Pets. I’ve not ever “interacted” with one in real life, but why should I? I can “get my fix” on-line… anytime!

    As far as what are the right ages…? I think the “right age” to introduce electronics to kids depends on the electronic. In other words, I don’t think an infant needs a Zhu Zhu Pet, however, an infant might benefit from a “Cloud b” nightlight. :)

    Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!
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  121. blogomomma
    December 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Kids love electronics! Always have, always will. I have a 22 yo and a 6 yo – this has never changed. However, electronics have never been as advanced and attractive as they are now. I have forever been a huge fan of LeapFrog and Vtech – solid, educational, quality product. From Baby Tad to Fridge Phonics, to VTech Smile – we still have em all! Interactive, educational, and FUN!

    Exposure to electronics, video, ipods, etc depends on the maturity of the child – it’s no fun to have a cool toy that frustrates you when you try and play with it! We introduced WII only last year – time spent playing is carefully monitored and often used as family time. Most things in moderation works for us – creative play, electronic time, outside time, quiet time.

    This year’s wish list is DS Lite and PS3 – every child I know is still crazy about the DS and the price tag is still reasonable. I do think the games are a bit pricey and we would choose carefully. I’m not sure a DS i is age appropriate for a 6 yo, so we’re not “there” yet. The DS is awesome for road trips and helps pass the time on boring errand runs! We’re excited about the PS3 and the option of ordering games online at discounted pricing ! The blue ray and other features are a bonus, but at $299 – I expect a LOT!
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  122. Angela Akinniyi
    December 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t like to buy console games for my kids like WII’s, Ninetendos, etc… I don’t mind educational handheld games.

    For my almost 2 yrs. old, I will buy her a Leap Frog Tag Jr. for Christmas and for my 8 yrs. old I will buy her more Leapster games. Leap Frog has always been my favorite. We are into educational games and activities.
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  123. Lee
    December 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

    One thing I’m unhappy with in children’s toys is that I feel toy makers are trying to grow our children up too fast. I mean, does a 7 year old really need to learn how to text?

    Lee :)
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  124. Jackee
    December 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids love electronics and think that having them so involved with them at school and home will give them a boost in life. I think the computers stimulate creativity and I love seeing my kids creating!

  125. Sonya
    December 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids have always used electronics. They just needs to be used in moderation and with educational software whenever possible!
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  126. Dawn Hart
    December 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm (9 years ago)

    In this day and age where everything is going electronic, I think kids need to be exposed to them as soon as possible. Let’s face it, if they can’t use a computer by elementary school, they may be behind. Schools around us already give assignments that have to be accessed over the internet.

    I prefer electronics for kids that get them moving like the wii and the Fisher-Price Fun 2 Learn Smart Fit Park Plug & Play Activity. They can learn and exercise at the same time. With the rate of obese children on the rise, they are great to get kids moving while learning and playing in this ever increasing world of inactivity.

  127. Becky
    December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm (9 years ago)

    My 4 year old loves the new Leapfrog Scribble ‘N Write. I love it too as it shows him the proper way to write both upper and lower case letters.

  128. Heather G
    December 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm (9 years ago)

    My nine year old’s only item on her wish list this year is a Nintendo DS. Thanks for the chance to win!

  129. colleen
    December 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I think the kids are getting more and more into technology stuff younger every year…but seeing that is life…I think it is ok to let them play with video games and computers, as long as it is monitored. I hate kids with cell phones. I think they should only have them for emergencies…I hate seeing them text all day long!
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  130. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm (9 years ago)

    I used one of those rhythm & sound belts while I was pregnant. The changing pattern of sounds is supposed to stimulate brain activity once the fetus can hear. It was given to me, so I used it faithfully through 2 pregnancies. I guess a lot of parents want to be better safe than sorry when it comes to their kids. I do not believe in my kids watching tv for hours on end. My son was almost 2 before we introduced him to Sesame Street. All things in moderation.

  131. Taylor
    December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm (9 years ago)

    Well, Squirt is still to young to really get into electronics beyond his toy keys that light up but my youngest sibling absolutely loved his Tag reader! I think it helped instill a love of learning and he has been saving it for when Squirt is old enough! Spiderman books and all! =)

    And I have to agree with a previous poster that the Fisher-Price and Vtech toys that my son has could use a lower volume level…sometimes off is better than the lowest volume level on the toy.

  132. Erica C.
    December 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm (9 years ago)

    The electronics where kids are more active and engaged in learning are the best. Wii has done a good job of incorporating these ideas.

  133. Cecilia
    December 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

    I think introducing kids to electronics at a young age is perfectly fine and practical in these technology-driven times! My 3YO son’s favorite “toy” is my iPod Touch — and I love the many free kid-friendly applications that keep him entertained! My 7YO daughter received a Nintendo DS last year and has asked for games for it this year (she only has 3 games total). Everything in moderation, of course — our kids are only allowed to play for a little while and not every day.
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  134. Vicky H.
    December 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m agreeing with a lot of people who chose to mention LeapFrog products. They have such a great line of fun and educating items with characters most kids love and recognize either in the games or books. It’s nice that they pretty much have something for every child’s age group, so you can get them started pretty early. I’m a fan of the Didj since it’s just short of being a true, portable gaming console.

  135. Jessica
    December 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I think electronics are good for kids, to an extent.

    • Jessica
      December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

      I accidentally pushed “enter” and it posted my comment. Oops.

      Anyway…I think electronics are good for kids to an extent. It depends entirely upon the item. I have kids ages 3-13. I too have always loved the Leapfrog toys for kids. It really forces your kids to think, but they’re having fun the whole time and don’t even realize how much they’re really being taught. I think the iPods are great too. It gives parents a little more control as to what their kids are listening to.

      While I love the learning electronics and iPods , I’m not a big fan of video games. I don’t ban them from my kids, but they’re definitely in moderation. The only video games we have are a Wii and I only buy the interactive games. I think a lot of the other video games that are out really force kids to isolate themselves. How is this good for society?

      All of that being said, I think electronics have come a long way and can potentially be a wonderful tool. Now to keep it all focused on what is really beneficial for our kids and their futures.

  136. Anna Davis
    December 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter loves vtech and Fisher-Price toys.
    Can the sounds be a little softer? Even the lower settings are loud and annoying.

  137. Andrea H
    December 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm (9 years ago)

    I think children should start using electronics (technology) by the age of 2. My son started using the computer at that age and now his teachers are impressed with his computer skills at age 7. He is in advanced math and reading as well and i attribute that to all the educational technology he had as a toddler and preschooler.

    I think this year’s must have electronic toy is the Nintendo DSi. Both of my boys are getting one for Christmas and I already have some fun educational games picked out for them.

    Thank you!

  138. pixie13
    December 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

    I like electronics for children, especially the educational ones. We have several Leapster products & we play with then quite a bit. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  139. Mami2jcn
    December 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm (9 years ago)

    My sons played with Leapfrog products like the Alphabet Pal when they were toddlers. Now they’re moving on to Leapfrog Leapster2 and the Didj. I really love these kinds of educational toys.

  140. Amy
    December 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm (9 years ago)

    We live in an age of technology. Whether we like it or not our children must be exposed to electronics in order to succeed. My first child is due in January and already has an iPod and an iPod player in his room. It was the easiest way for me to transfer some of my music into his room. From the perspective of a teacher, I love technology. I love how it engages children and makes them think in new ways. As a parent, I dislike the fact that technology tends to make our children sedentary and isolated. I think it comes down to a matter of balance. It is our job as parents to make sure that our children are well rounded. To expose them to all the wonderful things this world has to offer and that includes technology. As long as parents are vigilant and put limits on the use of technology it is a great thing. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it :D

  141. Saebbe Reidhead
    December 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m a huge fan of kids and electronics. It’s something that kids have to use in this day and age. I still have friends who can barely operate a computer because they are scared. Well that fear is costing them good jobs. My kids will always be allowed to use carefully selected electronics.

  142. Susan Smith
    December 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids started out playing games on the PC. As my kids have gotten older their electronic toys have gotten more expensive. They started with the Nintendo DS and my daughter wants to upgrade her DS to the newest one. We upgrade our game system to a Nintedo Wii. We have had that for a few years now. Last year my teenage son wanted to get an Xbox to play more challenging games and with other gamers. I didn’t think we needed that so I said if he wants that he has to buy it with his own money. He did buy it. For now we have no plans to upgrade any of our gaming counsoles, of couse that may change in the future.

  143. Chris N
    December 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I love electronics as gifts for children. They can be very inexpensive, such as handheld games or plug and play devices, or expensive such as iPods and Wiis. This does give a wide range of choices. My nieces love their devices, Leapster for the little one and Nintendo DS for the older. It keeps them occupied and quiet while waiting in the doctor’s office or other such situations.

  144. Chrysa
    December 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm (9 years ago)

    My nephew was fascinated with electronics since he was only a few months old. We try to keep him occupied with other things until he is older (he’s a year and a half now). He does like to say “eek eek eek” though every time he sees a computer mouse!
    .-= Chrysa ´s last blog ..Free Holiday at Home Gift Basket to First 2,000 Each Week =-.

  145. Kelly
    December 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter is 5 and loves her Leapfrog which I am totally fine with because it’s educational.

    Any electronics that are educational I think are great for kids no matter what age.

    This day and age everything is electronic so it’s a given that’s what kids want. With educational games parents and kids both are happy it’s a win- win situation. :)

    :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  146. Michelle S.
    December 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm (9 years ago)

    It is difficult to choose electronics for my children these days because there are so many to choose from. I limit what games they play by rating. My Oldest is 11 and has an Xbox and sticks mostly to sports, driving and disney games. My youngest is 4 and has the V-tech Learning System and is now starting to outgrow that and loves to play online games (Disney, NickJr., etc..) . I think that Children should be allowed to play age appropriate video games at an early age. My children do things in shool with electronics that I never have.

  147. Linda Stewart
    December 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Electronic products are so much more diverse than when my girls were little. Then you have the Nintendo system and that was the “hot” product. Now though there are so many electronic products that begin and a very young age, including infancy. We have the V-Tech Baby Smiles that my grandson received for his first Christmas. Even at that age it was a fun item for him to play with and turned into not only a toy but an educational electronic toy as he has gotten older. He is almost 3 and still loves it very much. My stickler though is with cell phones. What age is a good age? I think the age shouldn’t be determined by number but rather by maturity. Some 10 year olds are mature enough to hold a phone and use it wisely. On the other hand I have seen 15 year olds that I would NEVER consider giving them a cell phone. Most definitely should be a guarded parental decision.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    .-= Linda Stewart´s last blog ..I’m Thankful For =-.

  148. Jen VG
    December 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm (9 years ago)

    My daughter started with electronic things pretty early… 3 or 4. My son on the otherhand was a lot rougher with things so didn’t get as much oportunity with those pricey toys.

    Though I will say that the V-Smile handheld was WONDERFUL for him. It can really take a beating and still offers up educational electronic fun for him that has been a blessing on long road trips and waiting rooms.

    Jen VG

  149. Janine
    December 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m loving this giveaway! My son loved Vtech and Lepfrog when he was younger (he’s 10 now). Now he pretty much likes playing online games.
    My daugher is 1 1/2 years old and is really enjoying Leapfrog toys along with other simple toys that light up and make noise whenshe pushes buttons.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. Happy Holidays!

  150. Dddiva
    December 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm (9 years ago)

    My girls are older so of course they are majorly into gaming and computers and phones and music systems and… you get the idea.

    Ian just turned 3 and he’s always wanting to play on the computer or with the games (with supervision of course.) I believe that giving children an early start will make them much better equipped to deal with the the rapidly changing world. I was so afraid that I would blow up my computer when I got it that I barely did anything on it so I am all for letting them start whenever they show an interest. There are so many excellent programs and systems that are fun as well as educational that I think as long as there is a balance and they also engage in purely imaginative games and exercise/physical activity (they make games for that ;) ) then get them going early.
    .-= Dddiva´s last blog ..What are your favorite holiday movies and shows? Ours are… =-.

  151. Lorie
    December 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t think there’s one age when kids should start receiving upscale electronics. I think it should be based on their maturity level, at least it will be at our house. My old is 4 & I’m not sure when he’ll be ready. I do think he’d love the Leapfrog Text & Learn. I’m just not sure if I’m ready for it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  152. John Melendrez
    December 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm (9 years ago)

    My kids started playing with electronics as toddlers. I think it just depends on your kids and the parents values towards electronics. I allow my kids to participate in such for educational value mostly. This year the Leapster is on the Christmas list. We have an X-box too, but it is only used occasionally for age appropriate games. I don’t think that kids should spend all their time playing video games as they need to be outside running around and playing with their friends too!


  153. Tiffany
    December 2, 2009 at 11:56 am (9 years ago)

    OMG, Step2 would be AWESOME for my 2year old! I think around 7-8 years is ok to introduce electronics to kids, but I’m not completely sold on the idea. My fear is that my son would get sucked into some video game and have the controller to his face 24/7, but I guess that’s when I should step in a be a parent and set some limits, lol!

  154. KC
    December 2, 2009 at 11:54 am (9 years ago)

    When it comes to electronics, kids are a whiz. The younger they are introduced, the better. There are
    definitely educational benefits, Wish as I was as smart as they are!

  155. Heather S
    December 2, 2009 at 11:52 am (9 years ago)

    I think it is up to each parent for which age is best to introduce electronics. It also depends on the individual child. Some children are more advanced then others. My son is 7 and got the Leapster 2 for his birthday. I like it because it isn’t just a video game, he is learning on it. Math, Reading, Money etc.
    .-= Heather S´s last blog ..Gratitude Challenge -Day 7 =-.

  156. Amy
    December 2, 2009 at 11:51 am (9 years ago)

    I have a two year old and a seven month old. While he plays with some of his electronic toys, I’d prefer to deter the handhelds and other gaming devices as long as possible. He has a leapfrog book thing that someone gave us and enjoys a few other electronic toys but not for long periods of time. I’d prefer that he play with blocks, art supplies and other things to stimulate his mind while he’s still so young. There’s plenty of time for video games as they get older.

  157. R Hicks
    December 2, 2009 at 11:51 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t think it is ever to early for kids to get involved with electronics. WE are an electronic nation and that is not about to change. Some of them we will be getting include Leapfrog, disney princess video camera,

    wikireader and more

  158. angie
    December 2, 2009 at 11:49 am (9 years ago)

    Honestly, I know people that use electronics while pregnant for their babies via playing music for them thru the womb! Is there a too early time? I don’t really think so.

  159. Heather D.
    December 2, 2009 at 11:47 am (9 years ago)

    I love electronic toys and games, but feel it’s important to limit your kids to playing an hour a day tops. Like my mom always said, “Go out and get some fresh air!”

    If it’s too cold outside, how about a puzzle or a book?

    That said, if you can combine educations who electronics, why not??

  160. scott
    December 2, 2009 at 11:46 am (9 years ago)

    I do not think there is an age that is too young for using electronics. Be it a womb sound toy or a CD player playing soothing music or a high-tech toy for the older crowd, electronics can enhance a child’s life at any age.

  161. Amy dendy
    December 2, 2009 at 11:45 am (9 years ago)

    i started getting my girls electronic leapfrog toys as toddlers. parents need to analyze toys before getting for kids.

  162. allyson ayala
    December 2, 2009 at 11:39 am (9 years ago)

    electronic toys are great as long as they are supervised and played in moderation

  163. Sarah
    December 2, 2009 at 11:38 am (9 years ago)

    I’m not exactly sure what the right age is to introduce electronic toys. In a way, I think it’s an reflection on society around us–if mommy and daddy can’t live without their blackberries then it would make sense that young children would want an opportunity to play with one and pretend with one!!

    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

  164. Jennifer Angel
    December 2, 2009 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    I have four year old twins and we are very much in love with the TAG reader system. I can’t promote this item enough. My children are reading with this system because the books are fun and work with kids at all levels of learning. My two year old daughter is also very into the books this year now too, so for Christmas she is already getting four new books!!! YEAH TAG!!!!

  165. mytwogirls
    December 2, 2009 at 11:28 am (9 years ago)

    We had an electronic Leap pad reading toy for my daughter when she was three or four. The only time she really used it was for long trips in the car and it started to malfunction fairly quickly which was disappointing. I hope we can get it working for her little sister, as we invested a huge amount of money into cartridges for it. We also got her a Vsmile years ago but she got frustrated when the characters would not move the way she wanted them to. I doubt that will work when we hook it up again for the little sister.

    Currently, my ‘now’ 8 year old has a $29 ipod shuffle which she was into when it was new but rarely plays anymore now that it is 7 months old. She has not asked for a wii or xbox or playstation or the like and I am in no hurry to go out and get one.

    With my second child my attitude about what makes a good toy is very different than before. I am sticking with simple, classic toys and shying away from anything electronic or even toys that talk or need batteries. It is just not worth the hype because they don’t last and are crazy expensive.

    On the other hand, I will say that the 8 year old does play some computer games. She likes Alice Greenfingers, Dairy Dash , Petshop Hop, Cake Bakery and also plays Club Penguin online. The computer is not an obsession though and she tends to play only once in a while which I prefer anyhow.

  166. Cristi
    December 2, 2009 at 11:27 am (9 years ago)

    Children are our future and electronics are a big part of that. My son who is 10 started with computer in the first grade. That to me is amazing, when i was in school we didn’t have axcess to computers until high school. My daughter who is 2 already know what facebook and email is. I feel that the more educational toys that they have and the more that people except and learn the better we are as a society.

  167. mickeyfan
    December 2, 2009 at 11:24 am (9 years ago)

    Electronics are wonderful. However, too many parents have let them substitute for babysitters. I would hope that their use is limited and would love to see more things that require nothing but imagination. If families could throw in a bit of “board game” or other things that allow for total interaction from the adults-so much the better.

  168. Stephanie
    December 2, 2009 at 11:24 am (9 years ago)

    I’m all for introducing kids to electronics from day 1 as well. These are required skills in this day and age. Must have electronics on our list include almost anything from Vtech for the little ones, Nintendo for the medium ones, and Apple for the big ones.

    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Exclusive Ramalama Diaper Bag Offers have Mrs. Claus seeing scarlet =-.

  169. Leanne Kirby
    December 2, 2009 at 11:19 am (9 years ago)

    My daycare kids are all into the Leapfrog electronics that I have for them to use. Shhh, don’t tell them, but I got most of them a Leapfrog toy when I did some shopping on Amazon for Christmas presents! They will be so psyched!!
    My own kids are older so they are into their iTouch and video games, and of course, like their mom, the computer. My 2 daughters saved and bought their own laptops, and now my son is saving so he can get his own too.
    Thanks for the chance!!

  170. judy brittle
    December 2, 2009 at 11:17 am (9 years ago)

    My grandkids all love the Wii but we set limits on how often they can play. They must be age appropriate and no violence. Leapfrog toys are also a huge favorite. The biggest issue we have on some electronic toys are how quiet they are. The kids like to hear them while playing and some you can barely hear. The ones that are too quiet it seems those are the ones that are never touched.

  171. Rose O.
    December 2, 2009 at 11:17 am (9 years ago)

    Kids and electronics go great together as long as limits are set. Mine need time limits or they will just play until you tell them to stop!

  172. Tiffany S.
    December 2, 2009 at 11:11 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t know when it is really appropriate to start spoiling kids with electronics because then you constantly have to upgrade. My son is only 2 so I won’t have to worry about that for a while but I’m sure I’ll get him whatever is “hip” at the time. lol! Thank you for the great giveaway!

    Tiffanys819 at gmail dot com

  173. Mellissa C
    December 2, 2009 at 11:04 am (9 years ago)

    My youngest son is 3 and he loves his Leapfrog, my middle son is 6 and he wants a I-Dog for Christmas and my oldest son is eight and he loves the wii!

  174. Staci A
    December 2, 2009 at 11:04 am (9 years ago)

    My son is 5, and still pretty young for any “real” electronics of his own. Though he does have a Leapster which he is completely responsible for. He has to keep it in the case and keep track of the games. I think starting with something small (and less expensive) at this age will help teach him to care for his things! Though I’m not ready for the day he asks for a cell phone!

  175. Eric
    December 2, 2009 at 11:02 am (9 years ago)

    Our kids are wanting electronic gifts this year for the first time. They are asking for an ipod and DSi. I think start younger and younger but adults are no better, they have every gadget they can!
    I think if you get your kids something you can teach them to be responsible and they will learn and grow.

  176. Kathy
    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 am (9 years ago)

    My oldest daughter is 4 and I think that is a good time to start getting her into electronics. My husband has been working with her on the computer learning but for fun games and activities I would like to get her a Wii. Some games are age appropriate and will help her learn new skills.

  177. AutumH
    December 2, 2009 at 10:56 am (9 years ago)

    My boys are definitely into the electronics. My 9 year old has been asking for both a cell phone and a Nintendo DSI lately and both me and my father keep refusing because 1)He’s way too young for a cell phone as it is and he only goes with people we know and feel comfortable with-we have their #’s on hand ourselves
    2) We feel that both him and his brother would fight over the DSI and be on them constantly if not monitored consistently, also we feel it’s more important for them to read and use their imaginations. But we are actually thinking of giving in and getting the DSI for both boys for Christmas because the variety of learning games available now. I don’t think Electronics are bad but I just feel they encourage our kids at times to be a bit lazier and less imaginative at times.

  178. Jessica L.
    December 2, 2009 at 10:54 am (9 years ago)

    I have 4 kids. 7,5,4,3.
    My 7 yr old loves playing video games. PS2, Wii, DS, you name it. I like to buy him educational games when I can and he really enjoys them. He also has a very weak eye and his eye doc recommended patching the stronger eye and having him play a video game to strengthen the weaker one. It’s working wonders!!
    He’d really like an Ipod, and XBox for Christmas haha. We’ll see. Santa brought him a Wii last year.
    My 5 yr old has autism and it’s hard for him to play video games. He just doesn’t understand what to do. He does have a handheld Vtech which is much easier for him and he’s learning a lot. He’s also really into Leapfrog things.
    My 4 yr old steals the 7yr old’s DS every chance he gets. He enjoys playing the mini games on Carnival Games. He longs to play the Wii and PS2, but I think he’s still a bit young. He also enjoys the Vtech.
    My 3 yr old daughter could care less about video games, but she really wants an ipod. IMO that’s a bit too much for her, and I will be looking for a cheap alternative. She loves to dance and listen to music.

  179. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 10:50 am (9 years ago)

    Yes, as I said, I have some favorite electronics but my son gets hours of play out of his Step2 kitchen and art easel I think exposing a child to all different kinds of play is very important. Active and creative play is the most important regardless of the form it takes.

  180. Arlene F
    December 2, 2009 at 10:50 am (9 years ago)

    I love this i-Dog, speakers for the iPod., and so do my 2 oldest. We also play our Wii games 3 times a week together, and they all play with the V-Tech and Leapfrog toys! 3 of them have a Nintendo DS, and get to play it 1hr a day, unless it is a weekend or holiday! We love electronic toys, but they still have to pllay outside at least 1 hr a day also/ Would love to win this giveaway. @madly59 ONLYJOY1959@YAHOO.COM

  181. Crystal F
    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

    Electronics are in our future so I don’t think there’s to young of an age to get kids involved with them. I think the netbooks are great for the tween and teenagers right now. i also think ipods are big with all ages. My niece and youngest daughter are 4 and 5 and they have shuffles. I don’t think you can go wrong with these items. thank you!

  182. Leigh Dusek
    December 2, 2009 at 10:45 am (9 years ago)

    LeapFrog has the market cornered in my book! We’re all over it in our house! My 5 and 3 year old are both getting the Leapster 2 for Christmas….they will love it. We have the My first Computer and it’s been a hit, as well as the FridgePhonics. Now I’m not sure this counts but the LeapFrog Letter Factory and Word Factory DVD’s helped my son with a Speech Disorder tremendously! They have amazing products.
    Now the iphone is a must for my husband this christmas as he cannot stay off of mine! And I’d love a speaker player for my iphone/ipod.
    .-= Leigh Dusek´s last blog ..Gotta Check it OUT!!! =-.

  183. Laura
    December 2, 2009 at 10:43 am (9 years ago)

    Our boys love their Nintendo DS and Wii. We play a lot of games together on both, which is great for bonding time. We are pretty stict though about there being limits on electronic toys. No games until homework is done, dishes are cleaned up and there has been at least 30 minutes of physical activity for everyone that day.

  184. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t look forward to the ipod and cell phone phase. Very expensive to get kids the electronics they want these days. I wanted a discman when I was a teen. Things have really changed!

  185. Nancy
    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 am (9 years ago)

    I think use of simple electronic learning toys could start at about age 3 or so. Expensive, breakable electronic items should wait until the child is older and more responsible.Of course, it all depends on your child and what they are ready for and can use properly.

  186. Carol
    December 2, 2009 at 10:41 am (9 years ago)

    I have kids and a a grandchild, so our electronics wants and desires are all over the map. For the little one, anything like a Leapfrog is wonderful, I like electronics for very young kids only if they’re educational.

    I find that my sons can get a little more than obsessed with their video games and electronica, so I have to monitor and sometimes limit their use of that stuff. The girls are less interested in electronics and gaming as a rule.

  187. Sherry Trail
    December 2, 2009 at 10:40 am (9 years ago)

    My grandson who is five years old started out with Leap Frog when he was just a baby. He has learned so many educational things from the different toys over his short five years. He’s now into Wii and loves it. He has a mild case of Cerebral Palsy and the sports he plays on Wii are perfect exercise for him. He is also a computer nut. He loves playing games on educational sites. He’s actually very good at it – a lot better than his Grammy!

  188. Happi Shopr
    December 2, 2009 at 10:40 am (9 years ago)

    We got our nephews (ages 3 and 5) the Matel Spiderman laptop for their birthdays which both love. Bonus is their parents love it too and the kiddos are learning w/out even realizing it because they have so much fun with it. Another great thing is that it ‘grows’ with the kids since there are multiple levels to each game. It’s also a great bang for the buck at $30.00 at Walmart. I love giving gifts that keep on giving like this.

  189. smilinggreenmom
    December 2, 2009 at 10:24 am (9 years ago)

    Oh and our kids are both under the ages of 8! Incase this was required for the contest! ;) Thanks!
    .-= smilinggreenmom´s last blog ..Wordless Wed ~ nice legs! =-.

  190. Thrifty Mama B
    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 am (9 years ago)

    I have 2 boys. The oldest is 5 and is another that loves the leapfrog stuff. He also has a nintendo ds, a Vsmile, and wii. He plays with the leapfrog toys and Vsmile more than the others. The thing is that his brother who is only 23 months old can also play with some of the leapfrog toys that are way advanced for his age. Thanks to big brother little brother has become one smart cookie.

    The electronic must haves on the wish list this year? For the 5 yr old: leapfrog tag reader, Fisher Price Smart Cycle, a Discovery Kids digital camera and more Vsmile, DS & wii games.

    Im having trouble on picking Christmas gifts out for the baby. His birthday is a week after Christmas too. Not sure what Daddy and I are going to be getting him just yet?

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    .-= Thrifty Mama B´s last blog ..BOGO Eggs Printable Coupon Reminder =-.

  191. Sky
    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 am (9 years ago)

    My son will be 10 tomorrow (Oi Vey!) and he’s all about the electronics. From iPods to video games. His current obsession, the Wii.

    My daughter is 2 and she likes to mimic everything her brother does. I can see the pros and cons in both situations. One thing is for certain, at 2 years old Paige is much more technology savvy than her brother was. We embrace it here. We try to keep up…although it would be okay to slow it down a notch companies!


  192. Dawn Godek
    December 2, 2009 at 10:04 am (9 years ago)

    The big item for my 12 and 9 yr old are ipods-they’ve had mp3 players but one is broken and we got a good deal. They both got Nintendos 2 years ago. My 6 and 4 yr old play on the computer but don’t really have any interest in any other electronic games.
    .-= Dawn Godek´s last blog ..Personal Advent Calendars……. =-.

  193. Laurie K Green
    December 2, 2009 at 10:02 am (9 years ago)

    I think it really depends on whether the child is learning or just being entertained by the electronics. I agree moderation is the key. If they are force-fed everything they will never learn to use their imaginations.

  194. Nanette Olson
    December 2, 2009 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

    Kids are never too young for electronics. Electronics can be a great way for them to learn. My children are older, but they love their mini laptops for playing games and communicating with their friends. They also love their cell phones for the same reasons and also taking pictures.

  195. Jeanette H.
    December 2, 2009 at 9:54 am (9 years ago)

    I agree, as the kids get older, the “toys” get fancier, and MUCH more expensive. Im currently looking for a laptop for my 15 year old son for Christmas. My 12 year old daughter is much easier to shop for. She’s at an inbetween age where electronics are cool but toys are still fun.
    Yesterday, I told my kids if they get any harder to buy for, next year we will be taking a family vacation instead of buying presents..of course they didn’t like that idea, go figure!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  196. Sue E
    December 2, 2009 at 9:49 am (9 years ago)

    Everything revolves around electronics in some way or another. I think the younger kids get started with electronic toys the easier it will be for them to transition into computers and other high tech items at school and in the workforce. That doesn’t mean you should run out and buy some expensive electronic item for your 2 yr old that is too advanced for his age level. Today there are so many age appropriate toys to accommodate all ages of children and you can graduate to a more grown up version when they are old enough or mature enough. We have several V-tech toys for our 2 yr old and our 13 yr old just upgraded his iPod and has had a cell phone for a couple of years. Thanks for the chance!

  197. smilinggreenmom
    December 2, 2009 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

    Our kiddos are into electronic video games this year. We currently own a Gamecube but they will be getting a Wii from grandma and grandpa. Daddy and I are getting them a nintendo D.S. for the handheld thing. We do not have a lot of money to spend so this is pretty much it with some little things too :) My worry with all of this though is how much time to allow on these things. I do not want them sitting on these for hours and not really PLAYING! I think pretend play, building forts, coloring…those things are the best for our kids!
    .-= smilinggreenmom´s last blog ..Wordless Wed ~ nice legs! =-.

  198. Joanne
    December 2, 2009 at 9:47 am (9 years ago)

    Before I had children I would have thought that electronics were a bad thing for kids. I would have compared it to TV. But now that I have 2 kids (age 2 and 5) I realize what an important part of their development these electronic gadgets have become. They really can be a great learning tool.

  199. Kellie Conklin
    December 2, 2009 at 9:47 am (9 years ago)

    I believe that electronics are great for kids, in moderation of course. Sometimes you need something to keep the child occupied with and I’d much rather be giving the child an educational video/electronic game to play than have them sit in front of the TV. I am a huge fan of imagination playing as well as reading books but those are things that at times can require more than one person. I love having the ability to give the child a tag reader or listen to a story on the computer as well as play with a leapster while I’m cooking dinner or getting some other necessity done. I also believe that electronics can help a child’s education in many ways from brain boosting to specific controls in their hands and bodies! thanks for the awesome giveaway! i apreciate the chance to win!

  200. vicky boackle
    December 2, 2009 at 9:47 am (9 years ago)

    i think that kids and electronics are just fine.my grandkids are supersmart and into their games but they also read alot.

  201. Nicole D.
    December 2, 2009 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

    My daughter is 3, and she is just getting into using her laptop to learn numbers and letters. I think its appropriate at that age, if its educational. My favorite electronic is the Wii – I love that its a video game system with lots of family friendly games that gets you up and moving! Thanks!

  202. Vicki Wurgler
    December 2, 2009 at 9:44 am (9 years ago)

    my grandson is 5 and has a DS-his parents are thinking of getting a Wii this year-I think electronics are fine as long as the parents have limitations-kids have to get outside and run!

  203. Renski
    December 2, 2009 at 9:44 am (9 years ago)

    I love all the toys that help kids learn. Leapfrog has some of the greatest toys EVER. My son (20 months) loves his My Pal Scout and his music table. Kids need to learn about technology early in life so they’ll be interested in it. But parents MUST supervise so that kids remain safe and so kids understand that there is a real world not just a virtual one.

  204. fidget
    December 2, 2009 at 9:42 am (9 years ago)

    I too am struggling with the “right age” question. My 7 yr old is very gentle with her things and does a good job taking care of her toys, for her it seems to be the right time. Now, my 6 yr old may never be ready. She loses things constantly, abuses them, and is generally irresponsible- my 2 yr old keeps better track of his things then she does. But, then this creates an issue between the 7 & 6 yr old, which turns into a fight that I have to referee. So, retailers, if you could make childrens electronics designed to be tethered to them and only removable by lock and key then both my 7 & 6 yr old could enjoy them, LOL! Maybe we should get a Wii for the whole family instead of handhelds
    .-= fidget´s last blog ..They say it’s your due date =-.

  205. Cujo
    December 2, 2009 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)

    Kids need early exposure to computers in a SAFE environment. A fun way to learn – count me in! That’s why we love Leapfrog toys and JumpStart Wii games. Don’t get me wrong, traditional toys are still needed, but when our kids enter higher education and the work world they will need skills that allow them to interact with technology. As for the age kids should be introduced to a computer, in our schools, computers are introduced in Kindergarten. My 5 year old uses our computer to play his games, uses the Wii and LOVE his LeapFrog toys (Text and Learn) He wants a Leapster2.

  206. Jenni/mom2nji
    December 2, 2009 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    I am struggling with knowing the right age for electronics for my boys. They are 4,6,9(9yo is very delayed) and want DS’s, I dont think they are responsible enough yet. They got vtech pocket smiles last year and they were broken within weeks. I am thinking about trying the Leapster 2 this year.

    mom2nji@ gmail.com

  207. Lynda
    December 2, 2009 at 9:19 am (9 years ago)

    I have 4 kids ages 12, 10, 7 and 3. They all love playing on the computer. And there are plenty of games that my 3 year old can play. They also love to play with their DS. My 3 year old likes to “borrow” his sisters’ while they are at school.

  208. Jessica Schwartz
    December 2, 2009 at 9:18 am (9 years ago)

    My 10 year old daughter loves MP3 players, taking pictures, and making movies…..so this year she is getting an MP3, digital camera, and camcorder all in one! My 7 year old loves electronics in general…..this year she is also geting a digital camera. My 3 year old loves leapfrog and taking pictures. She is getting a VTech digital camera and Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD. The older two are also getting new Wii games.


  209. Samantha
    December 2, 2009 at 9:15 am (9 years ago)

    My kids electronic use doesn’t go very far yet….6 month old and 2 year old. I’ve thought about getting my 2 year old a leapfrog but just haven’t yet. I’m sure she would love it.

  210. cwaltz
    December 2, 2009 at 9:12 am (9 years ago)

    My teens are more tech savvy than I am. It’s a technological world so I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to introduce the kiddos to that aspect of life with supervision of course as soon as they are old enough to start grasping ideas.


  211. Kim
    December 2, 2009 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)

    I really think kids and electronics shouldn’t mix until age 2. There’s just SOOOO much development to be had before then, that I think electronics would hinder more than help. Things like good ol’ fashioned blocks that don’t have bells and whistles, things that TRULY inspire creativity. That said, my 20 month old sure does love his computer games (supervised!)… so you know, everything in moderation! :)

  212. Tracey Byram
    December 2, 2009 at 8:40 am (9 years ago)

    I think electronic toys are fine for children. I think those electronics for children under age 5 should be educational.

  213. Betty
    December 2, 2009 at 8:32 am (9 years ago)

    Clearly we live in an electronic age and families have many upscale electronics items that are shared with the kids as they grow.
    Caring for the Wii and its accessories, even the TV/DVR/Cable remotes et cetra is a family responsibility. Our kids received electronic educational toys as toddlers but they were in a family that had cell phones, had gaming systems, computers and PDA’s. It seems totally natural that the toys in our house will include electronics.
    MP3 players were not introduced until middle school, and then they weren’t top of the line.

  214. Margaret Smith
    December 2, 2009 at 8:25 am (9 years ago)

    My children are 2, 10 and 12 and my two older children are all about electronics. I love that they have such an interest in computers, game consoles, mp3 players, etc., but I do wish that they would play outside more often. I would also like to see them play some “old fashioned” board games, etc., instead of electronic games and consoles all the time.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.
    Happy Holidays!

  215. Katrina
    December 2, 2009 at 8:20 am (9 years ago)

    My son is 2 and we’ve introduced him to the Tag Reader from Leapfrog. He loves it! Before Tag he used his LeapPad often as well.
    .-= Katrina´s last blog ..This Never Gets Old =-.

  216. Faith
    December 2, 2009 at 8:19 am (9 years ago)

    Really like electronic gadgets. Amazing how much a child can do with ps3, xbox, or wii

  217. Doug
    December 2, 2009 at 8:17 am (9 years ago)

    Our daughter is much more technologically inclined than her parents. Has multiple electonic games, but really seems to love her Wii

  218. Elizabeth N.
    December 2, 2009 at 8:12 am (9 years ago)

    My sister is 4 and loves Leapfrog and my husband is 33 and he loves ALL electronics – Wii, PS3, XBox360, cell phones, computers – you name it!

  219. Andrea
    December 2, 2009 at 8:09 am (9 years ago)

    My daughters are almost 8 and 3, they love electronics! They play with the wii (the three year old with help), both asked for MP3 players for Christmas and spend a lot of time playing on the computer. The three year old just learned how to click the mouse and make it work on the computer this week. I love to see them play learning games on there.

  220. Sharon Rooney
    December 2, 2009 at 8:02 am (9 years ago)

    My niece is 6 and all she wants is a camera.
    It’s all she talks about.
    My nephew is 11 and he wants an ipod. He thinks they are too cool.

  221. Nadine L
    December 2, 2009 at 8:01 am (9 years ago)

    I feel it all depends on the child, if they are responsible enough to care for an electronic item and use it properly, why not? My daughter is older so her “toys” are electronics. She wants an upgrade of the mp3 player we got her 2 years ago or a digital camera.

  222. Kristi C
    December 2, 2009 at 7:37 am (9 years ago)

    My three year old loves the Leapfrog products. He started with these about a year ago. The tween is dying to get an Ipod Touch. I see that being lost within the next six months. The teenager is wanting a Macbook, but so does mom. She is a little lacking in the common sense department for us to spend that much on a laptop. The Wii is great. Hands down one of the best products we have ever bought. Everyone gets to enjoy it.

  223. Tari Lawson
    December 2, 2009 at 7:36 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t really know about age appropriateness. I know with my first son, he didn’t have video games until he was around 5 or so. We started him on V-smile which he loved. My younger son sort of skipped over V-smile and went right on to Wii to keep up with his brother. In this age of technology, I know it is important for them to keep up, yet I somewhat long for the days when more imaginative play filled most of their day. I prefer games that are cartoon character based and not violent.

  224. Michele P.
    December 2, 2009 at 7:30 am (9 years ago)

    it really depends on the child-my almost 17 year old WANTS the goods, but is very careless in how he treats them, and ends up losing or ruining a very expensive item. His 8 yr old sister, however, takes care of her stuff and also for her age has done pretty good keeping up with technology. One thing I haven’t gotten her yet is her own cellphone, but I can actually see her having one for when she is 9 or 10. Some kids are more mature than others, some more careful than others, and because these products are so expensive one really needs to make sure that the child is able to handle the responsibility of having such an item. I do believe, though that children are learning technology at a much faster pace nowadays-both my kids were pretty young and on the computer playing JumpStart and other learning games and my 6 mo. old grandson already taps the keys and looks to the screen for a response…lol.

  225. Molly
    December 2, 2009 at 6:45 am (9 years ago)

    Being both heavily invested in the digital age – my husband and myself were bound to have digital kids. We’ve raised them to be digital natives. They know how to type and to surf the web. While some parents may think down on all of the electronics, I can say I definitely think our kids have learned from anything we’ve presented to them.

    Our kids are now 6 and 4. Both know how to operate a DVD player, tv, game systems and computers. Though they do have their favorites.

    Our 6 year old daughter absolutely loves her Nintendo DS. She is addicted (an addiction we are watching carefully :)).

    Our 4 year old son loves his Leapster 2. It’s amazing how much he’s learned thru this toy. The math and word games are great teaching resources and he doesn’t even realize that he is learning.

    The best investment for our family – hands down has to be our Wii. We bought shortly after it came out – and have continually used it for family fun time. It not only is great with our bunch of 4, but whenever anyone else is over – it’s on and being played with. It engages all – and creates a synergy that we haven’t found with anything else across our family – regardless of age.

  226. Shawna OBrien
    December 2, 2009 at 6:24 am (9 years ago)

    I think that children today live in an extremely hi tech world and that they should be & probably will be exposed to a lot of computers and electronic gadgets as soon as they are able to interact with such. It is better for it to be normal for them and be comfortable with it then be like I was struggling in Junior High to learn computers. However, I do believe that parents need to ensure that all content is age appropriate and that children are still interacting in other activities such as sports, excercise, playing with peers, music etc. It’s important to have well rounded children that can balance their lives in a healthy way. I particularly do like the educational items such as the Leapster which my son currently has. The Didj is what my 6 year old is getting for Chrismas. He learns alot because he is competitive and loves getting points. Hi tech electronic devices can enhance education and information and this is good as long as it is done with parent supervision, guidance and training.


  227. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
    December 2, 2009 at 5:53 am (9 years ago)

    We allow educational computer games for my 4yo, but they still make me a little nervous. I’d rather have him learning the old-fashioned way and moving around . But if we use them wisely, I think they can be helpful. I just hope they’re not harmful! I don’t like things that are just “button-pushers”, and every Christmas list I send out has “no batteries” on it as a wishful thinking!

  228. Sarah N
    December 2, 2009 at 5:38 am (9 years ago)

    I have mixed feelings about electronics, but I think they are good in moderation! I have a one year old and she loves her Leapfrog music table and other electronic toys. When she gets older, I want to get her the Leapfrog Tag Jr. reader. It looks awesome!

  229. Deborah
    December 2, 2009 at 5:21 am (9 years ago)

    Even at age 1 our Amelie wants to play on the computer and push buttons. Moyra at age 3 loves to do the same and V-tech toys are great for this age group teaching them coordination in pressing buttons and early spelling and recognition. The earlier the better I say!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Welcome to FeedBurner =-.

  230. Kristy H
    December 2, 2009 at 5:20 am (9 years ago)

    My 6 year old daughter enjoys her Leapster 2, and when she was younger she played with my sons LeapPad! She loves to have a book read to her, so it was a great toy for her.
    My 10 year old son became an electronics “Wiz” at the age of 4, when he watched Daddy hook up the VCR, from then on, his interest in toys went out the window and all he wanted to do was play with computers, video games, and any board games that had some sort of light/sound! To this day, he loves to hook up our electronics, and I’m VERY thankful because I’m not so good at it!
    Of course, his #1 and #2 gift ideas are a laptop and a new video game console, lol! And my daughter wants the Leapfrog Tag Reader, I’m so happy for that!
    Thanks so much for this!

  231. Tiffany H
    December 2, 2009 at 4:52 am (9 years ago)

    Well, I think that it depends on the kid. I have a 5 year old that we bought a nice Kodak digital camera for last year, and it is still in pristine condition and it gets used a lot! That said, I have a 13 year old step son, who can’t keep a cell phone to save his life. He has lost 2 and is constantly dropping and “misplacing” them. My five year old now is asking for a cell phone. Ain’t gonna happen, not because she can’t handle it, I just think it is completely not age appropriate. I am considering getting her and her almost 4 year old brother Nintendo DS’s though for their birthdays because there are some great learning games out there. We have some JumpStart Wii games for them and they absolutely love them.
    Thanks for this awesome opportunity! :)
    .-= Tiffany H´s last blog ..Holiday Giveaway Day 3: Moxie Mae =-.

  232. Justine
    December 2, 2009 at 3:40 am (9 years ago)

    I think anytime your children are interested in electronics is the right time! If they are not responsible enough to have them on their very own then you can help :D I think kids these days are ready sooner than most of us really know, but I’d say they can’t get them till they’re responsible enough to take care of them. These items are a part of our everyday life and we’d better get used to it! I am tired of hearing ‘when i was a kid I didn’t have those’ or other things cause times have changed and for the better!

  233. Trisha
    December 2, 2009 at 3:39 am (9 years ago)

    It really depends on the child, my 9 yr old son became really involved on music at a young age (4) so he has had state of the art media players since he was very young. he has a routine where he lkeeps them at home when not in use so they never get lost. he likes to download and discover his own music. he would like the new zune hd for xmas, he prefers the zune over the ipod! but we have 4 boys and they all vary!

  234. Anne Y
    December 2, 2009 at 3:15 am (9 years ago)

    For a very long time I was against my kids having a lot of electronics but these days now that they are tweens, that’s all they really want. I am more of a fan of educational electronics than gaming/music/video still.
    .-= Anne Y´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  235. Galen Wood
    December 2, 2009 at 3:08 am (9 years ago)

    Hmm, I think kids should probably start with some G-rated games maybe around 5, like a leapfrog or even a Wii. The musthave electronics overall this year are Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and also the GPS for the adults

  236. Ruth Privitt
    December 2, 2009 at 3:03 am (9 years ago)

    I have tons of electronic games and toys at my house. Helps keep the grandkids enterained.

  237. Sherry Winckel
    December 2, 2009 at 3:02 am (9 years ago)

    my 7 year old is getting a electric guitar for christmas. He has always been into game boys, v-smiles, and anything that has moving parts. I definatly think it depends on the kid. Merry Christmas everyone.

  238. Talitha Lee
    December 2, 2009 at 2:53 am (9 years ago)

    My kids love their Wii and their Vtech laptop. I love the fact that the wii is motion sensitive and encourages them to get up and move. The vtech is great because it’s educational and engages them for long enough for me to get a load of dishes done. Thanks for the contest!

  239. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 2:48 am (9 years ago)

    I agree… it isn’t like they can grow up and really avoid technology in their daily adult lives. I want my children to have those skills, but also have used their bodies to play and hands to create. Such a fine line. But, the products keep getting better! I am curious about the Vtech V Motion system. Anything to get the kids moving! Does anyone else have one?

  240. Christie
    December 2, 2009 at 2:43 am (9 years ago)

    I think there has to be a mix of traditional toys that require the child to imagine and create along with the best electronic toys. The electronic toys need to have an educational element, be nonviolent and sturdy enough to withstand child play. Kids should be comfortable with electronics at an early age.

  241. chastidy
    December 2, 2009 at 2:40 am (9 years ago)

    My son is 3 and he loves his Vtech Smile :)

  242. Michele Childress
    December 2, 2009 at 2:20 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    My children are 12 and 8 and what I have learned is age doesn’t always have much to do with whether or not they are ready for certain electronics. It really has a lot to do with maturity.

    The hottest electronics out there would have to be computers, video game systems and cell phones. My children have personally asked for CD/Radio players and a computer. The computer is too far out of my reach at the moment but, I hope that I can provide them with a personal computer one day as they are a vital part of learning through the years. Computers can be very educational.

    If I were to win, I’d choose St. Jude children’s research as my charity.
    .-= Michele Childress´s last blog ..World AIDS Day Awareness =-.

  243. Angie
    December 2, 2009 at 2:11 am (9 years ago)

    To me, it depends on what age the child is and what type of electronic is. My son is pretty responsible with his things and has been for most of his life. He’s 13 now and has had a PS (one type or another) for about 5 years or so now and I gave him an iPod over the summer. He’s been begging for a cell phone but I honestly don’t think he’s ready for one yet.

    As for my daughter, she’s 10 and DEFINITELY not ready for a cell yet! I did just order her a DSi for Christmas (SHHH!) and she’s had VTech and Barbie laptops in the past but it will be awhile before I get her anything expensive like a cell or an iPod.

    In my humble opinion, most “children” are ready for electronics (the expensive ones anyway) when they are teenagers.

    Thanks for the giveaway! It’s a doozy!

    pricousins at aol dot com
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..New Cellfire eCoupons released 12/1/09 =-.

  244. Miranda @ Keeper of the Cheerios
    December 2, 2009 at 1:52 am (9 years ago)

    My 9 year old daughter is getting a super awesome Netpal computer for Christmas that I won while I was at BlogHer this year. She’s been very into computers this past 3 years and I think it’s great. There are so many educational games online that I feel like she’s learned a lot. She also has a Nintendo DS that we’ve had about 2 years now and she loves it. I do monitor the time she spends online and on her DS though because I still want her to get up and run around and just play.

    My youngest son, 3, wants a DS like his sister but it’s just not happening. Maybe in another 1-2 years.. he just seems too young and maybe a little too irresponsible for that. I am considering getting him a Leapfrog Leapster though.. that just seems a little more his level and seems as though it’ll be more kid-tough.

    I’m okay with electronics and stuff but I love toys that encourage imagination and learning through play.

  245. Amy B.
    December 2, 2009 at 1:44 am (9 years ago)

    My kids love their electronics. My son plays on his leapfrog while my girls play on their ds. They love playing their games and I really believe it challenges them. I think they learn from some games because they keep their brain active. I don’t think they should be on them all the time but every once in a while is alright. I love for them to play the games that actually teach them something without them even knowing it.

  246. Shelbie Johnston
    December 2, 2009 at 1:37 am (9 years ago)

    My 4 year old Grandson already knows how to use a computer! I am amazed! I think on one hand, kids and electronics is an amazing way to learn! Keeps them interested, learning and always advancing! On the other hand, too many gadgets for too long, take the child out of them. They need to run, exercise and learn social skills as much as anything else they could learn. So, all in all, electronics and kids taken in moderation, are a great tool!
    .-= Shelbie Johnston´s last blog ..My Blog Buttons! They disappeared :( I did something wrong! =-.

    December 2, 2009 at 1:29 am (9 years ago)

    My thoughts on kids and electronics would be it’s ok as long as their are limitations / boundaries. My 3 y/o daugter loves playing Rock Band on our PS3, though she isnt really playing. She likes to hold the guitar and beat on the drums and act like she is a rock star. we think it’s hilarious. we plan to buy the Tag system for Christmas since she is showing interest in learning how to read. We purchased a Vtech Vsmile last year, but she hasn’t quite got the hang of using the joystick yet. I believe as long as your child is getting some physical play time in during the day, it’s ok to let them play with them.

  248. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 1:17 am (9 years ago)

    Unheard of when I was a child, our kids are growing up with video gaming systems. Our family bought a Wii shortly after my son was born and he has grown up watching us Bowl or Golf for fun. I couldn’t ask him not to use it… We try to keep the games movement based. At just over 2 he likes to drum with Wii Music & Golf at Wii Resort. Just the other night he got his first Birdie.

  249. Andrea Kruse
    December 2, 2009 at 1:13 am (9 years ago)

    My husband oversees the internet product for our local newspaper, so our kids have been exposed to computers and electronics from day one. They are both under the age of 3, so I try to encourage activity… but my son has an Elmo laptop and will be receiving a Tag Jr. Reader this Christmas. We want to achieve a balance.

  250. Shannon
    December 2, 2009 at 1:08 am (9 years ago)

    My kids are 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 and they are a bit young for the advanced items, but there are some neat electronic toys that are age appropriate so I think you can start them as babies as long as it’s age appropriate. We like the Vtech Jungle Gym Ride N Learn Giraffe. It’s electronic and fun.

  251. cassie
    December 2, 2009 at 12:41 am (9 years ago)

    My three year old has mastered the Wii. It has increased his hand eye coordination. He is begging for one for Christmas. I am still on edge on whether it is appropriate for such a young child.
    .-= cassie´s last blog ..Because I am Narcissistic This Was The Best Post I Have Ever Wrote =-.

  252. Katie
    December 2, 2009 at 12:40 am (9 years ago)

    My little ones love their tag reader. They are also thrilled with the preschool Wii games that they can actually play (Thank you Dora and Diego). They are 5 and 3.

    I think the “right” age to introduce technology is as soon a they show an interest in it. Use it as a teachable moment for how to take care of possessions… and what happens when you don’t take care of them.

    As far as must haves this year… I’d like to get the 3 year old the Tag Jr. He’d love it. And the 5 year old will be getting my older model DS with some updated games.

  253. Danielle
    December 2, 2009 at 12:15 am (9 years ago)

    My son is 6 now and he loves his Leapfrog too. I think something educational like that is fine for kids preschool thru whatever age.
    Now he wants a Nintendo and Im just not sure…If he does get one this year, he will have limited time for sure. :)
    Too much of anything is not good for anyone!
    .-= Danielle´s last blog .. =-.

    • Chelle
      December 2, 2009 at 12:42 am (9 years ago)

      Isabella {who’s 2} loves anything electronic. Her current fascination is the toy laptop–she could spend all day on her cousins! Santa may be leaving one for her this year…

      I think the electronics are great! It’s a break from the everyday playing and great to take in the car for those long road trips to visit the fam.

      Great giveaway!
      .-= Chelle´s last blog ..It’s On! Good Bye Muffin Top! =-.

  254. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey
    December 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm (9 years ago)

    My kid is almost two, but he LOVES leapfrog. We have the alphabet catipillar, the tag system (they didn’t have the JR. until after we bought the original – but he does great with it). We have all sorts of frun leapfrog learning toys (his favorites are anything musical)

    • Andrea Kruse
      December 2, 2009 at 2:45 am (9 years ago)

      I have heard a lot of people are very happy with the Leapfrog products. We are just starting to get into them, and I can’t wait for his Tag Junior and books to arrive. He is finally loving his story time and this will be a real treat for him.

    • stacy coyer
      December 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm (9 years ago)

      I think the older kids favorite is the ipod. I think about 10 years old is a good time to let your kids get an ipod. Leapfrogs are also a favorite for younger kids and it has a lot of learning activities that is beneficial to kids.

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