My children are constantly asking to play games on my phone. Constantly! I do not mind it all the time, but busy, no thinking needed games drive me bonkers. So, what is a mom to do? I could tell them “No!” until I am blue in the face or find a way for it to be a win/win for both of us. Thanks to AppStart Learning we found a win/win with their new line called iLearn ‘N’ Play that is specifically made to make learning fun via an App-enhanced learning curriculum using your iPad, iPhone or iPod.
“AppStart Learning joins 3+ Toys and Apps to make learning fun by making learning play! iLearn ‘N’ Play workswith little learners to help them understand all sorts of early learning concepts! All iLearn ‘N’ Play Apps are builtaround our unique iLearn ‘N’ Play Global Curriculum that joins technology, play, and early learning needs to helpchildren learn while having fun.”
AppStart Learning has released 3 new toys in the iLearn ‘N’ Play series and each toy has it’s own learning app that is available for free via iTunes. You can find them at Target (and get a $10 discount until 3/30).
- iPad App: Letterbox for the Learning Tablet toy
- iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch App: Letter Explorer for the Adventure Explorer toy
- Either iPhone/iPod Touch App: Numberbots for the Robbi toy
Our family was able to test out the Adventure Explorer. The cool thing with the Adventure Explorer is that it can be used with an iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or an iPod and it comes with a driving console with a steering wheel, knobs and buttons to keep your device screen from getting smudged fingerprints all over it. With the smaller devices, like my iPhone, you can place it in a protective case. To be honest, it makes me nervous to just to hand my phone over to my kiddos when playing interactive games, so I love that the case attaches to the console. And if it is used without the console, I like that the case has a thicker outside with handles to help the kiddos have a better grip.
The free app/game that is designed for Adventure Explorer is “Letter Explorer”. The app helps children learn and practice letters and and phonics with 36 different levels to work their way through. When you pair the game via your Bluetooth you are able to play it with the console. Make sure you read the simple instructions that come with the console because it tells you how to do this if it is not already set up. We found the directions helpful because we did not realize that our Bluetooth was not already setup. Also note that the console needs batteries to be operated and make sure when you are not using it, that you switch it to the “off” button found on the underside of the console. We forgot the first time and the next morning it was dead. But, that was a user initiate problem! 😉
This video does a great job showing you how neat the Adventure Explorer is:
Basically, if this if someone is playing the Adventure Explorer in our house, there is a line to play it. This toy is the one everyone wants to play with. My 5 year old likes to claim it is for her, but the 7 year old likes his turn, too. Even Dad had to get some time in playing!
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*Product was provided to supplement this review. All opinions are 100% our own!