Kids are able to learn best when they don't think they're learning anything. That is, the perfect way to teach them something is when they are at play. It is this concept that has propelled educational toys's popularity to the highest levels. Despite the fact that they can be quite expensive, parents take no heed of the price, recognizing only that the benefits their children can gain from playing with an educational toy far outweigh the price tag.
There are many kinds of educational toys, but the electronic ones are probably the most sought after. Since we live in an advancing and technologically-inclined world, getting kids interested in electronics is inevitable.
And because most of us are glued to our computer screens, children are more likely to respond to educational toys that are electronic because it gives them a sense of adulthood - that they just like mommy and daddy, typing something into a keyboard or studying a computer monitor.
The first toy manufacturing company that introduced electronic educational toys is LeapFrog. With the Leapster Learning System, children are encouraged to learn about all sorts of subjects, form music to language to art, either in a mobile manner (the device is portable), or through a huge screen (it can be plugged to the TV). Each game uploaded into the Leapster Learning System is age appropriate. Thus, parents will never go wrong, be too backward or be too advanced, with the game they're getting their kids.
Sometimes parents can make the mistake of getting just any educational toy at the store under the impression that all educational toys are the same. They aren't. Each educational toy is tailored to cater to a particular age group and each is designed according to that age group's motor capacities and learning skills.
The Leapster product itself retails for around US$60.00 at major toy stores, while its cartridges cost about US$30.00 each. One other good thing about the Leapster is that its cartridges may be used with other LeapFrog electronic toys and games, too, like the L-Max.
When it comes to electronic educational toys, LeapFrog leads the pack. While there are other electronic toys by other manufacturers out there, it is this company that first introduced the concept and has excelled in this particular industry ever since. But, hey, nothing's stopping you from getting electronic educational toys made by other manufacturers. What is important is you got your child something that will be of use to him or her.
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