Just in time for the kids’ birthday, I was asked to check out the new MobiGo 2 learning system by vtech. Now I would never consider buying just any hand held video game for Ethan because that kid would have my iPad attached to his hands if I’d let him. And while there are some great learning games available on the iPad, he wants to play the games they don’t teach him much other than violence. But I really like the MobiGo 2…here’s why…
It teaches kids basic skills such as math, vocabulary, spelling, reading, logic, drawing and more. It even has a keyboard to help them become familiar with a keyboard layout. It also functions as an e-reader, photo album, photo viewer, art studio and coloring book, and comes pre-loaded with three games.
Now all that is great, right? But there is more. The MobiGo 2 comes equipped with a motion sensor and microphone and was designed for on-the-go play. The kids have to twist and turn it, speak to it and shake it around to play the games.The microphone is cool: you can blow into the microphone to move objects, blow of dust, or initiate other special effects. Speaking into it gives commands or triggers actions. It’s a really interactive device!
I was worried that the kids might be too rough with it, but it seems that the MobiGo 2 can take a beating! They have dropped it and shaken it right out of their hands and it still works perfectly. I like that I don’t have to worry about them breaking it the same way I worry about them handling my iPad and smart phone.
It’s also lightweight and small enough to be put in my purse. It goes everywhere with us: in the car, the doctor’s office, keeps the kids busy while I’m shopping or running errands. If we go on long car rides, I can keep them occupied with educational games that I know aren’t promoting violence.
How do the kids like it? They LOVE it! Ethan got to choose a few games from the MobiGo 2 website. And every week, he can choose another one if he does all of his chores, etc. And he really wanted the game Brave, because he can’t wait to see the movie. He loves the game because it’s fun and he says it “makes me brave”. I love the game because whether he knows it or not, he’s learning about shapes, logic, problem-solving, spelling, vocabulary, and science.
The girls love the Art Master game. The love to draw and color on the screen. They also like the game Hamster Highway. Both of these games come pre-loaded and are a perfect way to introduce them to hand/eye coordination.
The only problem? I only have one and I need one for each child! This has become a hot item in our house and while each of them get time to play on it, they can get even more time by completing chores, not fighting with each other, and using magic words (please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me) without being reminded.
My kids love their MobiGo 2 and I will shout from the mountain tops that if you have young kids, it’s a learning tool worth checking out! I would recommend also purchasing the rechargeable battery kit and car adapter if you don’t want to spend a fortune on batteries because the kids will wear them out. The MobiGo 2 can be purchased for just $59.99. A steal if you ask me. And with Christmas right around the corner, it would make a perfect gift!
Looking for another gift suggestion for young boys? They’ll love the VTech Switch & Go Dinos!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.