VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Tablet prevents “Summer Brain Drain”

Summer Brain Drain
Do you remember as a kid you would go back to school each fall feeling like you were in shape from staying active all summer only to find your legs and abs burning after one gym class because you were now using muscles you had neglected during the past few month?  Well, that is exactly what happens to your brain, too, and in a phenomenon commonly referred to as Summer Brain Drain. 

What is Summer Brain Drain, you ask?  According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer break because they are not regularly exercising their brains. 

So, how do you combat Summer Brain Drain?  You find fun ways to infuse learning into everyday activities to keep kids’ brains sharp even during the three long months of no formal schooling. 

But, how can you do that when most of the summer is spent on the go and you don’t want to spend your days cooped up inside reading or in front of screens?  You get a portable learning device that can grow with your child, offers age-appropriate content in a broad library of subjects and that keeps them learning no matter where they are.

Something like the awesome InnoTab 2S, the latest learning app tablet from V-Tech that is perfect for on the go as well as at home.  We got to review the VTech InnoTab 2S for the past few weeks and we absolutely love how much fun it is for various ages and how it keeps the kids begging to keep learning. 

Innotab 2S

So, what is it that makes the InnoTab 2S so cool?  Not only is it ruggedized and kid-tough, it’s also kid approved with grown up features like an MP3 music player, e-reader, and more that can grow with your child from pre-K to middle school.

My kids’ favorite feature is the 180° rotating camera and video recorder with face detection that both kids could spend hours playing with.  Whether they are taking fun photos and videos with real-time camera special effects or they are bedazzling pics they have already taken in the art studio, the tablet is an all-in-one masterpiece creator.  Since it’s the camera, the storage {you can even connect an SD card for even more photo options}, and the photo viewer as well as the photo editing software it makes it kid-friendly and frustration-free for even the youngest Annie Leibowitz. 
Innotab2S Playing

Of course, the InnoTab 2S also has a ton of games, books, and activities you can download or buy in stores to really customize the tablet to your child.  But, these “games” are really so much more than the simple Pong of Pac Man games we had when I was their age, these are really learning devices that are so fun that the kids have no idea that they are really learning the basics of reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, and problem solving.  These games are taken from a wide variety of curriculums developed by experts to help kids learn important concepts at younger ages than ever before.

Enjoying the InnoTab 2S
But, what’s really cool is that the InnoTab 2S goes a step further than most learning tablets with the addition of Wi-Fi capabilities.  This feature allows you to wirelessly connect to VTech’s app store, the Learning Lodge, and more, without having to connect the tablet via cable. 

Showing me what she's playing with
We unfortunately can’t get the Innotab 2S to connect to Wi-Fi at home, but I’m excited about utilizing the Wi-Fi capabilities down the road so I can get real-time tracking of my kiddos’ progress through their Learning Lodge Progress Log.  I love that I will then know what they are learning and be able to cheer them on when they have reached important milestones.

UPDATE: We were able to connect to Wi-Fi by using a YouTube troubleshooting guide {our problem was the way our Wi-Fi was configured} and we're all in now, which means we can track progress all summer long – woooohoooo!

Learning and fun with InnoTab 2S
And, even though our youngest isn’t in school yet, even he was having a blast playing with the tablet, taking pictures, and playing racing games.  On our recent multi-generation family trip we got stuck in a 2 hour mountain pass closure and we were in the car the entire time, so having the InnoTab 2S for him was a lifesaver.  

Playing with VTech InnoTab 2S in the car
The VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet comes with 17 ready-to-use apps pre loaded and 2 free downloads that equals hours of educational fun for your kiddo this summer.  And, when school is back in session in the fall, and your child seamlessly transitions back to formal schooling, the InnoTab's wide array of over 350 games and downloads can offer amazing supplemental learning to go along with subjects they are studying in school, things you do together as a family, and math and science for ages 3 through 9.  

Playing with InnoTab 2S
Does your child have a favorite popular character?  VTech has a huge variety of characters to choose from such as Mike the Knight, Angelina Ballerina, Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, Thomas & Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Sesame Street, Monsters University, Turbo, Planes, and more.

InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Tablet
The VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet retails for $99.99.  It has a 5” color touch screen with direct brightness control and comes in gray (blue) and purple (pink).  It requires 4 AA batteries and is compatible with the VTech AC adaptor and car adaptor.

Other hardware/software features include :

  •     4 user profiles + 1 guest
  •     Motion controlled tools in Art Studio
  •     Photo frame stand
  •     One-touch Help button
  •     One touch camera access
  •     Protective rubber corners
  •     Parental setting – content lock
  •     Memory capacity status
  •     AR game using camera
  •     400 Mhz Processor
  •     2GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with memory card slot (card not included)
  •     2 styluses with hole for string

To learn more about the InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet and all the amazing features to combat Summer Brain Drain, visit the VTech website.  You can also follow VTech on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on all new product releases and more.

And Now For the Giveaway!
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This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and a big congrats to Cristi who won the giveaway.

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big thank you to VTech for providing a VTech tablet to facilitate this review as well as a giveaway to our fabulous readers.  As always,
all opinions are 100% ours.

313 thoughts on “VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Tablet prevents “Summer Brain Drain””

  1. My daughter would love the camera on it. That’s her favorite thing to do is take pictures. The Art Studio sounds pretty cool, too.

  2. I like the durability–this is a great for kids to learn to use technology in a device that is made for kids.

  3. I love that it allows for multiple user profiles.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  6. my son would love the camera he would have so much fun with this since he always wants my tablet

  7. My favorite feature of the Vtech InnoTab 2S is the integrated video camera. My daughter would have a lot of fun with it.

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  9. I love the amount of apps they have for this system.There is enough there in all different price ranges to keep a kid engaged in learning.Thanks!

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