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If you are looking for a learning-based educational toy for your child, you might want to take a look at the iXL 6-in-1 learning system from Fisher-Price.
Whilst much younger children might enjoy playing with educational toys such as the Learning Resources Cash Register or the Fisher Price Laughtop, the iXl is aimed at children from the ages of 3 years to 7 years. Another similar educational device is the MobiGo Touch Learning System which is a type of handheld gaming device.
The iXL provides your child with a great introduction to technology, whilst giving them lots of fun activities to do. It looks very much like the popular hand-held game players that are the favorite with kids these days, except that the iXL is more durable and made from tougher plastic and is designed more for younger children.
It is extremely intuitive and easy to use. Parents will not have to spend hours poring through the instruction manuals trying to figure out the different modes and ways to play.
It’s really quite simple. There are 6 different way to play:
- Digital reader
- Game reader
- Note pad
- Art Studio
- MP3 Player
- Photo viewer
Kids navigate through the different activities using a stylus that is tethered to the screen, so there is no chance of the kids managing to lose it!
Shaped like a book that opens, the iXL has a 3.5 inch TFT QVGA color screen.
The iXL – A Great Educational Toy With Fun Activities
Packed with 6 different methods of play, there is more than ample scope for learning here.
This part of the iXL includes an interactive 15-page story that is available in either reading mode or interacting mode. Great for helping your child practice reading or comprehension.
Introduce your child to the concept of counting and learning about sequences and numbers with a 3-level arcade game.
This module helps children to practice their alphabet and their writing.
The Art Studio comes with digital tools that are great for helping your kids to enhance their creativity.
The Photo viewer comes pre-loaded with 3 sample images that can be embellished and modified and more can be added when the iXL is connected to a computer.
The iXL comes pre-loaded with 5 kid’s songs.
What parents really seem to love about the iXL is that it can music and they don’t have to worry about having cartridges in order to play different games. Oh, and parents love that the stylus is attached via a tough nylon string, which means it will never go missing!
The iXL Connects To Your Computer
As well as being a standalone toy that kids can play with, you can hook the iXL up to your computer where you can add your own photos and music from your computer to the iXL. You can also download extras that will enhance your child’s experience of playing and learning with the iXL.
Keeping curious minds entertained for long periods of time can be challenging but with the iXL Learning system, you’ll find your kids have plenty to do. You won’t mind if they spend a while on the iXL because they can do lots of educational activities on it, such as practice reading and comprehension.
The only downside to the iXl seems to be that it can take a while, up to 30 minutes even with a high-speed internet cable, to download all the software. However, you only need to do this at the beginning (and there might be smaller updates thereafter).
iXL For the Family – Load Up To 5 Profiles
The iXl allows you to create up to 5 different profiles, so that everyone in the family can play.
The iXL also has:
- an SD slot for memory expansion
- built in memory of up to 150 MB
- standard headphone jack (useful on long car journeys or flights)