Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review: VTech Bugsby Reading System

VTech's newest learning product is the Bugsby Reading System which debuted in stores last month. I was given a Bugsby and 2 Bugsby books to review for my readers. The system includes a book and cartridge (system retails for just $29.99) and was easy to get set up and working. I received 2 additional books with my Bugsby - "Save The Chimp" for ages 3-5 and "Bugsby and the Magical Museum" for ages 5-7. The books retail for $12.99 and feature characters known to your children such as Dora and Scooby-Doo. The Bugsby is geared towards children 3-7 and lets them interact while providing a safe forum to practice reading skills.

To use the system, your child just touches the pen to the words in the book and listens as the story comes to life. This system makes reading fun and really focuses on what kids find interesting!

My system was tried out by a 4 year old and a 7 year old and both loved it! I was worried it would be "too babyish" for the older child but it wasn't at all and she had a ball. The pen was easy to use and the books were fun and age-appropriate. It was easy to see that the Bugsby was making learning fun - so much so the kids had no idea they were learning something! To me, that is the hallmark of a great educational toy.

The Bugsby system and accompanying books are available at retail locations nationwide. At just $29.99 for the system which includes a book, this reading system is more affordable than its competition and just as (if not more) helpful! VTech is the trusted name in children's educational toys. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and/or sign up for Club VTech where you can learn more about their products and get updates and special offers.
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