The right electronic toys can make early learning
fun and give your child a little jump on the school year. Toddler toys that aim to teach
the alphabet work best when they connect a picture of each letter to its phonic sound.
Toys that connect words to images can help preschoolers learn about reading. Electronic
toys that sound out words can help your child begin to understand that everything in our
world can be verbally identified. You can make an iPad or Android tablet better for
hands-on learning with toys that bring games into three dimensions. These reinforce motor
skills and spatial thinking along with the learning. Some kid tablets include cameras
and special effect apps for added creativity. Look for one with games geared toward your
child’s school year for grade appropriate learning. Videos can be educational too, and
can often be played without Wi-Fi. And there’s no harm in calling upon some favorite characters
to encourage your child to read some ebooks.