Any of you with suggestions of learning and educational toys for a 2 year old would be welcome, but I'm specifically looking at getting Bradley either a V-Tech VReader or a Leapfrog Tag Junior. Both are toys geared at instilling an early love for books, and teaching them the building blocks for reading.
From my preliminary research, here's what I've gathered:
- Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill - such as the alphabet, counting or social play - through 24 playful activities and more than 130 audio responses.
- Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures or activities to life.
- After their child has played, parents can connect the book pal to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child's progress and get printable activities to expand the learning!
- Included sampler book, If I Were.., has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.
It retails for $54 at Walmart right now, and is for kids ages 3-7. Unlike the Tag Junior, books are not something separate to keep up with, you download them right to the system. It's more money upfront, but should grow with your child longer, assuming they will play with the same toy for 4 years. (I can't think of any toy that I played with for that long, with the exception of my Barbie House.)
- 4.3" color touchscreen
- Plays fully animated stories with story narration, character voices, vivid graphics and music and sounds
- Includes 3 ways to play: watch the story, reading games and story dictionary
- USB port and SD memory card slot for expansion
- You can download books online- looks like the books are about $20
- Many titles available online to download for free