Thursday, September 27, 2012

Technology-related toys for the family from Rentsmart

Technology-related toys for the family

With the way technology is growing and changing, we'd be hard-done to ignore the progress that's being made! Technology is a great tool that can be used to help your entire family - you just need to know what to buy! If you're stuck for ideas, here are a few great tech buys that every family should have for the little ones and the grown-ups!

Tablet While tablets are fairly costly, when you discover how useful they are, you'll be wishing that you had bought one sooner! Your kids can play endless games on the tablet that help develop their cognitive function and creativity; and what's better, you and your hubby can also download and install so many apps that will help you in your day-to-day life. Try out the Apple iPad if you want an easy-to-use option; if you're after something more customisable,  an Android tablet will serve your needs just fine. If you're still not convinced, don't just take others' words for it - use a rental company like Rentsmart to try before you buy. Alternatively, there are cheaper tablets designed especially for children as well.

Video camerasNo, no - don't buy your child an HD camera that they can easily break. There are plenty of cheap video cameras for the budding young filmmaker: from the Barbie with a video camera necklace to Fisher's Tough Kid Video Camera, these cameras are designed for durability so your child can explore the world through a lens. If you want a creative use for these cameras, set up a competition; give your kids ten minutes with the camera, and tell them to record something that they find interesting, and whoever wins gets to choose the movie your family is going to watch for that week.

Video game console Video game consoles are no longer simply shoot-em-ups designed for the adult or teenager. With the new innovations in technology, there are video game consoles for kids of every age, and most of these will help with their development in some way. If you want to encourage your kids to get more active, the Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 Kinect is the perfect way to get their little bodies moving while having fun. On the other hand, if you want your kids to have something cheaper that will entertain them on long car trips and in their own bedrooms, you can't go wrong with the Nintendo 3DS - it's a portable gaming device with plenty of puzzle-solving games to help them learn while having fun.

Technology can be daunting and the rate of technological advancement is increasing at an exponential rate. This doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon, so take advantage of technology and use it to help keep your little ones learn and have fun at the same time.

Katie Bath is a mummy of three who absolutely adores technology. She loves her tablet and downloads new games for her children every single week.

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