SmarteBear sings award winning songs (with a wide variety from lullaby's, fun songs, learning songs and dancing songs), tells interactive stories, plays educational games and more! This is the toy of the times, because it is the ipod for toddlers with being able to download more songs, games and stories to suit you and your child's likes and tastes. The SmarteBear comes with a USB port that you just plug into the computer. This toy can grow with your child, too because as your child's tastes change, you can change SmarteBear's settings online.
There is a box (about the size of a deck of cards) inside the back Velcro pocket on the SmarteBear. On this box is also the power button, and 2 volume buttons (up and down). That is a huge plus about this toy! He gives kids options to chose which activity he will do next by either squeezing his hand for yes, or squeezing his foot for no. I really like that feature because it gives kids options, and lets them be in control of how they want to play. I think this toy is great for individual play, road trips, nap times, and more! There is even a headphone jack on the plastic battery case, so my kids can play and have fun without me needing to listen to it over and over. Another Parent bonus!
My kids have had so much fun with it already! I am sure it will be a toy they will wear out!
SmarteBear teaches the kids their colors with the colorful circles on his paws (hands and feet). In this picture, Caleb is playing Simon Says with his SmarteDog! SmarteDog says,"Simon says squeeze my red hand." Not only does Caleb have to find the right color, he has to know if it is the hand or foot. I think this builds up great listening skills, coordination, and following directions.
This is an excellent choice for your little toddler, and it would make a great Christmas gift! SmarteBear not only won the NAPPA Gold award , but also was a Dr. Toy's Best 10 Technology Toys and Best 100 Products, Top Kid Tech Gifts in Tom's Guide, won a Greatest Products award from iParenting Media Awards! Intellitoys smart-e-bear is a joint venture with award-winning Kids Preferred. Together they created the newest software that is stored in these adorable animals!
Designed for ages 2+, and specifically for those who are not reading yet up to age 6. Smart-e-bear retails for $79.99 and can be found at online retailers ToysRUs, Target, Hammacher, Amazon, and other specialty toy stores. Requires 2 "AA" batteries, included for demonstration (will need to be replaced).
Would you like a chance to win a SmarteBear? Just in time for Christmas, Intellitoys and KidsPreffered has offered to sponsor a giveaway for my readers! This contest is open to all readers living in the Continental United States. To get your first entry, you need to go to the SmarteBear website, click on Fun & Educational Songs, Stories and Games and choose a category. Come and let me know what you found to be interesting and which you would download if you had a smart-e-bear. You may come back each day and enter (again) after you do the first rule, just leave a comment about what other great things you found out at the SmarteBear website. Click here to see how you can earn extra credits to win, and click here to see guidelines and the official rules. Contest will end on December 15th, at 7:00 PM CST. GOOD LUCK!