Now, I’m not normally a big fan of electronics for little kids, but since I let them play on my iPhone, I agreed to let them try out the new Fisher Price iXL. This sturdy little touch-screen device comes pre-loaded with a number game, a read-aloud story, and a doodling program. The cute animations are of little monkeys that make us all laugh, and the story is appropriately paced for preschoolers. I’ve enjoyed their interest in this iphone-sized personal electronic device (it’s significantly thicker than the iPhone, but approximately the same length and width.
What I didn’t expect was how much more fun we’d have with it when we put the CD in and customized it, which I finally did this weekend. Now each of the boys have their own login, customized with their name, picture, favorite colors — and the included story picks up on the favorites that I entered, so the story is slightly different for each kid!
I also spent a little time uploading some favorite pictures of family and friends, as well as MP3 files of our favorite kids’ CDs — and now the iXL is their very own digital picture frame (with full-featured doodle program for them to customize their own pictures!) AND MP3 player. Which means we now have music whereever we go – and with a good speaker so that they (and only they) can hear their music in the backseat of the car, at Grandma’s house, or in the playroom, even if I forget to turn the music on!
Which I do sometimes. Motherhood? Is demanding. This little device empowers my kids to flip through photos and play their own music — I’m sure we’ll be using it a lot this holiday season!
Now, where did I put that Christmas music?
Disclosure: Fisher Price sent me an iXL to review after BlogHer.