I know I'm not the only parent out there that has to give up the iPad to the children on a regular basis, and that's why we're putting the LeapFrog LeapPad in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. It's a personalized learning tablet optimized for kids ages 4 through 9. It's got a 5-inch touch display, built-in camera that can record video, and ships with four apps. More apps are available for download, and they focus on various educational topics like reading, math, science, geography, art, music, and more. You can pick up the LeapPad on Amazon now for $99.
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We’ve gotta hand it to PeeWee PC, as their Pivot Tablet Laptop looks exactly like something that would be a home run in the hands of a technology-curious child. Don’t go comparing this to the OLPC XO, though, because the Pivot Tablet starts at $599.99. What do you get for the cash? Let’s run down some of the specs. First of all, the Pivot Tablet Laptop if drop-resistant and spill-resistant, which immediately should give a bit of piece of mind to parents (like me) who know the horrors of kids + tech + juice. It also has a handle, making it easy for the children to tote the 3 pound device around. Getting into the nitty gritty, the Pivot Tablet Laptop sports a 10-inch touch-sensitive rotating display with stylus, 6-cell Li-ion battery, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a 60GB hard drive. Not too shabby. You’ve also got two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and the whole thing ships with Windows XP Home, which is customized with a theme of your choice (things liek Disney, Sci-Fi, etc.). Being a device for kids, there is also a security suite that let’s you keep on eye on what the little one is up to while using the device as well.
You can pick one up starting today.
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Speaking of Yoko, she will be at the CES promoting the the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. It is a not-for-profit mobile recording studio that allows kids to make some music and produce videos free of charge. There will be live events, aside from Ms. Ono, that will include the Black Eyed Peas and give-aways, so it has to be worth a peek. By the way, if you don’t make it there you can check the site which includes future appearances such as Macworld next week.
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If you’re looking for a cool educational gift for a kid (or adult) this holiday season, we suggest the Illuminated Rotating Universe Tabletop Globe. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s quite self-explanatory: the globe has a built-in motor allowing it to rotate constantly (this feature can be shut off). And it automatically lights up in the dark—displaying an accurate view of the astronomical night sky, including 88 constellations! Cool! The multi-tasking globe measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 17"H, and earns rave customer reviews on the Discover Channel Store’s website. Who wouldn’t love this? Available for $90 USD.
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Yes, he’s a cuddly and awfully sweet teddy bear, and even has a red heart on his chest. Awwwwwwww! But CPR Teddy is all business, as he was actually designed to teach child and infant CPR and Choking Rescue. Just press his paw, and voice prompts teach you the basics. That red heart? That’s where you perform chest compressions as a beeping metronome keeps the pace. That innocuous-looking bow tie? It lights up green or red according to how well you’re doing. And when you perform rescue breathing, Teddy’s chest will rise up and down. CPR Teddy may be a far cry from our beloved Build-a-Bear, but we love him just the same. Available for $80-$130 USD.