DS will be 3 next month, he loves playing on the PC which obviously eats in to my MN time so we though we'd get him a little toy laptop. he knows his numbers and some letters so we want something that will help him with that but will be fun for him (ie keep him out of my hair for more than 5 minutes!!)
My mum bought one for ds1 (3.7) when ds2 arrived. It's a chad valley one from Woolies and is great, has lots of different "learning" games that he is really interested in. There are a few games which are a bit too advanced for him yet but he still likes the sounds they make and to me this just means it's got some good mileage yet! The games could be a bit old for your lo but the sounds/lights etc will keep him occupied until he's old enough to play them! Good luck in getting your laptop back
DS2 (3) has a little V tech laptop. He plays for it for 5 minutes every couple of weeks. He rather play with his older brothers nintendo or visit the cbeebies or nick junior website and play the games there. The toy laptop has not really tempted him away from the pc at all.
I do think they are a good idea. But many are too basic. Not sure which one is the best. But don't give up on the IDEA. My sil works with children , many have learning difficulties. And they HIGHLY recommend laptops and actual computer usage for 3-5 year olds. I am not sure it is recommended by EVERY educational organisation. But many certainly do.
v tech smailes are going so sheap on e bay and with games too must say havent lost so far with this ds loves to play it even managed to get him a v tech pocket for when we go away as he stays amused for ages with it best one so far
thank you for all suggestions! am looking into the vtech pcoket but it says ages 5 - 9. is that just erring on the side of caution or is it really more suitable for older tots. (i don't want screams of 'mommy! i need help!' every 5 mintues!)
no v tech smile is age 3 thats the console v ytech pocket is hand held and my ds is 3.3 and he can do it but the console is what he had first which is easier same games work in pocket just great for when away from home and need entertainment but ds had console from 2 half