We’re all about reading here at this house. You should see my children’s book cases (yes, we have two full)! In fact, when it comes down to Christmas and Birthday presents they usually have book titles right on top of the list.
That’s why I was MORE than excited to discover the new Poingo reading system. It is the next generation of interactive books. You simply use the pen shaped Poingo to touch pictures or text on a page to hear it come alive. It uses a mini scanner to “read” microscopic symbols throughout a Poingo- enable book. What better way to bring your children’s favorite character alive with stories, songs, sounds, and games!?
The Starter set includes Poingo and two over sized hardcover books featuring character from the Disney Pixar films Cars and Finding Nemo. You can find an array of titles as well such as Cinderella, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, and Winnie the Pooh. The really cool thing about this product, as opposed to other leading brands, is that the interactive content for all six launch titles is already loaded into the memory on the pen. There is no need for downloading each title. This is an A+ in my book after seeing my daughter’s impatient fit when we realized we had to download the books with the Tag System she got for her Birthday this year.
As new titles become available, you can use the free content manager on the Poingo website to download your stories. With 256 megabytes of internal memory capacity, 50 different books at one time can be stored, allowing children to build a large library of fun, interactive stories. I’m really excited because in 2009, more cool books will be released such as: Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Princesses, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.
The pen itself takes two AAA batteries which are included, and a USB cable for easy connection to a home computer, and features a headphone jack for those times you just need a little silence. All you Moms know EXACTLY what I’m talking about here!
There is one Momma Improvement I think I would make and that would be the ability to sound out each word. The pen does a wonderful job at reading the page so your child can follow along, but from what I could see, there is no way to start in the middle of the page or sound out a word for a slower individual learning experience.
Overall, this is definitely a pleaser for the Holidays, being a wonderful learning tool to help engage and foster the love of reading.
Geared at ages 3 and up, the Poingo Starter Set retails for approximately $34.99 with individual books selling for $9.99 each, VERY affordable! You can make a purchase in the children’s book department of places such as: Target, Toys ‘R’ Us, Walmart, Sam’s clubs, Costco, and BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, as well as www.discoverpoingo.com.
Without fail, Momma Findings will bring one lucky winner to a euphoria of happiness by giving you a Poingo Starter set of your own! You think your children will be happy seeing this under the tree?!
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d give it to this Christmas. That’s it!
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