Edutab Mini Smart Children's tablet from Jupiter Creations is a bilingual learning toy that has the look of an iPad. Icons on the static screen are actually buttons that teach kids how to count, spell, learn words, practice their ABCs and more in both English and Spanish.
There are five different modes of play. For Alphabet Learning mode, press the Letters icon at the bottom of the screen. Then kids can press on the different letters of the alphabet to have them said aloud.
Activate Letter Learning mode by pressing the Words icon. This mode is similar to Alphabet Learning mode in that kids press the letters to hear words that start with that letter said aloud.
Press the Spelling icon to move on to Spelling & Counting Learning Mode. This mode will spell out numbers and words for your child. Press a number to have it spelled out loud. Press a letter to hear a word, indicated by the picture on the icon, spelled out loud.
Kids can also move into Games mode by pressing the Where Is? button. The Edutab Mini prompts kids to find a word, letter, or number. If they get it right, they'll hear a chime sound and the words, "That's correct!" If they get it wrong, they'll hear a boing noise and the Edutab Mini will ask them to "Try again."
We like the clever design of this toy since kids often want to do and use the same things they see mom and dad using. We also think the size of the toy makes it a good option to engage kids with learning on-the-go.
However, there were a lot of problems we found with the bilingual features of the toy, particularly for non-Spanish speakers.
The Edutab Mini Smart Children's tablet is for ages 3 and up.
When you first turn on the toy, it immediately launches into Spanish mode. Hit the English/Spanish button in the bottom right corner to switch to English.
If kids need to hear something repeated, just press the Repeat button. Kids can also press the colorful TV button or the piano button to hear music.
The Letter Learning and Games Modes in Spanish will likely cause some confusion for non-Spanish speakers. In Letter Learning Mode, the pictured corresponding to the letter differ in English and Spanish, as indicated by a smaller image for Spanish mode. For example, apple in Spanish does not start with the letter A, so a different word avion, meaning plane is also pictured. Often times, when a young child is learning new languages, they will alternate between them, speaking Spanglish, so with different photos linked to completely different words, we think this may cause more confusion. The Hispanic speaker voicing the Spanish mode also does not clearly enunciate the words in Games Mode, making it difficult for a non-Spanish speaker to determine what word is being stated. We think, especially for a three-year-old it will quickly get frustrating.
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