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October 1, 2008

VTech V-Motion Gaming System for Kids

I admit that I'm new to the whole kid gadget thing. My daughter is almost three and can still be easily amused and/or swayed by bright shiny objects. A blinking ring from the dollar store can make her day.

When I met VTech at Blogher this summer I was skeptical and a bit in awe of all their gadgety toys for the tots age on up. Would my kid even dig a machine like this? She likes our Wii though, so why not? I tested out the new V-Motion Active Learning System (Ages 3-7 years) with her and found out a few things.

First, my kid does have an attention span longer than a gnats and two, it only really applies to video game, computer-like toys such as the V-Motion Active Learning System ($69.99). This device is fairly easy to set up. It only took about fifteen minutes and the whole time she was clamoring for it. The chunky box and bright colors really work their magic and entice the little ones. I loved how the remote was large and easy to use. The buttons are not hard to press and the joy stick moves around nicely. The games teach skills in math, spelling, reading and science. It is designed to keep your kid active while playing too. It not only stimulates their brain but their body as well. My daughter stayed engaged as she played the Dora the Explorer balancing game for way longer than I thought possible. While it took her a bit to figure out how the whole thing worked, I was amazed at how fast she navigated the games and device as a whole. Then again she knows how to work the DVD player and can pause the television now. The V-Motion Active Learning System is simply wireless, action-required, motion-activated play done right.

The only drawback I saw to it was that while my kid did not notice or mind the graphics on the screen my husband was dismayed at the quality. He likened it to old Atari trying to look like a Wii game. Maybe, but the bright colors on the screen and familiar characters were all that mattered to my child. Also, the fact that a USB cord is not included with the game was a bit of a drawback. However, the system is compatible with the V.Smile Smartridges library ($19.99 each) so there are a many games to choose from. Overall, it's a great system and my child loves playing it. I just have to monitor how long she plays with it.

This would make an excellent gift for a family with kids this holiday season or to surprise a child on their birthday. With that in mind, VTech has offered to giveaway a system to ONE lucky reader from this website. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address (I need to get in touch with you!) and I'll draw a winner at random by Saturday, October 4!

55 comments:

Tiffany said...

I usually avoid electronic things like this....but for free, I'd check it out. We don't own any gaming systems at all, but I think I could allow this one in my house :-)

Anonymous said...

Michelle J:
I would love to win this for my daughter.
watson(at)zerostreet(dot)net

julie said...

love to win this for my nephew for an x-mas gift!
3beez at bellsouth dot net

Terra Jones said...

Would love this!

TerraLJones(@)gmail(dot)com

angela said...

I think this would be great fun for my toddler!

angelack at hotmail dot com

Tuesday Girl said...

My children are too little for wii, but this looks great for them. I would love to win it for them.

tuesdayef (at) aol dot com

mom2boys said...

I have wanted to get my son a V Smile game system for some time. This looks great too. Please enter me!

Aimee said...

This sounds great! My daughter would love this.

lrbodine said...

This would be perfect for the family get togethers at our house with the nieces and nephews (and I'm sure my daughter would love it too). ltbodine@yahoo.com

Kristie said...

I think my little ones would love to try this out!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Alice H said...

I'd never heard of this - thanks for the review! Sounds really cool. afdr3d@umkc.edu

Kay said...

my daughter loves to play with my laptop, so i think should would love this!

mommysupershopper@gmail.com

Kay said...

my daughter loves to play on my laptop, she would love this!

mommysupershopper@gmail.com

Mama Zen said...

I'd love to check this out!

kelli at pfrog dot net

Chrissy said...

I would love this for my son.

Buki Family said...

i have heard a lot of great things about this gaming system

sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

Nadia said...

I have a boy who would love this!
Thanks!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

The Saunders Family said...

so much better than the other gaming systems they have out there
mom2maria at hotmail dot com

Katie said...

This looks so fun!
katiekarr at gmail dot com

marcyp06@hotmail.com said...

Fantastic! Would LOVE to have this!

gimpytaz81@yahoo.com said...

This would be a great gift for my nephew for Christmas!

PS said...

Kids love video-games and at least this is educational! I'm sure my kids would love it! Thanks!

Millie said...

I have a special needs son and this would be great for him!!! What a great giveaway!!! Wow! Thank you for the chance to win such a great gift!
cadewill14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Babyluxe Dana said...

We love VTech products in our house! Get giveaway, thanks!
dana(@)babyluxedaily(dot)com

Jennifer said...

I have been looking into this system for my daughter and I love it Thanks for a chance to win one :-)

thedirtyshirtblog(at)gmail(dot)com

anne said...

i am sure my children would have a blast with this.
annsavd at gmail dot com

gunzie said...

Oehhh, my kids would love this! And with Christmas around the corner, this would make a perfect gift!
Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
ann dot guns at mac dot com

Bebemiqui said...

We could use some educational programs like this!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lindley said...

I have seen the commercial for this and my son has put it on hid birthday/Christmas list. What a great prize-thanks!
linjenals at yahoo dot com

ChristiS said...

my 5 year old would love this! Thanks for sharing!

Andre said...

This would be such a great Christmas gift.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Abby said...

Would love to win this for my niece!!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

mrs.mommyy said...

we have looked at these- they are neat

Blessings Abound said...

This looks awesome! Thanks!

akblessingsabound[at]gmail.com

CPA Mom said...

Perfect for my son - thanks for the chance to make his Christmas!

cpamomva at hotmail dot com

rebecca said...

I have been looking at this toy for a while, waiting till I heard more about it. My 5 year old could really benefit from this kind of active learning--she has soooo much energy that traditional methods like workbooks, etc. are difficult for her. Thanks for the review and for the opportunity to win a free system!

moira said...

This would make an absolutely wonderful birthday gift for my lil one.

cathyhall said...

What a giveway, I'm sure we've all got our fingers crossed. thank you so much.

Roberta said...

This looks great, I'd give it to my son for his birthday next month. - Thanks for a chance to win it.


rhubbert(at)socal(dot)rr(dot)com

Shasta said...

My boys would love to have one of these!!

thewondermomma @ gmail. com

Smiles Across Miles said...

This would be perfect for daughter for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

jag said...

I have been looking at this system. Great giveaway!

Staci said...

My son played this for the first time at a friends house last week & loved it. I think it would be wonderful for him to have one of his own. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
princess3sah(at)cs(dot)com

noreen said...

my two girl would love this. They love playing with my ds game but this would be much bigger and less likely to break. They are both the perfect age for this

Jennifer Eckborg said...

I recently saw this. I have a huge age range ... 6 kids between 3 & 18!!
The littlest ones want to be like the big ones and this seems the neatest thing to be able to give the lil set a "Wii" type experience at the level they are all at! My email is: jennifereckborg(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks so much!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I like the idea of this one - since it gets them up and moving a bit more than most systems. :)

debmomof3(at)comcast(dot)net

Lauren Horsley said...

I've wanted one of these for my two little ones for so long! It would be well loved and appreciated in our home. Thanks!

- laurenlhorsley@yahoo.com

jceko77 said...

This would be great for my nephew's 4th birthday present. I love that it's a learning toy but kids just think it's a video game:)
jceko77@yahoo.com

piece of me said...

I would love to win this for my little one.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

Apple said...

I would really really want to win this for my nephew!

applez_55 at yahoo dot com

sweetsue said...

This would be great to have for when my four and six years old grandsons visit!

missdenise said...

Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

Xenia S said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter because this would be fantastic for my daughter!

Thanks!
xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

Rockin' Mama said...

This would be awesome for my son!!!!!


jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

LisaW said...

What fun! My twin sons would just love it! Thanks!