V.Smile Motion (With Game) £27 @ Amazon
There's no getting away from it - kids of all ages love computer games/console games (call them what you will!) and if they don't have any of their own they're going to be harassing you to play yours!
So here's a solution - a games console for little kids (well aged 3 to 9 years...that's still little in my eyes) with an educational edge to keep us parents happy.
Don't worry about your little cherub becoming a gaming slug though as this system encourages kids to get up and be active as they learn along with their favourite characters - available games include Dora the Explorer, Scooby Doo, Kung Fu Panda and more.
The games will help develop basic maths skills; counting, number identification and basic arithmatic; letter names and sounds; age appropiate spellings; logic skills and strategic thinking through games; memory skills; discovery and exploration; basic science concepts; and motor skills. PHEW! I think that just about covers everything then!
The V.Smile Motion console comes with 1 game and 1 motion sensor controller which can be switched to suit both right and left-handed players (you can buy additional controllers separately). The console needs 4 AA batteries, the controller needs 3 x AAA batteries and there is NO mains adaptor (you can buy one of them separately if you wish - I probably would or take out shares in Duracell (other battery company shares are probably available!)).
SuperSaver delivery option available as usual so you'll save yourself postage as well as £32.99 off the rrp; bargain!
Thanks to lucerysmum over at HUKD!