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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2007
My five year old grandaughter is having lots of fun with this game. I ordered it for her birthday. Her mother finds the educational material an excellent reinforcement for what she is learning at school. She likes its versatility. My grandaughter enjoys it most when she connects it to the computer.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2007
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I bought this as a learning tool for my grandson who's in kindergarten. He hardly plays with anything else. Once very shy when it came to participating in class, now he's the first one to raise his hand. Excellent learning tool for beginers in reading and math...and so much more
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2008
The Whiz Kid unit itself comes with a pretty cool learning CD called "Wondertown," but the CD set it comes with is more like a survey of activities for kids ranging anywhere from 3-6. Some of the activities are:

-You have 2 one-dollar-bills and you go to a snack machine with prices on the snacks. What can you buy?
-Telling time.
-Giving you a picture like a boat, you have the word "b _ _ t," and the child is supposed to choose the right vowel combination (oa, oo, ee, ea) to make that word
-Tracing numbers, letters, and pictures (which is one of the activities appopriate for my preschooler)
-Nursery rhymes and stories. Your child is following the story, pretending to act out that particular motion on the page (like stirring a bowl would have a picture of a bowl and the child is making circles with the pen).

I really think if you are buying this toy you should buy the age-specific books to go with it. The Whiz Kid is very cool but most activities are too hard for a 3-year-old. We bought two Pre-K CDs for it and they are much more appropriate for him but I still feel this should be age-rated at 4+.

I think the Wondertown activities are better than the themed activities that are the Pre-K/K CDs (like Thomas, Bob the Builder, Spiderman, Dora). It's a shame they didn't sell the Whiz Kid for slightly less with no books included, and created Wondertowns for each age group and sold them separately. JMO.

It's definitely better than other Vtech products. Normally I despise Vtech with a passion and bought this based on the good reviews. I am not disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
I purchased the Vtech Whiz kid system as a Christmas present for my two year old. It is a wonderful system and a great learning tool... unfortunately, not for a two year old. From the pictures and videos I've seen, I thought it would be much easier for him to use. I don't regret buying it though because he will grow into it and does enjoy playing with it, but with my assistance. My older children enjoy it and have learning a few things from it. It is easy for them to play, and very rewarding when they choose the correct answer. It plugs into the computer and you can track each childs progress. My favorite feature of this product is the CD rom that comes with the game....if my son destroys one of the pages, it is easily replaced by printing one out. I haven't tried this yet and am not sure how it works, but since I was purchasing this for a two year old, that played a big factor in choosing this system over others. I bought rechargeable batteries for this game and with almost 8 hours of play time, they have not gone dead yet!!! I would recommend this toy to other parents! Your child can play it at home on or off the computer as well as take it along in the car for quiet car rides. This toy will be a good learning tool for my son as soon as he grows into it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2009
My 3 yr old son enjoyed whizkid until the stylus broke within few months so thought I will just order replacement!! but Vtech does not have writing stylus available!! so now the peice is just juck! it cannot be used without the stylus!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2008
The VTech Whiz Kid is a pretty neat toy. My two year old has this toy and has learned quite a bit from it. Depending on which games you purchase for it (she mainly uses what came with it) the levels go from easy to harder. She enjoys playing all of the differnt games, counting apples, doing colors. She understands pretty much all of them, and you can even download onto the computer so parents can review their progress. I would recommend keeping all of the excess pages away from a child this small, because once they become bent and beaten up, they don't seem to work as great. Overall, i'd recommend it to others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2008
Although my 3 and 4 year olds enjoy this toy, they need a lot of supervision to operate it. They already know the alphabet, letter sounds, colors, shapes, have some number skills, and can do any game on the Noggin website on their own, but they have trouble on Whiz Kid with the pen and can't read the activity buttons. Also, the power switch is not in the best place and can be accidentally hit. I found that the activities would be good for maybe 5-7 year olds, but it is misleading to think that 3-4 year olds could use it independently. Also, the activity pages are easily bent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2008
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It's great and I am getting ready to purchase other Whiz Kid games. Since my 2 1/2 has mastered the mouse, all he wants are computer games. I purchased the Whiz Kid to see if it would challenge him and it does. When we are home we play together on the computer but when we are on the road he can play with it in the vehicle. Only down side is all the sheets. They get dispersed quickly in the vehicle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
I am not a big fan of V-Tech producs that are aimed at our children. They just ususally don't do much but this one is so different in my opinion. I had to look high and low for one of these because they retired it. I bought some software from Toys R Us on clearance not knowing that they had retired it. When I called V-tech they said it had been retired for about 3 years. The software allows you to have just enough of a glimpse on your PC that you can tell whether or not you would be interested in the product. I was hooked and wanted one for my child after viewing it on the computer. Amazon had a few and people were selling them for way over a hundred bucks which unless you have a lot of extra money I don't think "toys" are worth it. I won the bid on Ebay and paid 22.50 ( before shipping). When I got it and could go through the programs ( it came with 3) I knew all that looking was worth it. Like other reviews I do believe it is over the head of a 3 and most 4 year olds. My child likes it so much but I think it will be more beneficial around 5 so I am going to see if I can sneak it away. I would not recogmend this for a child that still uses things like a baby would ( rought) because it isn't a toy and is delicate but not cheaply made. It is a computer so it should be treated like one. A few drops on the floor and it is gone which is to be expected. So a more mature child will be able to handle it. I got it to be able to hook it up to a PC because it comes to life that way. If you use it the way it comes it is more like a Leap Pad made 15 years after the Leap Pad was released. It has way better activities. If you find one in your price range then i would recommend getting it for your little one. I hate that V-Tech only came out with I think about 5 games. I have all of them except for Dora. We don't do Dora over here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2008
I bought this toy for my 2 1/2 old son and he loves it! It's very easy to use and it comes with lot's of activities. The Whiz system comes with a game cartridge and 20 double sided sheets, which "comes alive", after you place it on the Whiz board. My son enjoy this game and the fact that he can flip the page and have a whole new game on the other side. I also purchased the Thomas the Train game, however I recomend for you to start with the game that comes with it so your child can get a feel for it, and you can see if she/he like it or not, before spending extra $$. Overall it's a great learning game!
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