I would say that the InnoTab is going to be too easy for an 8 year old, especially if she's very bright. I asked my husband for suggestions (he's the tech guru in the family) and he couldn't come up with anything under $100. He said she was too young for an iPad (and that's obviously much too expensive), but a Kindle Fire would be ok. Those are still way over your budget, but that's the only suggestion we have. Sorry we couldn't be more help!
The games would probably not be challenging enough for a very bright 8-year-old; my 7-year old finds it a little too young. This is best for kids 2-6, in my opinion. As far as a handheld for under $100? The DS is a good suggestion; I would wait for a lower priced "adult" tablet to come out.
I think a smart 8-year old is very close to being on the outer edge of a kid who could appreciate this. I, too, have a smart 8-year old and she can be entertained by it from time to time, but not for long and really has outgrown it. Sorry, but not sure what a better, similar item would be. Hope that helps.
I can't honestly think of anything under $100 (new) but there are some good games available that makes it interesting for my gifted 9 year old but the stuff that comes in it, not going to be challenging.
My Little Guy is three and loves the InnoTab. The innoTab has a huge assortment of programs in varying age ranges. I think at the age of 8 I might start my Little Guy out on the laptop though and keep a close eye on him. That's just my opinion though. Leslie
I agree that the InnoTab is going to be a little too easy for her. My son is six and it's not as fun/challenging for him. My four year old loves it. The games for this machine top out at age 8, and especially if she's bright I think she'd be easily bored by the games you can buy for this. Leap Pad2 I think is a little more appropriate for that age, but also she's going to top out pretty quickly. DS is probably a good option for her, though the games are not always geared towards learning if that is a concern. Good luck!
I definitely think it's worth the money. We have 5 children and all but the oldest (12) uses this toy. Our 2, 4, 7 and 9 year old children love it! I think the fact that it has a camera and you can download more games to fit your child makes it great! We have other similar products and I would definitely recommend this over the others! Good luck!
yes it would be worth it. I have a 3 year old who has the brain of a 5 year old and he loves it. Your daughter can draw, write, and play the games that are on the vtech website that you can download. It will teach her days of the week, time, I would get it.