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Kids want to be like their parents, for some children that includes playing video and computer games, especially in today's high-tech world. Parents are often reluctant to allow preschoolers to take advantage of video games and computer programs as there doesn't seem to be a lot of quality content geared for this age. Many toy and electronics companies have stepped in to try to fill this void, some with success and some without. The V-Smile by V-Tech is one instance where the need is filled successfully.
The V-Smile is an educational video game system designed to be used by preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades, those in the three to seven year old age range. The actual system itself costs around $50 year-round with seasonal sale prices as low as $30. The system comes with one game cartridge, which, depending upon the specific cartridge will include between four and eight seperate learning games. Additional game cartridges are readily available and based on popular children's characters, from princesses to superheros. The games teach basic educational skills from phonics to counting to thinking skills. The V-Smile plugs into most televisions, though it may not work on some much older televisions, namely those manufactured before 1997.
Potential downfalls of the system include the fact that it runs on batteries, which can cost a small fortune. To remedy the battery issue you can purchase a seperate AC adaptor for $10. The system does come with one game cartridge, however, additional titles will cost you $15-20 which can add up quickly, unlike an adult gaming system there isn't a trade-in option locally available for games, though you can save money by buying used games online. Additionally, the system only comes with one controller, so if you have more than one child of this age you may find yourself settling a lot of arguments or buying a second controller for $20.
As with any video game system playing in excess can lead to addiction and lack of exercise and free thought, so always have your child play in moderation with plenty of play and exercise between gaming.
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