My son, like many others, has taken over my phone and IPad. I swore when I had kids I was never going to let them tune into electronics, but I realized the other day the best way to get my phone back may be to give Daniel his own tablet. I was initially going to buy the LeapPad because we’ve had luck with the LeapReader, but my boyfriend told me about the Nabi Tablet he bought for his kids. We got it in the mail yesterday from Amazon, and I fell in love immediately!
My inclination to get the LeapPad was because I thought Daniel would like the character-based games. I chose the Nabi because it was something he could grow into. The Nabi is essentially just a kid-safe Android tablet. There are two formats: Nabi Mode and Parent Mode. In Parents mode, which is password protected, there are all of the features of an Android and apps to control your kids’ settings. Nabi mode (Kids’ Mode) shows any apps you’ve allowed them to have access to as well as their Wings learning curriculum and KoozUniversity learning games. So far, in a day, this is what I’ve discovered:
-I got the Nabi 2S for a little over a hundred dollars with Amazon Prime.
-You can make a separate account for each child to control settings individually. This allows them separate curriculum in Wings University and separate rights.
-There is a chore chart you can set up in the Parent Mode; it’s visible in Nabi mode but can only be managed in Parent Mode. Parents can set up coin rewards for every chore that is checked off. Coins are then used to purchase games from the Treasure Box in Nabi Mode.
-Parents can limit time allowed on the Nabi as well as set curfews for certain times. I didn’t consider the curfew at first, but this will come in handy to keep Daniel from sneaking tablet time after bed time. Kids can earn more time by spending time on certain apps. For instance, if Daniel spends 30 minutes on one of the learning apps, he can earn 30 more minutes to his 1 hour limit per day.
-Parents can view how much time is spent in each app. They can also view progress from some of the learning apps.
-Daniel really enjoyed Wings University. We are only at the beginning, so I don’t know if there is a subscription down the road. I did have to purchase “learning paths” for him, but I did that before really exploring what they had (enthusiastic). As they progress, they earn stars, badges, and coins.
-As your kid grows up and you allow more and more rights, it essentially becomes a regular tablet that you can monitor.
-It is very durable. You can tell it was made well and can withstand some beating.
-There is an intial start-up fee. I believe it was only $2.00.
-The coins cost real money. Daniel was so excited for “nickels” that I caved and spent $9.99 on 300. They’ll last awhile, though, because he only gets 2 per chore.
-We both loved Wings University, but the KoozUnversity, which has separate apps for different subjects, was way beyond Daniel’s skills. We chose the Kindergarten level, but it expected him to be able to read instructions that were beyond Kindergarten reading and understand content that was past his age. For example, the first lesson in science has a page for kids to read about products of matter with a list of what is made of what. Then, he’s expected to look at group of pictures and choose what they are made of. It will be useful when he is older, but until he can read it’s not going to help us. Also, KoozUniversity requires an annual subscription, though it’s not expensive at all.
Has anyone else tried Nabi or another kids’ tablet? Let me know your thoughts!