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Top 3 Tech Gadgets for Traveling with Children

Traveling with children is important to many families. It broadens their learning through exposure to new environments, cultures, and ways of life.  The rich experiences provide the foundation for future learning and growth.  Here are three tech gadgets that will make your travels easy and enjoyable.

Kindle Paperwhite

1. Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle is the best item we have ever purchased for our son.  We purchased it for him when he was seven and he has grown from an amazing reader to an avid reader who cannot put books down.  While we started with the basic Kindle, we recommend our readers start with the Kindle Paperwhite because it is age appropriate and helps children stay focused on the main intent of the device – reading.   The added advantage of the Paperwhite is the built-in light which allows children the fun of reading in closets, under covers and in other fun places with true ease.  The Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for traveling with children because they can carry it themselves and become engrossed in books that will help the time pass.  Additionally, the Kindle Paperwhite uses a standard charger so it works with most Android device chargers and so on.  No extra cords is an added bonus for parents!  The Kindle Paperwhite costs $119 with special offers and $139 without special offers and can be purchased an Amazon.com.

Sifteo Cubes for Traveling with Children

2. Sifteo Cubes

Sifteo Cubes are an new and addicting interactive game system that is challenging for the mind.  Playing on what we love about some of the classic toys like Legos and dominos, the cubes also interact with each other and respond to the players tilt, flip and shake gestures.  The wireless communication is stimulating and offer hours of entertainment for children ages seven and up.  One of the reasons we love them is that they are great for adults too; your family can enjoy Sifteo Cubes together or you can play on your own in a small space.  Users can also download additional games and add more cubes to expand their playing options.  Sifteo Cubes can be purchased for $129.95 in a starter set of 3 cubes with speaker.  They can be purchased at Amazon.com. Learn more on Sifteo’s website.

Nintendo DS traveling with children

3. Nintendo DS

With two of our recommended gadgets focusing on learning and strategy, the Nintendo DS offers children the opportunity to relax and enjoy for a bit.  We also recommend it because the appeal of the device can serve as a great distraction if needed in a contained environment at 30,000 feet.   Make sure you pack a variety of games that are a mix of educational and entertainment.  Remember to limit “game time” to 45-60 minute chunks of time so the games remain fun; children should also know that a device like the Nintendo DS is a privilege that they earn through helpful choices for the family.  If you follow these two rules with any device, children will remain interested in it and parents have a natural behavior system in place for their travels when traditional routines are not followed as routinely.  The Nintendo DS ranges in price from about $100 to $200 depending on the version you buy and can be purchased at Amazon.com, Target, WalMart and other retailers.

Where will your travels take your family next?

Disclosure: We received Sifteo Cubes to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

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