We have a new toy in the house and it’s a cute and cuddly stuffed bear. It’s not just a regular stuffed animal toy though. It’s called smart-e-bear– a soft animal toy that comes pre-loaded with software that is fully customizable so that it can call my child by his name, sing songs with him, play with him, tell lullabies and quite stories to him at bedtime- all based on my child’s own unique interests.
My three year old Gabriel absolutely adores his new smart-e-bear! He loves interacting and cuddling with it and giggles happily everytime the smart-e-bear calls his name or says, “Would you like to sing songs about animals with me? For yes, squeeze my hand. For no, squeeze my foot”. Since Gabriel loves to say his alphabets and numbers and likes to listen to songs and stories, the smart-e-bear is a fun and appropriate toy for him at the learning phase he is currently in. This toy definitely engages him with words and sounds.
So what is smart-e-bear?
Designed primarily for non-reading 2 to 6 year olds, smart-e-bear, cat, or dog encourages children to discover and explore through a library of literally thousands of award-winning songs, interactive stories, educational games and other content that parents can selectively purchase through the Internet and download to the toy with a super-easy USB connection. Measuring 13” tall, this plush pal utilizes electronics about the size of a deck of cards. The squeezable, adorable animals will enchant little ones with their “smarts” from hearing a song to reading a story to playing a game. You can even customize the smart-e-bear for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. There’s always something new for kids to discover as the software changes and grows with the child’s interests from the nursery to kindergarten and beyond.
The technology used in smart-e-bear is simple to use and is very parent-friendly. I just went to www.smartebear.com, browsed the menu, selected the software, downloaded a customized playdate in minutes and we’re good to go! There are thousands of songs, games, and stories available at the online store if I want to update our smart-e-bear toy. Dozens of pre-programmed Activity Packs and free downloads are available as well.
Recently awarded the prestigious National Parenting Publications Awards(NAPPA) Gold Seal Award for 2008, smart-e-bear has been rigorously evaluated against stringent criteria by expert judges and family testers and that it stands out among hundreds of products from around the world. As a 2008 Gold Award winner, smart-e-bear joins a short list of toys and games that are deemed the most entertaining, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate and enduring products.
smart-e-bear, cat, or dog retails for $79.99 and are now available for purchase at Amazon, Target, Costco, ToysRUs, Kohls, and other toy specialty stores. Visit www.smartebear.com today and click on Learn More to take a quick tour that explains the toy in detail.
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