VTech Innotab 3S with Kid Connect: Review and Giveaway

Innotab 3SThe last time you heard me talking about the VTech Innotab 3S, was when I was telling you to pre-order it, because we loved our Innotab 2S so much! Well, we’ve gotten very cozy with our new 3S and the compatable Kid Connect that is available for parents to be able to text back and forth with their children without having to get them a PHONE on top of a tablet. It also features a tablet to tablet connect as well, and both tablet users need to be on WiFi connections in order to text to either the tablet or the mobile phone.

I won’t rehash the specs of the Innotab 2S with you, and will only be sharing what the 3S brings to the table instead. Is that okay?

The number one item that makes the Innotab 3S tablet better than it’s predecessor is the fact that it comes with a portable charging cord, so no more buying batteries over and over again! It was one of the things that I was really frustrated with not having in our previous tablet. VTech Innotab3S

It comes with 4GB of memory and can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

KidConnect – as explained above, it is a way for the children to feel a little more tech savvy without having to get them their own mobile phones OR let them use mom or dad’s. It works perfectly for homeschool as well, during self guided sessions as the ladybug can attempt to text me to let me know that she is finished with one of the eReader apps (which by the way, are FANTASTIC!) and wants me to come and check. I love that she can feel independent in her tablet usage, and isn’t always having to use my tablet and accidentally purchase any of the games that may pop up in the store. All communication from tablet to tablet can be approved by mom and dad as well, so no worries with inappropriate messages!

VTech Innotab 3S

Kid Connect is also a great way for children to stay connected to their parents when they may be on a visit with other family members, and may need a quick, but private message that they are loved and missed.


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Web Safe Browsing – This is what I LOVE! I can rest easy knowing that all we browsers are parent approved and kid safe. No matter if they try to type a new browser into the window, the site would have to be vetted by parents, and if it isn’t, the child will not be able to surf it. This saves so much time and worry about your child accessing inappropriate subject matter, or spending money on apps attached to your credit card. Not that this has EVER happened to any of us tech savvy mamas!

I also love the problem solving games and and stories that you can download from the Learning Lodge, which is an app that you need to download onto your desktop , and which allows you to connect to the tablet to download more games and eBooks before going on errands or road trips. You can also sign in to see how your child(ren) are progressing with a particular book or game. The Learning Lodge gives parents and children access to purchase hundreds of engaging, age-appropriate games, videos, e-books and music, endorsed by VTech’s team of educational experts. By the end of the year, the Learning Lodge will expand from its current library of 350 titles to over 600 titles that teach reading, math, social studies, handwriting, science, problem solving, geography and more.

Featured throughout the downloads and software cartridges are popular characters such as Team Umizoomi™, Dora the Explorer™, Thomas & Friends®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Jake & the Never Land Pirates™ and Sesame Street®. New titles for 2013 on the Learning Lodge include Monsters University®, Turbo®, Planes®, Doc McStuffins®, Sofia the First® and more.

Vtech Innotab 3S


If that hasn’t convinced you, here is a video review from Time To Play on the specifics of the Innotab 3S and all of the greatness that it has! All of this for MSRP of $99.99 $79.99 for the holidays! Remember that it’s geared for children 3-9 so even the littles can get in on the fun. It also comes in colors other than pink, so if you’re not liking that particular color, no worries.

But wait! There’s more! I’m giving away a great pack just in time for the holiday season!

Tell me how Kid Connect would work well for you and your child  – that’s it! Giveaway closes Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm!

 The VTech product, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.



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  • ToddlingChicago
    November 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I want one! My boys would love it and I love the educational games.

  • Angela Fischesser
    November 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The amount of educational items on this and the parental interaction is amazing on this! Love it! It would be perfect for my 4 and a half year old. Such an ingenious product.

  • Sonya Morris
    November 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The educational games would be wonderful for my little one!

  • Nikki Elkins
    November 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    My grand daughter would love this. It would be nice to have to help her learn and I like the kid friendly browser.

  • Belinda Parker
    November 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I need this for my son Ethan, this would help him out so much with learning to read.

  • meredith
    November 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I would love to win for my daughter starting pre-k next year.This would give her a great headstart with all the educational games.

  • Kim Andrea Mason
    November 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    This would be for my youngest son who is five. I love all of the pre approved kid friendly apps and the ability to text with him. This would be the perfect compliment to his big brothers tablet.

  • Lindsey D.
    November 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This would be a great help in teaching my 3 year old and she would love to have her own way to stay connected to her daddy when he’s at work or deployed.

  • Telisa
    November 19, 2013 at 2:11 am

    I love the independence the Innotab 3S would give my children in their learning. I love that all of the educational apps are all on one tablet and that I would be able to keep up with their progress. I can see both kids benefitting from the tablet, but especially my son.

  • Gina Avila
    November 19, 2013 at 3:13 am

    My daughter is autistic and would love this…especially pink…or blue…or green. 🙂 I love the fact that there are places she can’t get on. One of the problems we have with the family tablet.

  • Sandra VanHoey
    November 19, 2013 at 3:19 am

    This has so many things to love, all the various apps you can purchase to keep them entertained, it is educational, They would love the camera/movie maker this comes with and my niece & nephew like to be on the phone with their daddy so they could send him messages and pics while he is at work.

  • Aisha Greene
    November 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This would be an awesome educational tool for my daughter. I look forward to the reading and writing apps.

  • HystericalMom
    November 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    My 3 year old grand son would LOVE this .My twins have a different tablet for kids and he plays with it when he comes over. This would be much better for him. I have been stalking this for hm for Christmas and would Love for him to grow with this. *fingers crossed*

  • Jacqueline
    November 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This would be such a blessing in our home! We are pushing hard for a spot in the local private school, however, if denied we will be home schooling. AND my little miss has stated she “haves to have this one, mom. Then I can text you” Goofy kid. I think it would also allow her to connect on an academic level with her dad and myself since we both spend HOURS each week working on homework either online or on our laptops.

  • Dawn Williams York
    November 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This educational item would be great for my 3 year old. He has mastered my Kindle Fire. Which is now loaded with a majority of games and puzzles for him. I love to see my child learn and ask for help when he needs it. Great article!

  • Sheila
    November 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Kid Connect would be so useful when I am out of the house but need to check in with my kids. We would be able to text them and check in. It would also be a fun way for them to connect with grandparents and other family members.

  • Emiela B
    November 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

    This would be great for either my 4 year old or soon to be 2 year old. They have so much interest in smart phone and computers and this would be a way to couple the two to their liking. The educational opportunites are plentiful and they would greatly enjoy it.

  • Amy C
    November 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This would be perfect for my son. He is very interested in learning aps but has bought several aps while playing…oops.

  • Danielle Eitson
    November 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I am wanting an Innotab 3s so that my children can learn on a safe tablet. I have been doing a TON of research on them and besides the great points you mentioned above (esp Kid Connect!) I love that I can put music or educational videos on it. It has everything I want in a tablet for my children-Educational games but with enough “oopf” to not “feel” like a game, ruggedness for a four year old boy, and ways for my children to feel “in” without me being out every time they buy a game on my tablet! Thank you for the oppurtunity!

  • Marilyn Bauer
    November 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I would love one of thesis for my granddaughter so we could always be in ouch. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Tabathia B
    November 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I think the learning lodge ereader capabilities would help my daughter with her reading

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      November 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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    November 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The Kid Connect would be great for keeping in touch with each other and sharing pictures.

  • Mariaelena Dominguez
    November 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I would like this for my son who is in pre-school. He only goes for a couple hours but I don’t feel like they are teaching them enough there. They’re more of a “teach them at home” school, they have a program where we have to do activities at home so we do alot of flash cards and and things like that so I would love this for my son he could have some fun while learning.

  • Amina Nevels
    November 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love this!!! This would be a great way for Zoe to have a cool tech learning device that’s all her own. I especially love that it will allow me to send her little messages! Love it!!!

  • Dominique
    November 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I love that you can send messages and pictures back and forth! I would love this for my son! THanks so much!

  • Mish
    November 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    It has taken my husband and I a while to adapt to our increasingly tech savvy 3 and 5 year old, this would be a great safe product that could be used by either of them, they spend weekends at the grandparents and my son (5) who is becoming a confident speller would love to be able to type his own messages to me each time, I love the concept of the kids connect feature

  • Dave
    November 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I would love this for my daughter she has this on her wish list. I like the available apps and positive reviews!

  • Shelley Fields
    November 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic tool. Since my son started kindergarten, learning to read has never been more fun. Kid Connect will be just the tool needed to enhance his reading skills in addition to the other great features it offers while making it fun. I love the interaction piece that is explained and that is just one of the many reasons that caught my eye. I would love to have this for my son!

  • Jennifer Astemborski Pierce
    November 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    My boys would love to be able to send me text messages from the Innotab to my cell phone along with their pictures and videos. I love all the safety and educational features it offers.

  • sayitrahshay
    November 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love the educational games. I would share this with my library families for those who could not afford all the latest gadgets.

  • Jenna Parsons
    November 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This would work great for my daughter, because she loves playing apps on my phone, and the apps on the Innotab, are educational!

  • Shelley Drady Enright
    November 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    My youngest daughter is 5 and asks for one of these every time she sees it. It would be perfect for her to learn and have fun.

  • Jessica Carlos Chanquin
    November 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Vivian would love it, it will keep her busy and she could stop playing on my phone.

  • Nailah Adama
    November 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This would be so much better than a folder on my device for my three year old. Plus, I wouldn’t have fifty little heart attacks every time she gets too excited and it looks like she might break my tablet.

  • Robyn Huffman
    November 26, 2013 at 2:12 am

    This would be so perfect for our daughter! The Kid Connect is one of my favorite features. Since my husband works long hours, our daughter often begs to call him on my phone and just sit and “talk” because she misses him or is having a rough day (when she’s sick). This would give her a chance to “talk” to daddy without taking over my phone. Plus it would allow her to have fun talking to her grandparents and cousins since we don’t often get to see them. I love all the learning apps and this would be great for our daughter to learn with. I know she uses something similar in therapy and I would love to have one here at home for her to play and learn with. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  • Maria Malaveci
    November 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I would be so happy to win this for both my kids. We don’t own a tablet for them, but they love both love to read, and I think it would really help this in this area! Thanks so much for the chance. It would make an amazing Christmas Gift!


  • DaLynn McCoy
    November 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    My twins are just 3 years old, so I’m not sure how they’d best utilize the KidConnect feature, as they don’t type or spell yet. They might enjoy sending a few things back and forth between them, or to their grandmommy through a text if it works like that; sounds like it might! I love the sound of it being useful for homeschooling, and the idea of using educational apps that might need a “checking” from mom. Sounds like this will be a great tablet to grow with my kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

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