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Video System Advice?

My daughter is 3 years old and is just getting into playing educational games online. She's very good at them and I notice it helps her dexterity. I'm CONSIDERING getting her an age appropriate video game system for educational purposes during Christmas. I've seen quite a few out there (like Leapster, Vtech, etc) so I'm quite confused which one would be best for her. Which one has easier dexterity for a 3-4 year old? Better games/educational games? Or is she just too young? Or is it just a waste of money? She does workbooks and lots of traditional learning activities, so this would be just to supplement her learning.

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Imogen13

Asked by Imogen13 at 11:27 AM on Aug. 23, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I don't think it's appropriate for a preschooler to be playing computer or video games. At this age, they need lots of free, unstructured time to explore and pretend and learn. Dexterity can be improved by drawing, crafts, little legos, etc.
    HybridMom27

    Answer by HybridMom27 at 11:34 AM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • My son hated them both the Leapster and the Vtech. The WII is great. But girls think differently.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 AM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • Leapster 1 will be great for her, videos games is a bit much for her right now. Also sit down with her, and go online to "preschoolers.com". You guys can color, print pictures, and play games suitable for her age range. I have a 3 year old, she will be 4 in October, and we read to her, we put preschool puzzles together, and she has a leapster.
    ambr2006

    Answer by ambr2006 at 11:46 AM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • My MIL just bought a Leapster 2 for my son. He loves it. He has no clue what he is doing really but he has fun with it. He is slowly figuring it out. He plays it like 3 times a week. He usually only uses it to play with trains when his brother is up since he can't get his toy trains out then. He prefers to build or color or play with cars.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 12:35 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I agree with hybridmom27. Children that age don't need video games. Even educational ones. My husband let his ex wife's family buy his son a video game system, against my wishes, when he wasn't even 4, and he has regretted it ever since. He is now 11, and I think is the reason why he never developed his own sense of imagination. He doesn't know how to pretend. He is a VERY smart and talented child in many other areas, though. But I think letting children have video games that young take away from their imagination.
    MsKari77

    Answer by MsKari77 at 8:11 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

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