When we spent the summer in Merida, Mexico a couple of years ago, I told my kids to each pack a couple of chapter books, hoping it would last them the 8 weeks of traveling. I was so wrong! My daughter Vivi is a voracious reader and finished all of the books within the first couple of weeks. She was desperately re-reading them- 4 and 5 times- and reminding me how she had wanted to bring more books but I had said they were too heavy.
Recently we were sent an Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition– a full-fledged tablet, but made for kids with a durable, lightweight kid-proof case to protect against drops and bumps. With 5 kids that are 10 and under, we need the toughest tablet/case around- we have already dropped it twice, and so far so good! In case anything does happen to it during our travels, there is a 2-year worry-free guarantee. That means if anything happens, we can send the device back and they’ll replace it for free – no questions asked. Finally I have the piece of mind to let them carry it into their rooms without me worrying they will crack the screen.
Like most kids their age, my kids love technology. With the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition, we can set screen limits on each of their profiles, and set individualized education goals. When you purchase the tablet, you get a year of FreeTime Unlimited so kids can have unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
Taking so many road trips, having a tablet with so many books, movies, apps, and games means we have our “library of books” without the extra baggage. In addition, the kids can use the front and rear facing cameras to snap pictures along our travels.
Some of our favorite features include:
- Languages! Practice their Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, and more with videos, apps, and books!
- Non-fiction AND fiction titles that showcase world cultures and geography!
- Apps that include natural sciences, environmental sciences, animals, and geography!
If you are looking for a kid-friendly tablet with loads of books, educational (and fun) apps at a great price, check out the Amazon Fire. We are getting ready for our 20 hour road trip to Chicago and I can’t wait to pack this in lieu of 20 heavy chapter books!:)
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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