9 New Electronic Learning Toys for Kids [Plus Reviews and Buy-it-Now Prices]

9 New Electronic Learning Toys for Kids [Plus Reviews and Buy-it-Now Prices]The children’s electronic toy market is still growing like crazy. Choosing the one that’s perfect for your kids can be confusing. I’ve put together this intro to the newest kids’ electronic learning toys out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon where possible so that you can learn more, and I’ve also found some great reviews on them elsewhere on the web. Plus, I’m including buy-it-now prices so you know if you’re getting a great deal.

If you’re new to my Buy-It-Now price lists, here’s what you need to know: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the current price (although they may be the same) or the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The Toys:

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Vtech

VTech Kidzoom Smart Watch Features video recorder, touch screen, timer, alarm clock, rechargeable battery, and more. Comes with four learning games. Ages 4-7. Review. Review. MSRP $60. Buy-it-Now Price: $40

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.27.25 AMVTech Innotab 3 Plus Features 4.3″ touch screen, 180-degree rotating camera, mp3 player, 4G of  memory plus microSD card slot and rechargeable battery. Comes with 12 apps. Ages 3-9. Review. MSRP $60. Buy-it-Now Price: $40

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.28.15 AMVTech Innotab 3s Plus Features 5″ touch screen. 180-degree rotating camera, mp3 player. Wi-fi enabled. Smartphone app lets parents communicate with the device. 4G of memory plus MicroSD card slot. Rechargeable battery. Comes with 16 apps. Review. MSRP: $80. Buy-it-Now Price: $56

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.29.00 AMVTech Innotab Max Features 7″ touch screen (higher resolution than 3 Plus and 3s Plus) and 8G of memory plus microSD slot. 180-degree rotating camera, mp3 player. Faster processor than 3 Plus and 3s Plus, but shorter battery life. Wi-fi enabled. Includes 18 installed apps. Ages 3-9. MSRP unknown. Review. MSRP: $110. Buy-it-Now Price: $77.

Compare Innotab features across models

LeapFrog

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.29.55 AMLeapFrog LeapBand 4-7 This is one of those toys that parents buy not necessarily because they think their kids will go nuts over it, but because it will encourage them to do something healthy–i.e., get moving. Comes with 50 active challenges. Virtual pets guide kids through activity challenges.Waterproof band. Fitness tracker. Ages . Review. MSRP: $40. Buy-it-Now Price: $28

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.31.21 AMLeapTV LeapFrog’s first console game system. Play with body motion, pointer play and classic control. 100+ available cartridge games. Includes console, camera, mount, transforming controller, HDMI cable, AC power adapter, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi/Ethernet port for downloads. Trusted Reviews says “think of it as a cross between a Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s Kinect.” Ages 3-9. Release date: October 24. MSRP $149. Buy-it-Now Price: $112

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.49.48 AMLeapPad 3 Features 4G memory, front and rear-facing cameras and video recorder. 10 installed apps. Wi-fi enabled. Rechargeable battery. Ages 3-9. Review. MSRP $100. Buy-it-Now Price: $70

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.31.57 AMLeapPad Ultra XDI 7″ tablet with a high-resolution touch screen. Wi-fi enabled. Features 8G memory, front and rear-facing cameras and video recorder. 10 installed apps. Rechargeable battery. Ages 4-9. Review.  MSRP $130. Buy-it-Now Price: $91

And….

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.33.12 AMKindle Fire HD Kids Edition  $149 for 6″ display, $189 for 7″ display.  Comes with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and Kid-Proof Case. Will be released on October 21. Review. Review. MSRP $149. Buy-it-Now Price: $149

Related: Baby Cheapskate’s 2014 Toys that Get Played With Lists

EXTENDED: Free Shipping at Pottery Barn Kids Today plus Sale

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 7.45.43 AMCoupon code FREESHIP gets you free shipping on all orders at Pottery Barn Kids today.

That makes today a great time to check out PBK’s Columbus Day Sale, where you’ll save up to 60% on bedding, nursery items, decor items and more.

Excludes furniture.

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Toys That Get Played With 2014: 7 to 8 Years

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 7 to 8 Years

Welcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records among Baby Cheapskate readers when it comes to appeal and longevity. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 9.55.19 AMMost Loved Toys for Kids 7 to 8 Years Old

*All-Star toys are toys that often see active play for MORE than a year. Read more about them here.

You can find this and other holiday-themed lists under the Toys that Get Played With tab at the top of BabyCheapskate’s home page.

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Updated: Great Big Columbus Day 2014 Sale, Deal and Coupon Roundup

Great Big Columbus Day 2014 Sale, Deal and Coupon Roundup

Columbus Day weekend is here, and the sale announcements have sailed into my inbox. Here’s a roundup of the best sales and coupons for kid and baby stuff:

Clothing

Crazy8: 30% off regular-priced items.

Gymboree.com: $16.99 and Under Sale. Clearance styles start at $5.99.

Old Navy: Up to 50% off in-store and online. Extra 20% off your purchase with no coupon code needed.

Gap: 40% off your purchase with coupon code NEWOUTFIT today only.

Kohls.comFriends and Family Sale: 20% off site wide plus deals. Free shipping with code OCTSHIP.

JCPenney: $10 off $25 in-store with this coupon through today.

Hannah Andersson: 50% off your second baby item.

LandsEnd.com: 25% off coupon with code COOL and PIN 1652. Ends today.

Carters: Columbus Day Sale plus 15% to 30% off with coupon, depending on how much you spend.

OshKosh: 50% off everything plus extra 15% off with code OCT15BG (excludes clearance and doorbusters).

Amazon: 40-60%off apparel, shoes, and more.

The Children’s Place: Free shipping on every order. Entire site is 30% to 50% off (shoes are 25% off). Extra

Shoes

Shoes.com: Save 25% on any order or 30% off orders of $100 or more with code SWEET through 10/15.

6pm.com: Up to 80% off.

StrideRite.com: Extra 30% off Sale items

Crocs.com: BOGO 50% off with coupon code DISCOVER

Robeez.com: 30% off Minis with coupon code AW23MS through Tuesday

Photo

Snapfish: 60% off prints, 40% off cards, 50% off photo books, and more. Ends Tuesday.

Shutterfly: 50% off hard cover photo books through Wednesday with promo code FALL4BOOKS.

Misc.

Pottery Barn Kids: Up to 60% off plus FREE SHIPPING today only.

Land of Nod: 15% off kids’ bedding and blankets

Sales end Monday unless otherwise noted. Stores whose offers end before then may post new Columbus Day deals after. As always, I’ll be updating this list as I learn of new sales and deals.

Know of any sales I missed? Let us know in the comments.

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 6 to 7 Years

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 6 to 7 YearsWelcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists.

The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records among Baby Cheapskate readers when it comes to appeal and longevity. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 1.45.06 PMMost Loved Toys for Kids 6 to 7 Years Old

*All-Star toys are toys that often see active play for MORE than a year. Read more about them here.

You can find this and other holiday-themed lists under the Toys that Get Played With tab at the top of BabyCheapskate’s home page.

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Toddler and Baby Costumes: Deal Roundup [10/8]

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 9.48.45 AMHow have costume prices changed since last week’s roundup? Read on and find out:

I’ve listed prices on a couple of popular costumes–Captain America (by Disguise, Inc.) and Lil’ Mermaid (by California Costumes)– at nine retailers so that you can compare deals and prices. Note: prices listed below are before coupon (where applicable).

Reminders

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • We’ll see the most clearance prices in mid October, though selection is better now.
  • Costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon and the specialty stores are made by only a few manufacturers, like Morris, Rubies, Fun World and  Seasons. That means you can compare prices easily.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

Discount Department Stores

Target (good selection) Current deal: Up to 40% off Halloween costumes.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.26.40 AM Amazon (really good selection)

Walmart.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more or free pickup in-store.

Kohls.com Current deal: 15% off costumes with coupon code TRICK15

Costume Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com Current deal: 20% off with code TWENTYBC

CostumeSupercenter.com Current deal: 20% off with code X20

HalloweenExpress.com Current deal: $10 off orders of $40 or more with code RMN1040

Party City Current deal: 20% off orders of $60+ with code SAVENOW20

Oriental Trading Company Current deal: $5 off $59+ purchase and free standard shipping with code CE144576

The verdict? The early discounts have ended, and the deeper discounts just haven’t started yet. We’re starting to see availability issues. If you really want to save, and you’re not nervous about a particular costume going out of stock, wait until next week to buy. I’ll be posting a new roundup next Wednesday!

Have any Halloween shopping tips? Be sure to share them in the comments.

See more Halloween posts.

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 4 to 5 Years

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 4 to 5 YearsWelcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records among Baby Cheapskate readers when it comes to appeal and longevity. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Most Loved Toys for Kids 4 to 5 Years Old

*All-Star toys are toys that often see active play for MORE than a year. Read more about them here.

You can find this and other holiday-themed lists under the Toys that Get Played With tab at the top of BabyCheapskate’s home page.

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Toys That Get Played With 2014: 3 to 4 Years

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 3 to 4 Years

Welcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records. Hundreds of Baby Cheapskate readers have responded to more than half a dozen polls posted thrice yearly over the course of three years about which holiday toys their kids are still playing with. I’ve pored through the responses to compile this list. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Most Loved Toys for Preschoolers 3 to 4 years old

*All-Star toys are toys that often see active play for MORE than a year. Read more about them here.

You can find this and other holiday-themed lists under the Toys that Get Played With tab at the top of BabyCheapskate’s home page.
Check back tomorrow for the next new Toys that Get Played With list!

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Toys That Get Played With 2014: 25 to 36 Months

Toys That Get Played With 2014: 25 to 36 MonthsWelcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records. Hundreds of Baby Cheapskate readers have responded to more than half a dozen polls posted thrice yearly over the course of three years about which holiday toys their kids are still playing with. I’ve pored through the responses to compile this list. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 9.51.28 AMMost Loved Toys for Toddlers 25 months to 36 months:

Tip: To save, try to find these second-hand via Craigslist, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. Inspect them carefully and check for recalls.

You can find this and other holiday-themed lists under the Toys that Get Played With tab at the top of BabyCheapskate’s home page.

Check back Monday for another updated Toys that Get Played With post!

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Toys that Get Played With 2014: 6 to 12 months

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 10.13.44 AMHave you ever given your child a toy you thought she’d love only to find it forgotten less than a week later? Ugh.

Welcome to the 2014 updates of Baby Cheapskate’s “Toys That Get Played With” lists. The toys on this list are here for one reason and one reason alone – because kids love them and continue to play with them long after the holiday decor is boxed up.

There’s no one toy that every kid likes, but the toys on the list have proven track records. Hundreds of Baby Cheapskate readers have responded to more than half a dozen polls posted thrice yearly over the course of four years about which holiday toys made it to the top of the toy pile and stayed there. I’ve pored through the responses to compile this list. Each toy is linked to its listing on Amazon so that you can learn more about it.

Most Loved Toys for Babies 6 months to 12 months:

Look for another new Toys that Get Played With list tomorrow! 

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