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Poingo: Beyond Reading, this pen system offers learning out loud

One of my 3-year-old’s favorite new toys is the Poingo, a pen-shaped reading device that allows “readers” to touch images on Poingo interactive books and have their favorite stories come to life with words, sounds and music. The Poingo starter kit is available at Walmart, Target and Toys R Us, as well as online at Amazon, where we found it for $34.99. The kit comes with 2 large hardcover books, which happen to be 2 of Wes’ all-time favorite stories: Nemo and CARS. Poingo, so far, seems to be exclusive to Disney and readers will find Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Lion King and Pooh available. Coming this spring will be new Look & Find books focusing on Nemo and Disney Princesses. I’ve also read rumors that in the works are Hannah Montana and High School Musical.
Poingo is not a phonetic, word recognition teaching program. While it does read the story to the children, Poingo’s activities are more advanced than its competition. It includes geography, science, definitions, sound and trivia. Wes can “read” one page for quite some time, exploring all there is to learn about the fish, helping Nemo along his way, or learning about the Cars characters.
Check out the demo at mypoingo.com.

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