Fisher-Price iXL Learning System; The iPad for Preschoolers

A Great Gift For Preschoolers

Fisher-Price iXL
Fisher-Price iXL

Fisher-Price iXL Learning Systems

Fisher-Price iXL Learning System

A great gift for preschoolers is the Fisher-Price iXL Learning System, their very own ipad. Young children are keeping up with their parents and older brothers and sisters when it comes to technology. They have their laptops, mobile phones and now are able to use a touch screen just like mom and dad. It looks like a toy, but it is a small computer. It has child friendly colorful icons on one side and a colorful speaker and adjust button on the left side. And yes, it has preloaded apps. There are applications called Story Book, Game Player, Notebook, Art Studio, Music Studio and Photo Album software. It's also PC and Mac compatible and has a USB port and an SD card slot.

It makes an excellent birthday or Christmas gift. It's advertised for the 3-6 year old age group. It has become a very popular educational toy for the younger set. And why not? It's affordable and technology is here to stay. Technology is constantly changing and upgraded, and children who are exposed to technology early seem to grasp it easier.

It require 4 AA batteries (not included) and requires access to a PC or Mac with an internet connection. It comes with a media manager cd rom for easy loading of personal photos, music and software. It can also store multiple files! The base system includes:

  • 1 interactive story and activity
  • 1 learning game
  • writing activities
  • art tools and stampers
  • music sampler
  • sample photo images.

Notebook application for iXL
Notebook application for iXL

"It's great because it holds her favorite songs and she can draw on her own pictures all while learning... She loves it and I love that she can play with it in the car or while I am using my phone."  Lucia

Storage Case for iXL Learning System

Does Your Child Want the Fisher-Price iXL? YES.

While available for a few years now, the iXL remains a top selling device for preschoolers. Robert Eckert, CEO of Mattel, Inc. picked it as his personal favorite for the busy hands and minds of preschoolers. "We could not be happier with the product and the overwhelming response it's already received at the Toy Fair." All of the apps are geared towards learning and interactivity. The story book reads out loud and lights up words as they read along. Children can practice their handwriting skills with the Notebook app. A cute little monkey helps guide the children in a few of the apps and lets them know when to turn the page.

Do children really need this technology? There are different schools of thought, but my own personal opinion has changed since being in the preschool classroom. These learning systems do help a child focus and concentrate. They can improve their fine motor skills with the stylus and it does require a certain hand-eye coordination. Technology is part of this information age, and any way we can help our children be prepared for the future can only help. (Kindle is set to release the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition in Oct. which also promises to be a big hit.) It gives the child something to interact with while in the car, or sitting next to you while you're playing with your own laptop or reading the paper. Children want to learn, and this is one of the better educational learning systems available for the preschool age group.

The Fisher-Price iXL is a popular item and I'm sure many pre-schoolers are already happy owners! There is also a sturdy case designed for the iXL learning system and can be purchased separately for safe-keeping when not in use. Teach your child responsibility along with educational fun!

Take Your Children Outside

As with any technology or interactive games, parents need to balance their childrens time in front of screens. Be sure to give them plenty of time with crayons and paper, art supplies and take your kids to the parks. Make sure they're getting outside and learning in nature.

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Thank Your For Reading and Please Feel Free to Leave a Comment. 22 comments

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is so cool! All I need is a 4-6 year old :) No seriously I am really impressed and predict this one will sell like mad. I'm "Sharing It" with friends who have little ones! Thanks!


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

I just saw it today in NYT. I'm also impressed. Some of these gadgets aren't so great, but a lot of development and money went into designing and manufacturing this one and I'm sure it will be a popular technology tool for the preschool set.

thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. :) and thanks also for sharing!!


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Time Spiral 6 years ago from Florida

Excellent preemptive hub. Good work! Maybe consider adding your trackers to the hub links ;)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is great. I know the children will love it. Good hub.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

This is so cool rebekahELLE! I'll have to keep my eye out for this one. Thanks for sharing.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks TS! and thanks also for the reminder about the links.

Pam and Veronica, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I also think the children will love it. so many parents and adults now have the itouch or iphone with all the fun apps and the kids want to have something like their parents. I've read that it will also have more applications that can be bought separately for $24.99, but it comes equipped with the six apps listed above.


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ehern33 6 years ago

Seems like a great gift for my grand-daughter. She has the leap frog game pad and although it turns out to be expensive for the additional games, it has been worth it. This seems like a winner. Will have to check into it more. Thanks for the heads up on this.


cosette 6 years ago

'k, THAT is amazing. if i had a little one, i would definitely get one. neat-O! ;)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Ms. rebekahelle, you nailed it again, I always know you're an expert on childrens abput learning and growing the right way! Plus the proce is just right, 80 USD, I totally agree with you about technology -- it is here to stay and this kind of gadget helps with eye-coordination as well, Thank you, very nice hub, Maita


JM 6 years ago

Want these for my grandchildren. Could you set up a system to notify us when they can be ordered.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks for the comments. Yes, it does look like a great gift and a valuable educational system for the young set.

@JM, as soon as I know they are ready for pre-order, I will have a link here for ordering. thanks for your interest!

I'm sure your grandchildren will be delighted.


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from Ireland

Cool hub!!!


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from Ireland

I love this hub. Your writing is original and the photos are beautiful.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

thanks Neil, I appreciate the nice comments. It looks like people are interested in the item as it gets hits everyday.

thanks for stopping by.


Lucia F 6 years ago

I bought this for my daughter because she always wants to play on my phone's apps and she loves it... It's great because it holds her favorite songs and she can draw on her own pictures all while learning... She loves it and I love that she can play with it in the car or while I am using my phone.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Lucia, thanks so much for your comment. It's great to hear from a happy parent. I think it's wonderful and such a fun way for the young ones to learn technology and write and draw and interact with the software. I appreciate your signing in to make a comment!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

bobby, glad to hear you have one for your daughter, but I don't post outside links on this hub. thanks.


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TroyM 5 years ago

Excellent product and excellent Information here.

I purchase this for my daughter.

Thanks for sharing the information :-)


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

You're welcome Troy, and thanks for reading. I'm sure your daughter will love having her own preschool designed Ipad.

Thanks for leaving an endorsement. :]


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wingedcentaur 5 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Well, rebekahELLE, though I am 14 months late, it seems, let me say this is an excellent produt review for the Fisher Price (they're still he first name in toys, right?) iXL Learning System iPad. I like it and I'm not usually so tech-friendly. I would have liked to have something like that when I was in preschool!

That is sound advice you gave, too, about exercising moderation: parents need to make sure they don't make technology a SUBSTITUTE for good old fashioned crayons and paper, art supplies, and outdoors time.

Voted up for useful.

Take it easy.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Winged! So nice to see you visiting a few of my hubs. This was written as soon as it was introduced at the annual Toy Fair last January. It held a prominent #1 spot for months until the product was released. Then it was the first hub after the company ads. As soon as Panda hit, it lost it's ranking. The product is wonderful. I have heard nothing but great reviews. At least now, the parent doesn't have to share his own Ipod with his preschooler! I like that it does actually help the child learn, plus it gives them a fun technological start.

Enjoy your weekend.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love fisher price educational toys, they are useful and solid

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