Is the Utopia 360° STEM based toy on your child's wish list this year

It feels like it's taken quite some time to get here, but I think the Virtual Reality experiences are finally here to stay.

ReTrak is an innovative tech accessories company who have recently unveiled a new line of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based learning products for kids.

I love this; I know people frown at TV nanny, children using tablets, laptops and computers but if you can get learning in with playing it can't be all that bad can it!

So long as you are not replacing the TV for human interaction, the tablet for learning or the smartphone for playtime with your children, and so long as it is moderated, it's needed.  This is a techie age, we are of the smartphone generation and the children have these in their lives whether we encourage it or not.

Our thoughts on the new Utopia 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality bundles

Why Utopia 360° 4D+ Augmented & Virtual Reality is great for kids

The ReTrak Utopia 360° 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality bundles is great fun and provides a sensory experience that makes learning come to life.  That's the key right there, makes learning come to life.

The bundles that are currently available are Animal Zoo, Space Exploration and Dinosaur Experience - all 3 are big hits with my child, and I'm sure with yours too.

It's fun.  If it's fun they're going to learn.

We had fun!

Having fun with the zoo animals via ReTrak VR

Our thoughts on the ReTrak VR and 4D+ Animal Zoo

It's a nice lightweight box which homes the VR headset, a pack of flashcards and a link to various VR games to download.

We started with just the iPad. We download the ReTrak app and scanned the cards and the animals come to life, they appear to come right off the card.  You can even try feeding the animals, this, I found was a great way for the whole family to be involved and is by far my prefered option of playing with this educational feature.

We then got the headset out and I loaded the app onto my smartphone and slid it onto the headset and over my son's head.  He loved it, arms were coming out and pointing, we even tried a couple of the other free apps listed on ReTrak site - like the rollercoaster, and yes, he was swaying.

I found the headset a little hard to adjust to.  A couple of the apps didn't work right for me, but the rollercoaster had my shins tingling and as I mentioned above I love the flashcards which come with the headset, but this may all be down to age, I'm not sure my eyesight is ever going to adjust to a VR headset.

Utopia 360° STEM animal zoo pack

This is aged for 5+ and I think the age is right, my son is 6 and he enjoys using the VR headset, he mostly enjoys wandering around the room when he's on Safari, and I find it's a good way to see how far he has come with his learning, without having to ask him directly.

Do you think this is something your child would want on their wishlist this Christmas?

I received a VR set from ReTrak to review.
The above wording is all my own and not influenced by products received.

1 comment:

  1. We gave son2 VR glasses for his birthday, as he now has my old phone. He originally wanted them last Xmas, but at the time we had to get Father Christmas to send him a letter explaining that he needed a phone first


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