iTikes Map Review
If you are looking for an interactive toy that your kids can learn about US and World Geography, Prehistoric Times, Music, the Solar System and more… you can check out iTikes Map that includes six maps that teach and quiz on different subjects!
About iTikes Map
As some of you may know, the iTikes Canvas is pretty much a flop unless you have an apple device, and even then it is not that special for the price you have to pay. The same company also offers the iTikes Map. Is this toy worth the $50 price tag, or are you better off looking for something else this holiday season? Read on to hear what other buyers had to say after purchasing this toy for their children.
Key Features of the iTikes Map
- Works with or without Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads
- 6 different themed maps
- 3 levels of difficulty to keep kids challenged
- Includes the 2 AA batteries needed for play
Should You Buy the iTikes Map?
The iTikes map is designed to make learning fun, and will teach kids about geography, the solar system and history in an interactive manner. There are two ways for your child to interact with the iTikes Map, one is by using the included stylus and the other is by using an Apple device.
Each of the six maps has three different activity levels plus test for each level. The Apple devices provide extra content and more interactive features. Some parents said that they had to download more than one patch to get the app to work and others said that there was lag between the map coordinates and the reaction of their Apple device. If you are worried about handing over your iPhone to your child, the iTikes Map comes with different holders that can be connected to the toy to help prevent being dropped.
The biggest complaint was about the on/off timed switch. While timed on/off switches are great because they save you batteries, this one tends to be more of an annoyance. Parents say that the iTikes Map switches off if there is a pause of 50 to 60 seconds, which is not very much time when children are first learning a new skill.
Overall, buyers were pretty happy with this toy, even those that did not install the accompanying app. The age range is recommended for children aged 3 to 15, but 4 to 12 may be a little bit more accurate considering most 15 year old already know all the planets and the 50 states. If you do own an Apple device, and trust your child with it, that just makes this toy even better. This is definitely a toy that will hold your child’s interest and teach them something at the same time.