November 12, 2008

VTech(R) Rings in the Holidays With New Toys and Tips From Busy Mom of Eight

CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to holiday shopping, getting it all done while finding toys that kids love and parents feel good about can be a challenge. As a mother of eight children, Kate Gosselin -- from the hit TV series "Jon and Kate Plus 8" on TLC -- knows a thing or two about planning for the holidays and shopping for toys.

This holiday season, Kate is teaming up with VTech(R) to offer holiday planning tips and insight on what she looks for when buying the season's hottest toys. "When I shop for toys, I seek out gifts that multiple kids can play at once, that are educational and fun, and that I can feel good about having in my home," Kate said.

Gosselin's Top Holiday Tips

Whether you have a family of two or 10, Kate has tips to create a fun, easy and seamless holiday.

Buy Smart

It's important to purchase toys that keep on giving. That's why I like VTech's new V-Motion(TM) Active Learning System as a gift for the 3- to 7- year-old range. Although I don't usually buy toys that hook up to the television, V-Motion's wireless gaming system is great because it keeps multiple kids engaged, is educational and gets the kids up and moving.

Prepare with Ease

Instead of rushing around the store the night before I entertain, I buy groceries well in advance so I can prepare make-ahead meals that keep in the fridge and still taste great. I make side dishes like stuffing and mashed potatoes ahead of time, and then I just heat them up before the big holiday meal.

Make it Memorable

Because they're too young to buy gifts for one another, I encourage my kids to get creative and make them. Creating their own gifts teaches them that the time and effort put into the present is what really matters. Plus, it is a great tradition and memory for the kids to look back on for years to come.

Stop Stressing

With all the shopping, entertaining and cooking during the holidays, it can be easy to forget the real meaning of the season. That is why it is important to me to get away for some "mommy time" to sit back and collect my thoughts -- even if it's only five minutes.

VTech's Holiday Hot List

VTech has several award-winning products featuring today's hottest technologies, available just in time for the holidays.

V-Motion(TM) Active Learning System - Ages 3 to 7 years - ERP: $69.99

V-Motion is a motion-activated gaming system that features a wireless controller and a console that plugs easily into the TV. The educational gaming experience combines active play with lessons in math, reading, science, spelling and more. The system is available with eight Smartridges(TM) including kids' favorites like Kung Fu Panda and WALL-E, and is compatible with the entire existing V.Smile Smartridge library.

   Additional V-Motion product facts:   --  Motion-activated controller adaptable to both right- and left-handed       play   --  Includes VTech V.Link(TM) that connects kids to VTech's secure online       site for kids to track their scores and unlock bonus gameplay   --  Recipient of the Creative Child Seal of Excellence and The National       Parenting Center Seal of Approval; named a Toy Wishes "All Star," and       featured on Time to Play's "Most Wanted List," as well as the Toys "R"       Us(R) "Hot Toy List"     V.Smile(TM) Cyber Pocket - Ages 5 and up - ERP: $69.99  

V.Smile Cyber Pocket is a great gift for young gamers. Kids love the portability of the hand-held video game system, and parents appreciate the educational value. The flip-up high resolution screen and touchable writing pad are perfect for gaming on the go or at home. Parents can also use the V.Link to track time spent playing Cyber Pocket, as well as see results and scores to monitor their child's learning growth.

   Additional Cyber Pocket product facts:   --  Easily connects to the TV for big-screen play   --  Features adaptable buttons for right- and left-handed players   --  Compatible with the current V.Smile and new V-Motion Smartridge       library   --  Recognized as one of iParenting's Outstanding Products of 2008;       recipient of The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award and       Creative Child Seal of Excellence     KidiArt Studio(TM) - Ages 4 and up - ERP: $79.99  

KidiArt Studio is an electronic photo editing workspace with kid-friendly graphic design elements. It includes a built-in digital camera and special features for little artists looking to sharpen their skills. The interactive art console lets kids create, edit and display their work on the TV, and the variety of entertaining activities from stamps to frames helps kids personalize their artwork and add their own wacky effects.

   Additional KidiArt Studio product facts:   --  Offers PC-connect mode to save, share, or print creations --       additionally, custom e-cards can be created for family and friends   --  Winner of Creative Child 2008 Toy of the Year Award, The National       Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award and National Parenting       Publications Honors Award; also named a Toy Wishes "All Star" and one       of Toy Insider/Redbook magazine "Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays"     ABOUT VTECH  

VTech, the creator of the Electronic Learning Products (ELP) Category and the award-winning V.Smile TV Learning System, is a world leader of age-appropriate learning toys. Since 1976, VTech has been developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children's development, from birth to preteen, through fun and smart play.

VTech Electronics North America, LLC is based in Arlington Heights, Ill. VTech Electronics Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with distribution throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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