Language learning

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 October, 2011, 12:00am


Animated tales

The V.Reader is an interactive e-book with animation that helps children practise reading skills. The product adopts a building block approach to gaining skills such as comprehension, vocabulary and phonics. An inbuilt dictionary with animation enables children to look up the meanings of words, and some definitions include follow-up questions to help them understand. For parents who want to follow their child's progress, reading records and a progress tracker can be uploaded to a computer. More than 45 e-books covering a broad range of age groups can be downloaded. HK$699.90 at Toys 'R' Us, G/F Olympian City 3; tel: 2884 3268

Laws of attraction

The Magnetic Play Centre is targeted at children ready to practise writing and spelling and learn the concept of upper case letters. The play centre has a magnetic board with upper and lower case letters, as well as a chalkboard so children can practise writing. It also includes 10 magnetic numbers and signs for number and counting practice. HK$270 at early learning centre, shop 315-316 Prince's Building, Central; tel: 2627 0057

Straight from the bear's mouth

The TellyBear is an electronic storyteller that encourages reading and language learning. It contains 100 stories by authors from Hans Christian Andersen to Charles Dickens. Audio stories are given a modern makeover with animation and music, to engage children. Stories are read in Putonghua and English, with subtitles. Children can also record their own reading of stories. HK$2,952 at Jellybean, shop A, 138 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai; tel: 2527 8600

Character building

These Chinese wooden character blocks are designed for children of any age who are just beginning to learn Putonghua. Each block shows one Chinese character and its English counterpart written underneath. A stroke grid helps children learn how to write the character. The blocks also display numbers in Putonghua and English, as well as a puzzle that makes a map of China, the Chinese flag and a dragon. HK$500 at