If you are looking for a very affordable gift for kids ages 3 (aff) – 7, then you must get the Poingo. With the Poingo, you are able to touch pictures and/or the text, the their favorite characters are brought to life with either music, sounds, and words. The best part is that the Poingo starter kit is $34.99 and is available at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Clubs. It comes with the pen shaped Poingo and two large hardcover interactive storybooks. This is definitely affordable, and the starter kit is awesome. You don't have to automatically buy another $100 worth of books right off the bat. You have a working system right from the start. The book choices are excellent. The books that came with ours are Cars and Finding Nemo, so it was definitely right up my kids alley. These movies are favorites in our house, so my kids had a definite interest in the books. They also have Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Winnie The Pooh (aff). The pen itself is simple to use. All you have to do is click it on the part of the book with the words, and it will read that whole section. You can also click on the images and for sound effects. There are words that are highlighted also, and you get a definition of the word. You can also click on images and find out what they are or get a cool sound effect. Madison is actually able to take this and read the book by herself. She loves having that kind of independence. My kids love to read, so this is really a naturally progression for them.
This is one of the best affordable educational toys on the market for kids. I recommend checking it out — you can even try a demo here.