Without fail, whenever my kids pull out a Boogie Board to write, play or draw on, someone else asks me what they are. It's almost too simple to explain that sometimes it's just easier to hand it over to their kid and let them try them out. Yes, they are e-writers. They're for drawing or writing or scribbling. And it just takes a press of a button to erase and start again. Simple and totally fantastic. I sometimes wonder if it gets attention because it's not a phone or a tablet but still keeps my kids' attention.
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This phase of life has me shuffling kids around to different after school activities. And wouldn't you know it, there isn't really a lot of overlap with my kids' activities. So, that means that one or two kids are usually sitting around waiting while their sibling is in gymnastics class or swim team. So when I received the two new Boogie Board e-writers, the Jot 4.5 with clearview and the Scribble n' Play, we had the perfect chance to test them out on the go.
The Scribble n' Play is a fun change from the Boogie Boards that my kids use all the time. It writes in rainbow color. And, it's got 4 different styluses that are larger and easy to handle. It's great that they clip right on to the outer case. It makes it much easier to keep track of than a smaller stylus. It feels a bit sturdier because it's got the outer case which is also easier to grip. We love the Scribble n' Play.
Also, there is a companion app called Scribble that basically takes your creation and makes it easy to save, edit or share. I haven't tried it out yet since it is only available on iTunes and I have an Android but it's a fun to have (I've used their Jot app which is similar). The Scribble n' Play retails for around $35.
The next new e-writer geared toward kids, is the Jot 4.5 with clearview. Boogie Board already has the Play n' Trace that was the first Boogie Board with clearview. My younger girls used it a lot to practice writing and my older son likes to trace cool pictures like this one...
So what Boogie Board has done with the Jot 4.5 is to make it a smaller way to use clearview with a few cool features. First, it comes with flashcards. The snap-on cover flips to the back and makes it easy to slide the flashcards right below. It's just perfect for practicing letters or even math facts. There is a companion flashcard app in development now. When it's not being used, you can put the snap-on cover over it to prevent scratching. I throw it in my bag so it's nice to have a little cover for it. Especially when I write a to-do list and bring it with me. The stylus snaps on the side when not in use. The Jot 4.5 with clearview retails for around $20.
One more thing I wanted to note is that Boogie Boards come with a warranty. I had a problem with one that my son purchased on his own and Boogie Board replaced it and had great customer service. So, make sure to check out the warranty details on their website.