Smart Play Smart Bilingual Art Projector by Ingenio Review

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Smart Play is an educationally friendly company which is also committed to bilingual learning. All of their products are geared for bilingual learning. Smart Play has offered me a Smart Projector to review!
The Smart Projector is designed for children ages 3 & up. It’s extremely simple to use. Pull it out of the box, pop the two base arms on, and you’re ready to go! Great for use in the classroom or at home!
Insert one of the little round discs into the machine, flip the light switch on, and it then projects the image onto the paper to trace. The discs include Animals, Alphabet Letters, Numbers, and English/Spanish words. It has sections on the side arms to hold crayons as well as slots to hold the discs. You can even make the neck of the projector lower and higher to change the size of the pictures you are drawing. No wonder it received the 2009 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine!
After inserting a disc, placing paper on the table, then flipping the projector light ON, the child can then practice writing letters of the alphabet, numbers, tracing animals, and also writing the names of that animal in English and Spanish on the paper provided.

I was very eager to try this Smart Projector out. My 3 year old son knows all of his letters & their phonetic sounds, as well as some spelling, but he absolutely hates drawing or trying to write/trace letters. I have worked with him in tracing workbooks which he likes for a little while, then gets bored of very quickly. For the life of me I just cannot get him to trace or write a letter-until now! This Smart Projector really peaked his interest because it is so simple for him to do it himself. And to have his own projector with lots of things to twist and interchange? What could be better?!

I couldn’t believe it. I thought he’d be interested for a little bit and then run off to do something else, but he spent more than an hour at his Smart Projector the first night we pulled it out of the box. He only stopped because we made him go to bed. The next several days after we received our Smart Projector he has asked several times a day to use it! He is finding a lot of pride in being able to write “octopus”, “sheep”, and other lengthy words all by himself!

My son can’t even draw a straight line, and after receiving his Smart Projector he is happily tracing away whole words and coloring the animal projections on his paper! The Smart Projector is a great way to encourage children to learn how to write, to help left handed children write better, to teach both English and Spanish words, and even teach them to draw different shapes! This is a superb tool for helping to improve minor motor skills!

(Ok- I traced the elephant! But my son did the letters all by himself. Not bad for a lefty!)
I love that the Smart Projector entices my son to write his letters and try tracing animals. I love the sense of pride my son has when he shows me he wrote “elephant” on his paper! I love that this is so simple my 3 year old can do it himself without my help except for helping him change his discs (the eject button is a little hard to push).
I love that you can use this projector in a well lit room or in a dark room! I also love that a child can use this who is left handed OR right handed. (My son is left handed which sometimes makes projects a bit harder.) I am always looking for things to improve my son’s slow minor motor skills and this is an incredible way to do so! The only thing that I have found I do not like about the projector is that you can not hold the crayon “properly” because your hand will block the projector light and you cannot see to trace.
But my son quickly learned to hold his crayon slightly to the side in order to see the lines and has had no problem writing that way. Considering that my son refused to even try and write a letter or draw a line before he received his Smart Projector, I can handle him not properly holding a crayon for a while!
You can buy other great bilingual products from Smart Play (Ingenio) on Amazon!

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