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The OLPC arrived home while my daughter was out and just before her 4th birthday. On seeing it she immediately identified it as a laptop, for children (as hers).

Opening unprompted took 11 seconds inspite of the worried parents trying to prevent bits being pulled off. It has proven to be very rugged. The internal keyboard is functional and sealed – important around kids whose idea of no juice near the keyboard involves ensuring actual contact is (mostly) avoided. Twice the touch pad has been very difficult to use but a wipe with a damp cloth has sorted it ( even although visually it looks clean).

The activities currently available are targeted at at an older group apart from the elementary sound making activity, drawing and websurfing. All these where found pretty quickly and used by the little one. She was frustrated by the lack of activities directed at her age group. She attempted the older ones, being able to see the progression from what she is taught at nursery but they are more abstract and rely on better reading skills than she currently has. Some more symbolic –graphic or audio cued activities may bridge this gap.

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