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More and more children are gaming on iPads; smartphones and other tablets spending tons of time in front of screens that we can’t quite get them away from. Beyond Tablet is here to change the game, as some would say.

I had the opportunity to visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with my, 3-year-old son and 6-year-old niece to introduce them to this new and cool, educational learning device: Beyond Tablet.

What is Beyond Tablet?

Essentially, it’s a tablet without a screen. A play surface that mixes physical elements like blocks and cards with a smart board that guides kids and parents through a variety of games.

The tablet comes with maps that you place over the board and the surface recognizes the game overlays that start the game.

John Shi, CEO of Beyond Screen, said his company is focused on family or multiplayer use. You can tell he was very passionate about his work and like many parents; he wanted a way to teach and connect with his toddler in a way that didn’t involve constantly looking at a screen. Instead, he wanted to bring back the times where families sat down n interacted with each other.

“The original intention to invent the “Beyond Tablet” was to give Jasper (his 4-year-old son) a fun toy, which did not hurt his eyes and that could be played together with the whole family, as well as an educational platform that integrates the best practices of pre-school education.

He envisioned a game that would inspire his son’s interest in music, improve his working memory, and exercise his logical thinking.

John was very hands on in showing the visiting kids how to play the games and explaining the goal of each game. Most importantly, he stressed how valuable Beyond Tablet is in creating a more engaging, positive learning environment in your home.

John, the creator of Beyond Tablet explaining how to play Lost Pyramids.
Mini showing her cousin how to play Lost Pyramid

Interested in picking up a Beyond Tablet to enhance learning and fun during your next family game night? It can be purchased for $199, which sounds like a lot, but for an interactive learning experience for the entire family to enjoy, we say it is worth the price.

Learn more about the Beyond Table here.

Disclosure: The Beyond Tablet was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Shani, a Brooklynite, is the owner of 71ateChef, and mother of two year old Cayden and newborn daughter Aria Rose . She shares her love of the culinary arts with her clients, friends and family. Oh, and lets not forget her mini chef, Cayden, whom you will see featured in many of her posts.


  • Very interested concept. I spend a lot of time engaging my children without using technology so this board game/tablet is genius.

  • Toni Wiggins-Sorzano

    Now this sounds like a good idea. And yes $200 is pricey but we are already spending that on phones and iPads.

  • Kasi Perkins

    This seems like a really great tablet for kids! I don’t have any yet, but I’ll let my sister know about it!

  • I love this, my daughter is 5 and this would be great for her. It reminds me of an old school toy I used to play with growing up.

  • This is great!! I think my Kiddies could use a bit of screen-less play time and this looks like the perfect way to make it happy and still make sure they have fun!

  • Eva

    I love It! I always worry about the kids’ eyes and these devices. The price is pretty good too. Seems like it can do a number of amazing things!

  • Shantel Turner-Collins

    I’m always looking for ways to make the learning process more enjoyable. I’ve never heard of this tablet, but I will be looking further into it to find out more. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cool activities for a whole family without eyes glued to separate mini screens. We usually do the old fashion board games and outside activities too. I’ll have to look into this tablet as well.

  • This is such a dope concept. It’s so easy to throw a tablet or an iPad in front of a kid but actually giving them something engaging that enhances their learning is so much more meaningful.

  • Tryphena Wade

    I’m amazed at the number and variety of products available for kids nowadays. Sometimes I feel like it’s gadget overload, but I appreciate that many of these gadgets are learning tools as well! It’s crazy how technology has grown in just a few years!

  • Okay, so how awesome is this tablet. Really! More screenless tablet lol. I love the fact that it is something the family can do together. Although pricey, anything that gets my family engaged together and doing something fun together is worth it. The kids looked really excited to play with it. So glad you all enjoyed it.