Monday, March 15, 2010
Quality Apps for Kids
Don't get me wrong, I would not advocate the use of any electronic entertainment for preschoolers on a daily basis or for long stretches of time. Children should be nurtured and cared for by real adults with real conversations and real world experiences. I used to be very anti- video, dvd, and battery operated toy, but found that sometimes these forms of entertainment make life much easier. I think they preserve our sanity as parents and when used minimally do no harm to our children. I remember very well those days when a DVD meant I was able to get a shower without hearing my child screaming the whole time. My pre baby ideals sorta went out the window at that point.
With that being said, I want to share with you these adorable preschool applications for Iphones and Ipods. My 2 year old (23 months actually) LOVES my Ipod Touch and can turn it on, unlock the screen, scroll through a few pages of aps to her page. Then she bounces back and forth between a few of her favorites (Jingle Bells, an animal spelling game, tic tac toe, doodle aps, etc). Today I was trying to find one she had enjoyed playing on my sister's phone when I came across these adorable aps from Tickle Tap Aps. We purchased Sound Shaker first and I knew we had found something special! Then I picked up Field Flier because the little bird was such a hit, and since I want her to get a better grasp of numbers I got Count Caddy as well. The graphics are so much cuter than anything else I have seen and the games are more creative. These aps were $1.99 each but I think they are worth that. Just make sure your kiddos enjoy them responsibly :) Now if only Apple made something to keep toddlers out of the other applications (calendar, contacts, etc) when they exit their games!