Having a little bundle of joy in your house sure is a lot of fun, but there comes this point where you're not quite ready for your child to have a full computer (boy do they love to throw things like mice and keyboards) but you still want them to learn to love technology and grow developmentally. What do you do? Here's a few tips from a new dad who loves his tech.
Recently, my 20-month-old boy KJ had to go to the hospital for a minor surgery, and I needed to keep him occupied for a few hours prior to the procedure. By just bringing my iPad and loading it up with a few key things, I made his time in a strange place much more comfortable, and as a result, happier.
Toy Story Read-Along
My son is a huge Pixar fan, but it was only recently that he really started to enjoy the Toy Story series. He loves books though, and what's great about this one is that it highlights each word as it's read aloud, making it easy for him to follow along and learn in the process. When he gets bored with that though, there are also games, music and a virtual coloring book that he can play with. We probably spent more time coloring than reading, but it's still a good call for parents with young ones.
PBS KIDS Video for iPad
Like most preschoolers and toddlers, my son is a big fan of Sesame Street and his favorite character, Elmo. But he also likes lots of other PBS characters, and that's why the PBS KIDS Video for iPad was a perfect choice. We were able to pick between popular titles like The Cat in the Hat, Super Why and of course, Sesame Street, and watch short clips on the go. There's even a parents section so you can find out more about what the app does, which is very handy.
Learn Along with Sesame
Did you know that there's a whole section in the iTunes store for free TV shows? If not, you're missing a goldmine of videos for your kiddo, including these gems from Sesame Street. As of right now there are 17 free kids episodes of the show for download, and although some of them are a bit heavy (When Families Grieve, for example), they're still a great resource for your child.
Angry Birds HD Free
My son is still a bit young to know how to play games, but he still loves interacting with the iPad in a way that is new and exciting. Now that's not my kid in the video above, but his reaction was pretty similar, and he loved watching me play with the game, and playing with it a bit himself. He just sat on my lap and worked the time away while we waited for our appointment.