I have an iPad, first generation. I got it for Mother’s Day in 2009 right after CB was born.
Correction: CB has an iPad. I just use it at night when he’s sleeping. 😛
We’ve been toting around the iPad when we go to restaurants and other public places to reduce the chances of a meltdown in public. Those are always fun. CB’s been using the iPad for quite a while. In the beginning, he used to watch the movies we uploaded onto it – mainly Baby Einstein videos. I also bought the Baby Einstein application, which costs around $1.99 which is misleading. For $1.99, you get like 1-2 snippets of a partial video and then you have to buy the rest for like 99 cents each. Or 1.99 each, if you’re going for the flashcard part of it. I bought the whole damn thing for CB because he loved it so much. It wasn’t too shabby because he still goes to it these days to use it and he’s way too old for Baby Einstein now.
At first we would get disapproving stares from people in restaurants because we would crack it out once CB would start screaming or something, which is pretty often. But hey, Meanie and I want to eat out at a restaurant, please don’t mind my kid who is sitting there quietly and watching his Baby Einstein video. All of you are all just mad because you didn’t think of it first, you disapproving people! 😛
Other times we would get admiring looks. Not admiring of us but at the skillz my kid has. He can zoom around on the iPad, swiping and sliding here and there. It wasn’t like that in the beginning. I’d have to do it for him all the time after he screamed he wanted something. One day, I sat down with him and taught him to slide and sweep around on the iPad. Now he’s a pro. He can totally show up some old-timers on the iPad/iPhone (like my parents, lol). Although at times, I crack up when CB goes up to the laptop/desktop screen/TV and tries to swipe stuff around. I’m sure everything will be all touch screen in due time.
Have you guys ever heard of Puzzingo?
It’s a kid’s application that resembles a lot like the wooden kiddie puzzles, just in app form! It’s pretty nifty. I found it a while ago on the App Store. Once in a while, I browse through the Top 25 looking for new apps for me and for CB. If it looks interesting, I’ll download it and see how it goes. I don’t need to show CB these new apps. He has specific folders on both my iPhone and iPad so he knows where to look. Lately, he’s been playing Puzzingo. A LOT. He goes nuts if it’s not working properly and it’s a total meltdown city.
Here’s how one of the puzzles look. You just touch the objects on the right side and slide it to where it belongs. It’s also educational because there’s a woman’s voice that names the object and after you place it into its spot where it belongs, you can touch the object and it makes the sound. In the case of a bee, it would make this Bzzing sound. So it’s not just a game, it’s a learning game. I usually prefer to download educational apps for CB. I want him to learn and to have fun. And he does!
I don’t disagree with that. I believe it is one of the best apps for kids. Very entertaining.
One day last week, I was playing with Puzzingo (Ok, I like it, too, so shoot me!) and I noticed that in the corner that you can gain access to a secret puzzle! Hey, why not? All it required you to do was to leave a great review on the App Store so I did. And then you send an email to 77 Sparx (the company that makes Puzzingo) and tell them which review is yours. I received a reply fairly quickly and was asked to do a customer interview via telephone for feedback purposes. So I did. Today, in fact. I hope I was coherent and not as giggly as I tend to do while nervous. I don’t do phone work all that well. I prefer to do communication in person or in email/text. Am I weird? 😦 Also, they offer you a gift card for your time. How nice is that?
In short, download Puzzingo for your kids. It’s a real favorite with CB. 77 Sparx also makes other apps so I’ve downloaded/purchased them too. CB hasn’t really discovered them yet but I’m sure he will, in time.
Here are some other apps that CB prefers:
Kideos – it’s an app based on the website. It’s basically a bunch of YouTube videos that are categorized into age groups. CB prefers the dancing animal ones (like the dog or techno chicken, don’t ask). He’s also found some other videos that are pretty entertaining, like The Elephant Song, The Rhino Song and Gummi Bears. LOL
[Warning: These songs will repeat in your head over and over again, especially if your kid has it on repeat.]
Another app that CB likes is Tozzle. It’s a lot like Puzzingo but for some reason, CB prefers Puzzingo. I’m not sure why that is.
Are you familiar with the TV channel called Sprout? It’s basically a TV channel where they play kiddie shows, a bit like Nick for Kids, Disney channel, etc. We first discovered this channel in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. They have it playing all day so we got hooked. I was delighted to see that FIOS has it in its channel listing so now our TV’s are permanently on Sprout for CB. And for BB! 🙂
They have an app called Dress Chica – where you can dress the little chicken from the show. [When I told the people at Puzzingo about this, I could literally hear them ROFLing in the background. I’m sure my colleagues were like WTF is she talking about??] Hee hee. By the way, this app also lets the kids take a snapshot of their dressed up Chicas. I can’t tell you how many times I went to view my photos on my iPhone and found countless pictures of Chica in various states of dress. LOL
CB also loves the Super Why application. He loves the show and he loves books, so why wouldn’t he love Super Why? I like it how it’s good and educational and now he knows his alphabet, I’m starting to see he can recognize words and maybe read a little bit!
Mickey Mouse Road Rally is another favorite. Yes, he has quite a lot of favorites. I’ve noticed CB has incorporated a lot of Mickey Mouse language into his own. Sometimes when he wants something, we ask him to say the magic word and he’ll say: “Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse!” Which is the password to get into the Secret Clubhouse. Hah! He also likes to say “Oh Toodles!” a lot too. Haa haa. it’s really all too cute.
I also have a variety of flashcard apps that CB enjoys as well. I really believe that these apps are helping him learn new things every day and he’s having good fun out of learning, too. That’s a huge plus in my book!
Do your kids have any favorite apps on your tablet/mobile phones? Please do share!