When I first laid eyes on the Apple iPad it was love at first sight! After we bought it, I was fiercely protective towards it. It had to be protected at any cost from my son who had already damaged the keypad of my laptop. So for about three months he did not even know about its existence. Then I discovered it’s educational angle A friend’s 2 year old son is just learning to talk, but he already recognizes the letters of the alphabhet thanks to an iPad spelling game for toddlers. He could match all the letters of the alphabet correctly with its corresponding letter tiles. I was amazed at how effortlessly he was choosing the correct tile and dragging it on the corresponding letter. There are similar number games too.
There are ‘shape’ games where toddlers just have to listen to what shape needs to be identified and touch the correct shape from amongst a variety to hear a roaring applaud from the iPad. Talking Frog Boy is an adorable little froggy on the screen copying everything you say in his cute croaky voice. He laughs when you tickle him, he says ouch when you poke him in the eye and jumps when you poke his body.
Kids love to hear the froggy repeat everything they say to
him. It’s pure joy! Of course there are several drawing and painting applications that kids and parents love equally -think finger painting without the mess.
I especially love the story application which gives a new story everyday for the kids. Aah! God bless them thoughtful iPad application makers. Most of these applications are free, so go explore with your kids.