A few years ago, my children became of electronic age. You know, the age when they begin begging for a leapster or Nintendo ds. Everybody had one. Truth—>one little boy we knew had one.
But my kids were fortunate that I saw some value in the use of these small hand held electronics. For me, that value is summed up in two words: doctor’s offices. Yep, we live in them. Most weeks, we find ourselves in at least one office seeking medical care. I thought having small handheld devices would help me entertain 4 children during long wait times without having to lug heavy bags of books and toys.
After much research, I determined that getting them an iPod touch was the way to go. A refurbished iPod touch was around $80-100, while most of the competing hand helds were around $175. Plus, the apps on an iPod touch ran between $0-$5. Far better than the $25-50 game cartridges that might get lost.
I was sold. We did a little looking and traded around with friends and family to secure 3 iPod touches. Which of course, led to a mass need for apps. Over the years, we have come to love apps and depend on them for all kinds of needs. This week, I am going to share 5 days of the best educational apps out there.
Before we get started, I want to give you a few tips that we’ve learned a long the way.
- Ask for iTunes gift cards for birthdays, holidays and any time someone wants to bless your child.
- If you have little guys, you might invest in a toddler safe case.
- We have a MUST SIT rule while using iPods. Even the best of us drop them.
- Our iPods do not have internet. I learned this the hard way. Internet leads to unsupervised images and even if you think your child is too young to get into trouble- think again. Protect them by not granting internet access. Most of the great games do not require it anyway.
- I would strongly advice against MOST free games. They are free because they include advertising. That advertising is not for children, and can be offensive.
I’ll see you back here on Monday for a week of electronic fun! Don’t be late!
Update—> be sure to check out the other posts in this series:
Until then, feel free to check out the other 5 day series topics that will be featured next week!
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