Nearly all cell phones now come with the capability of downloading applications, or apps. For some this is the reason to buy a certain phone, they are not only for phone calls anymore. Internet connections keep us in touch with email and social updates, and the numerous games available entertain us when we have some down time. The availability of games and entertainment are what draw many to these multi-purpose phones. For those with young children, it is popular especially with the many iPhone games for toddlers.
When deciding on the best downloads for your child, think of what they are most interested in and what holds their attention the longest. Their favorite TV shows can also be helpful as many now have created games to go along with what they see on TV. Dora and Diego are two of the more popular ones and encourage learning along with speaking a second language. Most importantly is to review the products so you know what your child is playing and that it is not too advanced for them, this can frustration rather than them learning and having fun.
Most children loves farms and animals, discovering the different sounds and what happens outside their world is exciting. To go along with this enthusiasm there are hundreds of titles that revolve around animals. The old favorite, See and Say, has been made for the iPhone helping kids put the animal and the sound they make together. Also popular are match games, and others that have been developed using toys they often have at home, such as the little people play sets.
Reading is an important part of anyone’s life, so starting them off with simple word applications can help teach them the basics. There are many others available that help them put together simple words and sounds, recognizing how they work together and putting words with the picture of the object. Since the phone the games are on may not always be available, the stories they read on the phone are available in paperback, so they can continually see what they are learning.
Though many will focus on teaching, some are for fun and learning about the world around them. Games that teach a child how to dress themselves, or clean up their toys are a good way to introduce them to growing up. By practicing on a doll or in a game, they are able to then apply what they see on their own and may begin to dress themselves to show how they can do it.
The list of apps that are available is extensive and it is possible for anyone, not only children, to be using the phone for hours on end, because of this there are concerns of it being used as a babysitter, almost like the Television. Used in the right way, however, letting toddlers and young children play with the phone can teach them and they will benefit. At this age, they may see if simply as playing with a grown up phone, when they are actually learning through play and entertainment.
Beyond the games and applications, others aspect of the phone can help them learn as well. Allowing your child to take pictures while you are out, or turn the phone on and off, is in itself teaching them about technology and how it works. The pictures they take can help you see the world through their eyes and understand what they feel about the world around them. Their world is a place of technology; it is never too early to learn about it.
No matter the interest, the game, or application you desire there is one out there for you and your toddler. Letting them use the iPhone can be a learning tool when used in the right way. Learning from this early age will help them later in life when they start school and must adhere to limitations. So, let them play, teach them to take turns and know technology will always be a part of their life.
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