1) She is a cronic video viewer. And she prefers her own personal viewing device, which was, prior to the ipad purchase, one of our iphones. Which was fine, mostly. But sometimes I want to text from my phone. Or play a game. And so did my husband.
2)This world revolves around technology. We want her to be up-to-date on these things and the only way to do that is to give her a good solid start.
3) We needed something she could watch in the car. Our iphones worked, but she kept calling people. And every time we got a phone call, it would interupt her viewing pleasure. No bueno.
4) There are oodles of apps that teach shapes and colors and all sorts of other things. It just seemed like this would be the best solution to the car and rainy day boredom with an interactive education bonus.
Since we made this decision, I have been scouring the App Store for good quality apps. I purchased three last night and downloaded a few free ones.
My favorites are the flash card inspired apps. We have an entire series of animals, which is cool because Emi will be an animal expert by the time she turns two. We played with the Peekaboo Barn this morning and she seemed to adore it. The barn starts shaking and making an animal sound. When she taps the barn, the doors open and the animal appears. It zooms in and says the animal's name. Then when she taps it again, the process repeats.
Written by Heather Sullivan. All images and writtings copy right 2012.