It seems these days everyone has an opinion on children and technology. Whether or not children should have electronics, cell phones, or even watch television.
I am a huge supporter of technology and providing children the means to explore. With my boys only being 2 and 3 there are obviously limits. Limits on time, content, and when & where they are allowed to use devices.
I am guilty of allowing my children to watch cartoons while I’m trying to accomplish something around the house. My own opinion is cartoons have come a long way since I was young and watched them. I mean I used to watch Tom & Jerry and Loony Toons. Which despite my turning out just fine from watching the animals always beating each other, I have to say, I’m impressed with today’s shows.
The favorites we watch (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Paw Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Caillou, and Daniel The Tiger) are so educational. Teaching letters, numbers, reading, problem solving, emotions, and social skills, diversity, and even a second language. Not at all like cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s.
I have an app on my phone that I love for my boys. It is called Kiddo Land. I reviewed this app quite some time ago, however that have done many updates and continue to make it greater and greater. It has toddler songs, read along stories, hand eye coordination games, nursery rhymes, and colors/shapes.
Also ABC Mouse is a huge hit in our home! Such a beautiful designed website for children ages 2 – 7+. These are the kinds of developmental apps and websites that I am happy to let my boys use.
** One of my new favorite technology devices I love to share with the kids is the Amazon Dot.
The Dot is really cool. It has many “skills” you can download to it. We have a bunch, but the ones I use the most with the kids are:
Twenty Questions— which the boys really get a kick out of.
Ambient Noise, Babbling Brook— great at bedtime.
Short Bedtime Story— So fun! You can ask Alexa to tell a short bedtime story to _________ (insert your child’s name). Then it will come up with a silly short story with their name in it.
The skills I love are:
Happy Days— This gives you an inspirational quote when you need a little lift.
Oprah Magazine— Oprah herself is narrating, from her book What I Know for Sure. A Collection of intimate pieces from her monthly magazine.
Dog Facts— Pretty obvious what this is.