Roo’s YouTube addiction has finally gotten the better of me.
I am at the point where if I hear The Duck Song emanate from my iPad again, I may hunt down the person who wrote it, sang it, illustrated it and decided it would be a good idea to put it on YouTube.
And when I find that person, things will not be pretty.
And I’m not just concerned with my annoyance levels either (although I’m pretty sure if there was some kind of scale in which my annoyance could be measured, it would be at the “alarming” end).
What I’m worried about, ultimately, is what Roo is learning from these videos.
Children are little sponges. Drooling and sticky, but sponges nonetheless. They learn quickly and efficiently, especially through play.
So if my daughter is trawling videos, or texting a random assortment of letters to my friends, or deleting photos and apps all for fun, what is she really learning? What is she taking away from her time with her beloved “co-putah”?
So I’ve been forced to take drastic measures.
And by drastic I mean I’ve been sent some items from the Fisher-Price Apptivity range and I’m sold on them.
Roo’s device of choice is the iPad, so the Laugh and Learn Apptivity™iPad Case has been a winner. First of all, it allows me to keep the home button out of reach, so she can’t head to YouTube, or any other app, without my help.
It has a protective screen and sturdy case which protect my precious link to the outside world from any jostling that may occur between siblings, and vegemite fingers that I might miss at breakfast cleanup.
There’s a handle (Roo is fond of wandering around the house with the iPad in order to show me her latest activity so I really like this feature) and busy beads, as well as three play options – flat, easel and rocker – so you could probably take this with you for car trips, or out to lunch to keep a toddler occupied while Mummy gets some adult face-time.
The Apptivity iPad case becomes interactive with some great Fisher –Price apps available free of charge in the iTunes store.
Roo’s favourites are the Giggle Gang and the Laugh and Learn Shapes and Colours Music Show – which I like because although she is very good at identifying both shapes and colours, her pronunciation could use some work.
I was very pleased to see her repeating the songs and phrases as she played with the app. Roo thought it was hilarious that if she tilted the screen, all the shapes would fall to one side and then the other.
The Two have been obsessed with the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Monkey ever since he came out of the post bag Fisher-Price sent us, and well before I locked my iPhone® securely in his belly.
In our home he has been dubbed “Kiki” and the boys think he is out-of-this-world awesome.
I downloaded the free Laugh and Learn Learning Letters Monkey app and I am super impressed with its interactive capabilities. He has four paws, all of which have a different theme – shapes and colours, numbers, letters and music.
Without the phone, each paw will sing a song, say a phrase or play a tune (Oscar squeezes the Monkey into oblivion every time he says: “you’re my friend!”).
With the phone, the Monkey’s paws become an easy, tactile and fun way to control the app. Press the shapes paw and the app begins displaying shapes and colours, press the letters paw and the app is directed to a very cute alphabet game.
I’m always so surprised at how fast toddlers pick things up, especially when they are enjoying themselves. It’s such a period of vast learning and progression, it’s nice that the Laugh and Learn™ Apptivity™ range gives me a chance to teach them about technology and the basics whilst my kids are having a great time.
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