Our little 7 month old is always watching mummy and daddy on our laptops and takes a heap of interest in what we do. Whenever we put her near a keyboard, she loves bashing away on it in delight.
I've just recently installed Babysmash! and she absolutely loves it!
Does anyone else have any good recommendations for simple apps for +6 month old babies to bash away at? Something educational with animal pictures/noises would be ideal...
Other than BabySmash! I haven't heard of anything.
It's only because I'm reading it right now that I'd remember this, but the book Bright from the Start suggests to minimize time with electronic gadgets like cell phones, PDAs, laptops and desktop computers (and this is to promote more face-to-face interaction between the parent and child).
However, it did say that toy laptops and cell phones are ok.
answered 12 Jan '10, 04:59
I subscribed to the belief that babies should get no screen time whatsoever, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics with regard to TV (I'm not sure they explicitly say the same about computers, but I don't know why it would be any different). So I don't necessarily have a recommendation for kids that young.
However, when my son was old enough (1.5-2, I don't quite remember), we got a lot out of putting him in front of a simple photo browsing program to view family photos and the like. It was great -- required no coordination other than hitting the up and down arrow keys to cycle through the photos, but paging through the photos was enough to feel like he was making it do something, he was intently interested in the photos, and I figured looking at family photos was probably the least brain-rotting thing he could do.
When a little older (maybe 2.5?) and had better motor control, he really enjoyed TuxPaint, a free paint program aimed at kids. He still enjoys this immensely at 3.5.
answered 12 Jan '10, 06:48
Both of my kids like browsing through Cute Overload. I try to turn it into a very basic biology lesson, teaching the names of different animals and their sounds and stuff like that.
For my son, we took my old laptop keyboard that he "killed" by spilling a drink over it and let him play with it.
My daughter has a Laughtop that she and my son like to play with. It teaches letters, phonics, etc and has a "mouse" for a couple of games to help with coordination. And it's really tough. As the box of Kix says, "Kid Tested. Mother Approved."
Due to the above mentioned drink incident, we try to limit how much exposure the kids have to real computers. At least until they are less accident prone.
answered 12 Jan '10, 16:29