The boys have been up to so much these past few weeks! Well, more so that they have been learning so many new things and they just keep getting more fun to watch every day. The first thing that they have been doing so well is learning the alphabet. I went to the Goodwill and bought this electronic alphabet board called “Phonics Tiles” that they both absolutely love for only $7.99. It’s made by a company called Neurosmith, and it looks like an older product. I did a search online and could only find it on Amazon, so I don’t think they make the game anymore. But both boys pretty much already know all of the letters of the alphabet and learned them within a week! I am so shocked at how quickly they learn new things and how many new things they can learn in such a short time frame.
They have also been learning shapes and colors with iTouch apps. It’s been getting more difficult for diaper changes, so we give them an old iTouch to play with while getting changed and it works out great. I just recently downloaded some of the apps for kids, and I must say they are definitely learning from them.
If anyone has ever had any doubt whether or not a few minutes a day with educational apps can be good for kids, hands down, I am totally for it. I think it stimulates a different part of their brains, but they are learning at the same time. It is amazing to watch Tyler play the games, and watching him really think things through when it’s asking him where a certain letter or shape is.
So, I wanted to find out what your opinion is on letting toddlers use electronic tablets/phones for games or educational games? Do you think it’s a good or bad thing? What are some of your favorite apps for kids? How long do you let them play the games?
The other thing that they have been doing is dancing. It’s a hoot to watch! I’ll listen to music throughout the day and usually they don’t really pay much attention to it, but I happened to put on the song called “When I’m Gone” by Lulu and the Lampshades and they both absolutely loved the intro. It has a really catchy intro and they both started busting out dance moves I’ve never even seen! I’m not even sure where they learned these moves.
Molly lives in Portland, Oregon, and is a stay-at-home mom with twin 16-month-old boys. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Oregon five years ago with her husband.