My parents completed my Apple trifecta by gifting me with a fancy new ipad on my birthday last weekend. I can’t keep all the fun to myself, because really, how many stupid faces can you make with PhotoBooth before you feel a little immature? Aodhan had already played around with his grandparents’ iPads during their Christmas visit, so he knew what it was immediately, and was clamouring to give it a go.
There are some pretty great apps out there. Really. But, what seems like an insignificant amount of money per app, can really add up – because, you know, you can never really have enough paint programs. I also find it slightly bothersome that even with great reviews, we end up buying apps that stink. It is like anything though, lots of paid-for reviews, and very little opportunity to try before we buy (lite versions can solve this problem).
Instead of giving you a list of my fav apps, because I find these lists a bit useless, I am going to show you a couple of fun ways to harness the iPad to make your own ‘app’ – like activities to get your kids thinking outside the Apple.
This is great! I am so ecstatic with how much play we got out of this.
When your dear one is otherwise occupied, build as many different versions of duplo (or lego, or wooden block) towers as you like. For each tower you create, snap a photo. These photos will save in your iPad’s photo stream.
When you are ready to share this, place all the needed blocks in a small basket and present them and the iPad to your child. Open the ‘Photos’ icon and share with them the idea of of recreating the image that they see on the screen.
Same concept as above, but with patterns that can be continued beyond the iPad. I created some patterns and Aodhan was asked to continue the pattern on the rug. Again, I really like presenting the items they need for this in a little basket to keep them from feeling overwhelmed.
This was obviously inspired by the hugely famous and successful collection of iSpy books, which all kids seem to gravitate to at some point. I have also seen some mamas on pinterest make their own iSpy books for their kiddos, and I thought an iPad version would be just as fun.
A little more time consuming than the other two, but it is so great to create these with toys from your own house – a personal touch. Just make little vignettes of toys or items from around the house and snap a photo. Now, snap a second photo of the items that you want your kid to find. You could just have these side by side in a PhotoAlbum that your child could shuttle between, but I am a geek and went into PicMonkey and resized each photo, and then layered the ‘find me’ photo over the vignette, allowing for easier viewing.
Loved making these and loved watching Aodhan play with them. All of these could be easily made or converted to your iPhone or iPods for easy travel!
Have you used your iPad to make any of your own Apps or activities? Would love to hear about them.
This post was sponsored by Grammie and Grampy.