Why the iPad is a perfect computer for a toddler
I was fortunate to be able to borrow an iPad from work for a couple of months and it was a big hit with my three year old son Aled. The touch screen interface is very intuitive and he found his way around it very quickly (in contrast to our experiences with testing the Ben & Betty software on a laptop PC).
But it is not just the touch screen interface that appeals to Aled, it is the fantastic range of apps that have been specifically designed for pre-schoolers.
Aled’s favourite apps on the iPad were:
- Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue – an excellent interactive book with video clip, jigsaws, dot-to-dot and pair matching puzzles. £2.99
- Peppa Pig’s Party Time – a set of simple games based on a party theme, including filling party bags, making a cake and musical chairs. £2.99
- Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – another wonderful interactive book, narrated by the lovely David Tennant (see youtube video below). £5.49
My favourite app on the iPad was the Zinio Reader as this allowed me to read some of my favourite magazines onscreen. For example, I have a Zinio subscription to Mollie Makes and the iPad screen makes it really easy to browse through the pages, and enlarge sections to view them in more detail. It is even possible to click on links to websites mentioned in the text.
I handed the iPad back in to work today as it is needed for another project. But something tells me that it won’t be long before we end up buying one for us to use on a more permanent basis.