Kids learning through apps??

Shelly - posted on 09/09/2016 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone!

I want to know what your opinion is on kids learning apps. I keep hearing about this game called The "Animal Magic coloring book" My sister recommended it to me and said her kids love it and have learned to say a couple of animal names through playing the game.

Here is the app if anyone wants to see what I am talking about (I would love to hear what your thoughts are on the game? Is it something I should let my son play with?)

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/kids-learning-games-animals/id1038941564?mt=8
Whats your thoughts on letting your kids play with these apps?

Thanks,
Shelly

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Ev - posted on 09/10/2016

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I think people are not looking at other routes to teach their kids things and looking for some sort of babysitter. What happened to taking a few small books, toys, and other things to keep a child entertained? What ever happened to point out things in a new place and teaching the child the name of the things there, the colors, how big or small they are, and other things? Kids learn more with one on one and in seeing and interacting with the world around them than with apps.

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Jodi - posted on 09/10/2016

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I am going to absolutely 100% agree with Michelle that colouring the old fashioned way is far better for development than doing it on an iPad. Colouring with pencils, crayons, etc, develops fine motor skills that later in development impacts on the ability to hold a pencil or pen and write. I'm not a fan of devices for very young children, because I believe they actually counteract the physical development that is needed. Instead of giving your child an iPad while you are cooking dinner, sit them down at a table or in a place near the kitchen, given them a colouring book and some crayons, and encourage them to colour in. Or if they are super creative - a blank piece of paper and crayons. You can also then chat to them as you cook, and even involve them (depending on the age).

I don't disagree with 15 minutes here and there, but there are so many better ways to assist your child with development.

These apps are more interactive that basic books ONLY if you choose not to read with your child. When you read with your child, it can be as interactive as your combined imaginations take you - let's remember that imagination is important too. Too much interactivity reduces imagination.

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2016

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What happened to old fashioned colouring books and crayons?
My 6yo still loves to colour the old fashioned way. It's better than putting a device in their hands, it works on their fine motor skills where using a device doesn't.

Ev - posted on 09/10/2016

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I agree that technology is making great changes in our world in many ways but you can not beat the old stand by of reading to a child Shelly. There is more to it than that. Do you not love to sit in a comfortable chair or on the couch cuddled up with your infant, toddler, preschooler and even older child to teen reading a book together? It is more than just an old book, and it is more interactive than a screen because you are holding that child and reading to them and they hear your voice not electronic sounds to keep them happy. It brings the bond of mother and child closer. That is also what it is about. Can a computer, tablet, phone, or other device hug your child, sweetly read them a story, and cuddle with them?

Dove - posted on 09/10/2016

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Technology IS important in our world today... but not for babies/toddlers.. even for preschoolers it's not necessary and can be potentially harmful. You are talking to women who have adult children, teenage children, and even some youngish children.. You asked for our input and that is what it is.

Shelly - posted on 09/10/2016

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You don't need technology to raise your kids. I agree with you on that completely. Don't you agree though that the world is always changing. Computers were once disagreed on and now they have a massive impact on every major school. and career. Bettering our lives in some fashion.

I think that these apps and games can be more interactive then a basic kids book.

Ev - posted on 09/10/2016

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Shelly--
How do you think moms got anything done without the apps and technology?

Shelly - posted on 09/10/2016

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I see exactly what you mean. I am always making an effort to teach my child through every day activity but there is always those days that you need to get something done. id rather have my child learning on my device in the room with me for 15 min then attempting to entertain them well cooking dinner or cleaning the house.

I would never let them use it for hours everyday, just when needed. I think technology can be a big asset to our kids learning.

Ev - posted on 09/10/2016

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I know and it pains me that the ones that are so into tech are failing to see it!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/10/2016

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Kids do learn more with one on one and every day activity Ev! My oldest learned how to read road signs early on, because our commute home was 15 miles. We would read the signs to him as we drove, and one day he popped off with "that sign says 'Ault 10 miles, mom'!" Of course we always interacted with them. You have seen the commercial where it looks like an adult is talking to themselves and being really obvious? One had a lady doing laundry saying things like "these are pants, and where do pants go...on your head?" Then they pan the camera out and she is talking to her baby who is sitting in his seat on the counter...

The main point of those ads is that kids learn more from personal interaction than they ever will from an app. I am actually glad we didn't have that when my kids were young!

Ev - posted on 09/10/2016

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My kids had a game each one Christmas that went on to our first computer. They got to play a little while at a time. But I monitered their time and even access to the internet up to the end of high school when at my house. Not sure how dad handled it in his house. They each one never got phones until older nor did they want one. My grandkids have full access to tech but they also play with a lot of toys and get one on one with mom and dad.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/10/2016

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I think that parents who use electronic devices instead of interacting and teaching their child on their own are lazy and uninvolved.

It is entirely too easy to download an app and park your kids in front of a screen these days, and kids get nothing more than a lack of desire for physical activity and using their imagination.

I know that I, a 46 year old woman, find it easy to get drawn in to this stupid tablet and the games and apps on it, as can any adult, so why start fostering that so soon?

Yes, my sons had a couple of computer games (wrong ages for the complete electronic revolution), but they were abc games, developed by a company that develops programs for elementary school, and it was basic math, spelling, and reading skills development. And they only got 15 minutes a day, with 30 a day on weekends.

Dove - posted on 09/10/2016

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So true Ev. We never even owned a device that could be used outside of the home until summer 2015... when the kids were 13, 13, and 7. ;) Somehow they survived before that... and they still survive now as the device 'usually' never leaves the house still.

Shelly - posted on 09/10/2016

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I can see how you must have thought that now that I look at my earlier post. I am sorry if I came of rude I was just surprised. I respect that you trying to stop that kinda of thing.

Thanks for your comments and input.

Dove - posted on 09/09/2016

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My kids under 3 don't really get any computer/device time... I never relied on electronics to teach my babies/toddlers. I'm not opposed to preschoolers having limited time w/ learning games, but I'm thinking if a child is young enough to be learning to say animal names... they are way too young for me to allow near electronics.

Jodi - posted on 09/09/2016

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" I am looking for advice on letting your kids have "screen time" using Ipads and phones."

No, you specifically asked about this app, not on letting kids have screen time.

"I am actually surprised someone would make a comment like that. "

Because plenty of people use sneaky techniques to solicit business on this site and one of those is pretending to get advice on a product and including the link for the product, and then it turns out they are actually trying to sell the product. It happens here ALL the time. Maybe if you hadn't included the specific link, I may have been a little less suspicious. I apologise if I got it wrong.

Shelly - posted on 09/09/2016

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Thank you Jesse for your comment. I haven't been letting my little one use my phone much yet but i am wanting to use it for that exact purpose.

Shelly - posted on 09/09/2016

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Hi Jodi,

I have downloaded the app and have tested it. I am looking for advice on letting your kids have "screen time" using Ipads and phones. The kids app was an example and I have no relations with the person who made the app at all. I am actually surprised someone would make a comment like that.

I was hoping for more helpful comments.

Jodi - posted on 09/09/2016

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Is it coincidence that the developer's name is Joshua Anderton.......I mean, it's a free app. Why wouldn't you just download it and try it and then delete it if you don't want it? Instead, my bet is you are related to the developer and trying to solicit business. I'd consider it more legitimate post if the app cost money, but a sensible person would just download it and try it.

Jesse - posted on 09/09/2016

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Hi Shelly,

I think this game is a wonderful tool to implement with your child. my daughter loves this game and plays it whenever I am in need of some quite time.

I would rather her play with something that she can potentially learn something from then a random movie.

Hope this helps.

Jesse.

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