|Split Screen of Bella and Gabby's iPhones and apps|
Buying an iPhone during the summer of 2007 was one of the best purchases I have ever made. Who knew that a smartphone could make life so much easier? Although it was for me, within the first few weeks, my 9 month old daughter, Isabella, was watching her favorite videos and enjoying music.
By 11 months of age, she was in complete control of this new technology. She stayed entertained and I was pretty impressed!
In October 2008, on her 2nd birthday, we gave Bella her very own iPod touch. Since then she's had the iPhone 3G and 3Gs. She also started using the iPad in April 2010.
With the app store's launch in July of 2008, came more even more freedom from the endless options of apps to download in education, hobbies, business, entertainment, and more.
Now at 2 years old, Gabriella, has followed in her big sisters footsteps and enjoys using Apple products and the app store as well.
Over the years we've downloaded more apps than I care to count and we have enjoyed, updated, rotated, and deleted plenty.
If you're into technology and apps like we are, I hope you enjoy this new series of posts I call "Keeping My Kids (H)Appy, as I share some of the apps that I have downloaded for my girls.
Today's Featured Apps are:
Spot the Dot (iPad)
Ruckus Media Group
"An eye-poping, interactive app invites toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors as they play 'spot to dot' by pop-up master and author, David. A. Carter." iTunes
What the kids love about this app is finding and identifying the colored spots in different places on the screen. The game goes through a series of colorful dots and switches up the hiding places with each color. They get a kick out of figuring out where the dot is and really enjoy a sense of achievement in the end.
I like using this game to test Gabby on her colors.
Count to Ten (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
"Teach your child how to count to 100 with this app. They can count to 100 by 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10. They can count up or down and can adjust the counting speed." iTunes
This is the perfect app for counting. I downloaded this to encourage the girls to count any time of the day and often. They enjoy seeing the numbers flash on the screen as they recite them. The app teaches kids to count by 1's, 3's, and 5's, both forward and backward.
I like the ability to slow down or speed up the counting depending on which child is using the app.
Old MacDonald (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
"Designed by a preschool teacher, Teaches toddlers and preschoolers animal sounds, first words, instrument sounds, hand eye coordination, and encourages motor skills." iTunes
The girls wake up and play this app immediately. They love playing the piano and also singing along with the farmer. Having the ability to record their attempts at playing the song is also a lot of fun. All kids love Old MacDonald.
Under the Bed (iPad)
Mighty Fudge Studios
"There’s a fine line between fantasy and reality, especially at bedtime on a dark and stormy night… and with these parents, that line can get a little hazy! Based on the original award winning short film, Under the Bed is a hilarious twist on the everyday process of putting the kids to bed." iTunes
The kids have learned that the monsters they are afraid of are not real and playing this game gives them more reason to believe it. They like touching items in the bedroom on the app to unmask every child's fears and listening to the spooky sound effects they don't hear when we turn off our lights. They also enjoy the matching game in the app.
A Present for Milo (iPad)
Ruckus Media Group
"More than 80 tap-interactive objects that initiate more than 125 animations just right for active young fingers and minds." iTunes
The girls love sweet Milo, the cat. This animated book has been one of their favorites for months. Milo is a lot of fun and this is such a precious app. Bella and Gabby really love the animations which bring life to Milo and the book. He's quite the character.
Fruit Ninja Lite (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
"A juicy action game enjoyed by millions of players around the world, with splishy, splashy, satisfying fruit carnage! Become the ultimate winner of sweet, tasty fruit destruction with every slash" iTunes
Slashing fruit is not so easy when you have bombs mixed in between. That's what makes this app so much fun for the girls. They're doing great when it's just the food they're destroying. They enjoy playing the split screen between two players as well as playing alone.
Twinkle Little Star (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
"Created by a preschool teacher and pianist. This interactive app encourages children to take a more active role in learning! It's also a really fun way to introduce children to playing piano!" iTunes
This is another fun piano game from Kiboomu that the kids love. Learning to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is made easy with this app, and singing one of their favorite lullabies karaoke style never gets boring.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free for the purpose of reviewing the mentioned product and/or doing a giveaway. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.