The iTunes Store stocked the shelves with its 100 000th app this past week and while there are dozens of apps related to bodily functions that amaze and amuse your kids, there’s a long list that will help them learn and kill time in a checkout line at the same time.
Along with the update to iTunes that better help you sort apps on your iPhone (making it easier to create an entire page dedicated to your kids) came updates to the store to better help find what you’re looking for. If you’ve got kids, the App Store Essential Apps for Toddlers page would be a great starting point. [link opens iTunes]
While watching tv may be nasty for your kids’ development, handing them a smart phone (even as young as 3) could make them smart.
Here’s a video report from the Boston Globe:
If you’re worried about your toddler dropping your iPhone or randomly making calls, picking them up an iPod Touch for Christmas might be a (luxurious) alternative.
Because the iPhone is perfectly sized for little fingers and is operated using colorful icons and an intuitive touch screen rather than a mouse or keyboard, the preliterate preschooler has no trouble making it his own. Before long, he’ll be swiping across the screen with the confidence of a college kid in a coffee shop, leaping from app to app. And he’ll be completely engrossed.
An iPod for a toddler?
It’s not as ridiculous as it first sounds as the apps above are only the tip of the iTunes iceberg, there are hundreds more apps for kids.
What are your favourite iPhone apps for kids?
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