I took my iPad on our recent trip to Argentina primarily to keep Emma entertained on the long flights and transit waits, and boy did I make the right decision. I must admit the iPad saved the day!
It was a challenge to find some kid sized headphones with volume restriction on them, but I persisted and managed to get them at the Apple store.
I had a friend load quite a few films on it, and between those and a few free apps we managed to get through.
Emma’s favorite apps were:
Toca Doctor, a fun puzzle game with awesome graphics
Mee Genius, which is like a e-reader for kids books that will read illustrated stories
Miss Spider, which had a story, puzzles a colouring page function.
My other personal favorite which Emma is a little bit scared of is this one below:
Toca Hair Salon. It’s a blast!
Emma is scared of the lion and the hairdryer noise so I don’t get to play it often
She even managed to delete the app off my phone (that girl is too clever!)
Because I didn’t have WiFi access where we were, most of my favorite apps were useless, but I did get a lot of use from my Kobo eReader app. Luckily I had filled my library with lots of free classic books before I left so I read Anne Of Green Gables and Gulliver’s Travels when Emma was napping.
I also love to listen to podcasts so my iPod app was full of episodes from How Stuff Works.
No TV in the apartment meant the iPad got a real work out. Emma is now a super wizz at getting to her apps and replaying her fave scenes of her movies over and over.
I think I must have seen Captain Hook and Peter Pan fighting about 100 times over!
Now we are home the iPad has ‘gone to sleep’ for a while. I was worried she would get too attached to it, but as soon as we got home and she had all her toys and books, she seems to have forgotten about it and not asked for it once.
Do you or your little one have any favorite apps or podcasts to recommended?