Making My iPhone Kid Friendly
I’ve always been into video games. Ever since I was little, I didn’t mind playing a good game or two. I was good at Doom (yup, I’m going way back), and all the gore didn’t bother me (still doesn’t).
However, now that my daughter is in the picture, I have to keep my computer (and phone) kid friendly. Not that she’s ever going to be touching my laptop but still, precautions, precautions.
When she started taking interest in my iPhone, I was a bit hesitant. I mean, I don’t want her knowing how to use it and not know how to use a book (you’ll be surprised).
It wasn’t until my husband let her play with his phone, and a game that I don’t think is right for a child (man who swings on a rope, and if he misses he splatter to the floor?).
Mr.C said to me, “It’s okay, because I turned off the blood.” Umm nope.
Instead, I compromised with myself and bit the bullet–okay, shared my phone.
Most of my iTunes gift card money (I buy gift cards for purchases, just in case) goes towards some games or books for her. I’m not all that cool with kids and technology, but I know in her world, iPhone, iPad, and TV without commercials are just things that are part of her normal life.
When I do have some free time, I do like to look for things that I approve. So here are just a few things that I have on my iPhone that I don’t mind sharing with you.
1. iPhone for Kids
I like this App cause it exactly what it says it is, an iPhone for kids. My daughter could play with this all day. Racing games, coloring, fake calling, calculator, everything that a iPhone has but safe for her to play with. Even texting (okay,she taps on the keyboard)
2. Music Sparkle
Made by the same company as iPhone for Kids, this app gets her music skills going. With the full version, she gets to try 11 instruments, play them, and have 4 background instruments playing so that she can make some serious music. Just that this exposes her to different musical instruments (such as a harp, pan flute) is a plus in my book.
3. Balloon Academy
With this one, she gets to learn colors, shapes and numbers. It also asks for specific colors or shapes in order for listening comprehension. Zee knows what she’s doing when she’s playing with it, but I wonder if she’s trying to not follow instructions on purpose… It’s okay though, I won’t think too much into it, its only a game.
4. Another Monster At The End of This Book
I love Monster at the End of This Book with Grover. So when they had one with Elmo, I should have passed it up, but I’m glad that I didn’t. The interaction between the two characters are funny, and each page is interactive. She needs to help Elmo do something so that he can turn the page. One of her favorite books on my phone by far.
5. Hair XMas
This one is a new one. It’s like a hair salon where a Christmas Tree or Santa can walk in and get their hair done. You can cut their hair, clip their hair, shave it all off, then grow it back with magic hair tonic. Blow dry, highlight and of course decorate with clips.
And yup, that picture is the finished product of my daughter’s skills. (She will NOT be doing my hair any time soon.)
At the time that I purchased this one, it was free, so I don’t know if it still is.
Do you have any games on your phone for your kids? Which ones?