Category Archives: 13 months
I love this Baby Play Face app today just as much as I did 4 years ago. The first time I showed Jude the app, he kept kissing the baby on the screen. The next time we played it, he started exploring his own face:
In the latter part of the video, we played iPad in the kitchen away from all of his other toys. Even so, he ditched us after a few short minutes. I’ve noticed that Jude loses interest in the iPad so much faster than Stella did at his age. Hmmm…to be continued.
When Stella was 6-12 months old, I would often launch this app on my iPhone to entertain her in the waiting rooms of doctor’s offices and such. She liked to watch the scenery go by, and she got a kick out of the sounds whenever I’d tap the various creatures for her. Now that she’s more independent, she has learned to interact with the app on her own! It has been so fun to witness her transition from passive observer to active participant. Yes, she even makes a barking noise when she taps the dog, although with her pacifier it comes out more like a whimper. 🙂
(The neon glow that appears in the video happens sometimes when I record from the iPad 2. Anyone know why? I’m guessing it’s time for an iOS update.)
Two things to report this week:
1. Stella and I cracked open a new book (hard copy) called Baby Farm Animals. After playing Animal Sounds app on the iPad 2 for a few weeks, I’m pretty sure she expected the book to make noises, too. When we got to “puppies,” she started to bark like a dog, and then looked around the room—back at me, and then back to the book—wondering why nothing else was happening.
2. I finally captured footage of her little pointer finger when playing with drag-and-drop puzzles and “pick a sticker” games. It’s too cute for words, so here’s a video:
Stella and I explored the BabyPlayFace iPad app, which features the cutest [literal] digital baby I’ve ever seen:
All you have to do is point anywhere on the baby’s head to learn the parts of the face. Stella had a difficult time with this, though, because she tended to “paw” at the image, which kept making the “BUZZ” sound (invalid selection).
I’ve noticed that she does this motion with certain apps, but not with others. I can’t figure out the variable. For example, when using the Color Dots app, she pointed with her index finger more frequently than she pawed. Perhaps low detail and high contrast are factors?
Maybe there isn’t a pattern at all. Lately when using the Monkey Preschool Lunchbox app (a game with high detail and high contrast), she paws when matching cards, but uses her index finger to drag-and-drop puzzle pieces to the correct location. I have yet to catch the puzzle part on video, which is probably for the best because I squeal in the highest pitch known to man every time she does it. But you can get the idea of the motion required from the screen shot of the strawberry.
Either way, Stella loves learning and loves the iPad 2!
Animal Sounds by Alligator Apps is such a fun game for Stella’s age (13 months). The game functions in “play” or “auto” modes; Stella seems to like picking her own animals, so I leave it in play mode. (And by picking, I mean attacking the screen with her whole hand.) As with other flash-card apps, you can also customize categories and sounds. It was fun to see which animals elicited a response from her, and which ones were duds. I found out that bison are not that funny, but horses and frogs are hilarious. She is definitely becoming more vocal, which makes this process even more interactive for the two of us.