Stella is almost two years old! I’m starting to reflect on the last year and marveling at how much of a little girl she has become since we started “Digital Baby!” Here are a few recent snippets that especially remind me of how simple iPad apps that we started playing months ago still resonate in her daily activities today:
- Counting: Oscar’s 1-10 Balloons
- Singing/Signing: SignShine
- Parts of the Face: PlayBabyFace
- Shapes: My First Words
I’ve had a lot of traffic lately from other moms looking for app reviews, which is really fun for me! I love getting in touch with other parents this way! The excitement made me consider devoting more of my posts exclusively to app reviews. However, I realized that there are already other sites that do a really great job of this; plus, it would derail me from my original purpose, which focuses specifically on one child’s digital journey between 12-24 months.
Anyway, that sums up the reason why I continue to post videos for apps that we’ve already reviewed. If an app has the ability to grow with a child, I think that process deserves a showcase, too! It’s a testament to both the child and the app. Here are two apps that we’ve revisited or re-purposed lately:
Virtuoso Piano 2 HD
Stella loves to sing; her favorite song is “Twinkle Little Star.” I figured out how to play the song, so I decided to see if I could teach her the notes—or at least see how long she would retain interest during the lesson. It was fun! I think she understands that each of those keys produces a different sound, so with a little repetition, I think she’ll become more aware that there is an order in which to play [touch] them. It’s fun to see what she thought of this app just 7 months ago.
We reviewed this app a month ago. At that time, I noted that she couldn’t do a lot of the games in this app (or maybe just didn’t have any interest). Either way, she is becoming a lot more independent with many of the app’s tasks now. She rarely needs my help when putting the right shapes into the right silhouettes. This app has been a perfect partner for her as she refines her visual-spatial awareness.
A few months ago, Kids iPhone App Review suggested that we might like the Tappie Colorit app by ADUK GmbH/Zanymation ($.99). At the time, Stella was 15 months, so she was still a little too young for the concepts. Now that she’s 18+ months, she has become much more successful with this app—although there are some parts that are still too advanced for her. We mostly stick to the “cars” game. Each time we play, she always picks the red car first, regardless of whether it starts on the top, middle, or bottom. Hmmm…
Overall, this is a very good, educational app for young kids. I like Zanymation’s philosophy: “All the games and books in the series are outlined by colorful, but calm palette that does not overload child’s nervous system. In general we aim to help your child develop the following skills: fine motor fingers coordination, attention, comparing objects, logic, grouping by shape and color.”