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Toddlers and technology. They make for an interesting combination.
Children today have access to far more technology than you and I ever did growing up but, that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
Technology can be an amazing educational tool when used correctly and apps are a great place to start!
We’ve used iPhone and iPad apps with Nicholas for some time now. As a matter of fact, he still loves playing with some of the speech apps we started with.
The downside to these apps? One thing we’ve noticed a lot is that they are generally geared towards older children and young teens or there are way too many buttons and ads that get in the way of little hands and their developing fine motor skills.
When we were given the opportunity to review some of the Mobile Montessori apps, I just couldn’t turn it down!
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Montessori method, it is essentially a form of education for young children, generally toddler and preschool age, that works to develop natural Interests and activities rather than use more formal educational/teaching methods.
Basically, rather than formal instruction on a given topic, children are given hands-on models and freedom within predetermined limits.
So how exactly is an educational model that promotes hands-on activities supposed to work on an iPad? Well, I had that same though myself!
The people behind Mobile Montessori however, managed to do just that.
We tried out 8 different Montessori inspired apps and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by each and every one of them.
Think your child is too young to learn to count to 100? Well, think again!
The Montessori Hundred Board App makes counting fun and helps your child understand that numbers belong in a certain order.
The Movable Alphabet app combines letters and real life photos to encourage early reading. Your child will learn that, like numbers, letters have a purpose and can be placed in different orders to create new words.
Want to use the movable alphabet to create your own words? You can do that too!
We LOVED this feature! It was a perfect way for us practice Nicholas’ name some more. We’ve been introducing all of the letters of his name for a while now but this app has helped tremendously!
If your child is an animal fan, the Parts of Animals app is sure to be a hit! This was, by far, Nicholas’ favorite app out of the bunch.
He loves animals and if there happens to be a frog involved, he’s pretty much in heaven.
Not only do that pieces in this app create an animal puzzle but they teach your child the actual names for the different animals parts.
Even though Nicholas still doesn’t use a ton of words, he could, after a few days of playing with this app, identify each part of the frog when the part was named.
Not into frogs? That’s okay! They’ve got plenty of other animals to choose from!
While the iPad itself isn’t very photogenic. You can easily tell that he’s in love with that froggy puzzle.
Needless to say, we’ve become huge fans of the Mobile Montessori apps!
I mean, when something can keep Nicholas’ attention for longer than 30 seconds and is educational too, what’s not to love!