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Tablets have become a part of our everyday life and there’s no going back. In my house it feels like a constant battle.
“Put the tablet down and go read a book!”
“Put the tablet down and work on your math notebook.”
Then one day my 22 month old started pointing out the letters in the alphabet.
While reading with Zach I noticed that he would see a word like cat and recognize the C. Before the age of two he could identify every letter in the alphabet. He could also count to 15. It surely wasn’t me teaching these things to him. When would I have found the time? With a newborn, a busy seven year old, moving and just the craziness of life there was no way I was going to find time to sit down with this not yet two year old to teach him his ABC’s. It was the tablet! The tablet I had been fighting against was actually teaching my son AND he was loving it!
I’m an iPhone kinda girl, but my husband is an android guy through and through. Even with his love of android we’ve always had iPads. When Intel sent me an Asus tablet to try out I was excited to see why he loved his android system so much. The box came and my husband found it before I did. I’ve used it maybe twice and both of those times were to turn it on for my toddler son. Zach can manipulate this thing like he’s used it all his life. It’s amazing to watch.
My daughter, who has her own iPad, has been snagging the Asus tablet whenever someone sits it down. She likes the start up speed and the battery life. My husband likes that it’s same operating system he uses on his phone. What I personally like is how fast it is. There is no pause time in between app start ups. This means no frustrated toddler.
Oh and have I mentioned the price? $130 compared to the iPad mini which starts at $399. The Asus Memo Pad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a full HD IPS screen and quad-core Intel processor. Another important feature to parents is the camera. Five megapixel in the rear and two megapixels on the front. Have I also mentioned that my husband has pretty much fallen in love with it?
So break out those tablets and log onto Google Play or iTunes and download some of these fabulous learning apps!
Learn to identify A-Z as well as their sounds by spelling out silly words.
Learn to count and identify numbers 1-100.
Feed the color monster the color he ask for.
Complete construction jobs by digging, plastering, filling, painting and mixing. Great 1st app to help little ones get comfortable with a tablet.
0-10 Numbers Baby Flash Cards
Very basic flash card game for toddler, but an excellent way to get them started on a tablet!
Kindergarten & Elementary
This is an amazing way for kids to learn math. It’s fun and the graphics are incredible!
One of our absolute favorites! You input via voice or typing your spelling words into this app and then play your way to an A on Friday’s spelling test.
Learn 26 site words (more words are added all the time) similar to Endless Alphabet.
Simple tap the card with the largest value. Whole numbers, Integers, Sums, Fractions, decimals and others.
Solve math problems to create a bingo pattern of 5 bingo bugs.
Create the appropriate math sentence. There are 12 levels that cover everything from addition to multiplication.
Solve math problems before the zombies get you!
This is so much fun! Get the capital correct and you get a state. Stack the states to the line while keeping them balanced and you get to the next level. Kids learn their states, capitols and locations long before that big test shows up in school.