Tablets. Kids. Do they belong together?
I love exposing my kids to technology, in all forms. Most often it’s on the tablet. I do second-guess myself and wonder if their time spent using technology is just a waste. And then I wonder, why are we so afraid of letting our kids play with technology? Why is it so bad?
- Kids just sit and stare all day at a screen.
- Kids aren’t learning with a screen.
- Parents aren’t in control of what happens on the screen.
Those three complaints don’t have to be a worry with today’s technology.
What is today’s technology?
I am extremely excited to partner with Kurio Xtreme, the safest tablet built for kids with our exclusive kid-safe web-surfing and our most detailed parental controls.
The easy-to-use Parental Area of the Kurio is password protected and enhanced with amazing parental controls, such as time restraints and limiting web access, for up to 8 user profiles. It also features a secure and browser-independent ‘Kurio Genius’ Internet filtering system with security levels covering over 500 million websites and in-app web filtering.
No worries there, kids can safely browse the web and apps without encountering inappropriate content.
Let’s solve those technology complaints from parents, one by one.
Set your technology limits.
Set a rule. When are your kids allowed to use a tablet? When aren’t they? How long can they use it at a time? Write out the rules and stick to them.
Use the Kurio Xtreme tablet to enforce the time limits. You can set the hours of the day when each individual kid is able to login, and how long they can be logged in for at one time.
Download the Guide to Setting Screen Time Rules
Include learning opportunities with technology.
Add learning apps for your child’s skill level. First, what kind of things do preschoolers learn? The alphabet, numbers, counting, letter sounds, shapes, colors, writing, and movement. Not to mention social behaviors and such.
These are my favorite learning apps for preschoolers:
These are apps that I currently have on our tablets. They are either Android or iTunes Apps. If you have any learning apps for preschoolers to add to the list, please comment and let me know!
- Monkey Math School Sunshine – $1.99
- Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – $1.99
- Find It Match It – Free
- A Bee Sees – Free
- Play 123 by CJEducations – I cannot seem to find a link to this though unfortunately, but it’s absolutely one of my faves. Try searching it in the app stores.
- Feed Me
- Preschool Dino Does Math – Free
- Bob Books Lite – Free – Great for learning letters and letter sounds.
- I Write Words – $2.99 – I love this for a way to practice writing.
- Pocket Phonics – $6.99 – Another great app for preschoolers to practice writing.
- Phonics Animals – Free – Writing letters and letter sounds.
- ABC 123 BrightStart – All around good app for learning ABCs, numbers and writing.
- Touch and Learn – Great for learning letters and numbers.
Use technology in activities when possible. Get them up and moving.
I love to incorporate the use of the tablet during our activities. Having them use it to take photos is an easy way for them to be doing something, and still learning the ins and outs of technology. We used the camera during a photo scavenger hunt; it’s easy to set up.
I also often take photos of things with the tablet and have the kids replicate them. Like we did with block towers.
The Kurio Xtreme tablet is awesome for getting the kids off their butts. It has body motion gaming with apps loaded for kids to play! The first ever on a tablet!
Apps to get Preschoolers Moving on the Kurio Xtreme:
- Motion Sport – Swimming, Soccer, Skiing, Hurdle Race
- Motion Kidz – Build words, do math problems, pop colored balloons, and more
- Royal Rebel 5 Race – Race a space ship using your body to turn
They can swim across the pool with their arms and learning letters and spelling with a slap of the hand. All done ‘off’ tablet.
Other fun apps for preschoolers:
- Robot Lab – $0.99
- Toca Kitchen – Free
- Hair Xmas – Free
- Railroad Train – Free
- Animal Hide and Seek – Free
- Paint Sparkle – Free
- Cut the Rope 2 – Free
Take control of the technology.
Don’t allow downloads of unapproved apps. Be sure to change up your password frequently.
Don’t allow wi-fi or browser access.
Or take control with the Kurio Xtreme tablet that gives kids access, limited access, or no access to internet and downloading apps. Allow or block apps, or websites, at the parent level. Only what you approve of is allowed. And that’s final.
The Kurio features a secure and browser-independent ‘Kurio Genius’ Internet filtering system with security levels covering over 500 million websites and in-app web filtering. No worries there, kids can safely browse the web and apps without encountering inappropriate content. More about the Kurio Xtreme tablet:
- All-New Kurio Xtreme is in stores now!
- Kurio Xtreme lets parents set up to 8 independent user profiles – one for each member of the family. It’s like 8 tablets in 1!
- Kurio Xtreme is packed with over $300 worth of all the games and apps kids want!
- Kurio Xtreme lets kids safely message and email friends, take pictures and video, and safely surf the web.
- Kids can get up and move with our 10 exclusive body motion games packed on Kurio Xtreme. Let kids swim, race, play soccer, ski and more.
- You’ll love Kurio Motion because it gets your kids up off the couch to play! Kids can swim, race, play soccer, ski and more.
- Kurio Xtreme is packed with over 90 kid-friendly popular games and apps! From Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Cut the Rope 2 and Subway Surfer!
Now for some fun! Let’s add to the favorite app list…
What are your favorite learning apps for preschoolers?
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