iPad iPad as an Educational Tool For Kids (Preschool)

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  1. robertpolson macrumors regular

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    Situation

    I have an iPad Pro 9.7 that I bought in November of 2016. I have used it some of the time for work and media. It is a great device.

    Two days ago I purchased iPad Pro 10.5 as I see it as a potential replacement for my Macbook Air and that is much cheaper than the new Macbook Pro. I am most likely going to keep the new iPad Pro 10.5 and see if I can get most of my work done on it.

    Question

    For those of you who have kids.

    I posted my iPad Pro 9.7 on Kijii for sale and got some low offers from low baller. Then it occurred to me that perhaps I should keep the 9.7 iPad and make it an educational tool for my 3.5 years old son. No, I will not just give it to him. I will set it up with parental control and a selection of apps. I also use Plex that has a collection of educational cartoons and nature documentaries for my son.

    Is it worth keeping the iPad for him and using it to help him learn the alphabet, math, and eventually reading? There are also some good science apps for kids. It is an expensive device for his age but if it can help him learn, I am willing to suck it up and pay the price.

    Apps That I Found So Far

    ### Science

    [Tinybop](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzC7twtmXqSeLzyO0g90uw/videos)
    [Weather by Tinybop on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1076985045?mt=8)
    [Star Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-for-kids-learning-astronomy-and-space/id907759227?mt=8)

    ### Literacy

    - [Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters, Alphabet & Words on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/writing-wizard-kids-learn/id631446426?ls=1&mt=8)
    - [Originator](http://www.originatorkids.com)

    ### Math

    - [Bugs and Numbers on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bugs-and-numbers/id577575295?mt=8)
    - [Drive About: Number Neighborhood on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drive-about-number-neighborhood/id864136403?mt=8)
    - [Toddler Math Games for Preschool & Kindergarten on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/preschool-kindergarten-learning/id610303073?mt=8)
    - [Elmo Loves 123s on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/bm/app/elmo-loves-123s/id581585669?mt=8)
    - [Doodle Math: Shapes on the App Store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id819125623?mt=8)

    ### References

    - [Educational Apps For Kids Archives | Cool Mom Tech](http://coolmomtech.com/category/kids/educational-apps-kids/)
    - [Best Preschool Apps](https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-preschool-apps#)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    That's a tough age, on one hand the iPad can be useful to help teach but he may be too young to handle/hold the iPad without constant supervision, i.e., throws/drops/walks on it.

    My kids who are now 11 were a little older when I felt they were mature enough to use my idevices. Everyone is different, so I'm not saying your child can't or shouldn't. If it were me, I'd probably look to recoup the cost of the 10.5 iPad with the sale of the older one. There are plenty of non-tablet teaching aides available, so its not like he (or she) will lose out.
     

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