I remember when my 5 year old was born, the newest thing out there was an tablet computer. It reminded me of Star Trek and the tablets they would pass each other with information to research. I totally had to have one.
My husband was okay with it (honestly at that point he was pretty technologically impaired) and I sent off for my new tablet. I was instantly in love. We had a better eReader now, faster ways to connect with social media…it was awesome! Since the tablet was always around, my 5 year old literally grew up with it.
I was provided a Kurio Extreme Tablet in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Your child can use your tablet like a champ, but how do you know when your child is ready for a tablet?
Even the smallest of children can touch a picture they like and play simple games, but you know your child is ready when they can successfully navigate around a tablet without having to have an adult help them constantly.
Tablets are not unbreakable, we all know that, so we need to be aware if our child will be responsible enough to not run around with the tablet, or put it near water etc. My 5 year old can operate pretty much any tablet she gets her fingers on, but she isn’t responsible with them. Her older sister paid the price when little sister decided to try to keep watching a movie on the tablet as she got a snack, and crash…broken screen.
When my 8 year old started Kindergarten, they had tablets they would use to play Sight Word recognition games during class. Kids are using technology more and more in schools, so it’s great to be able to practice the same things at home using a tablet.
There are tons of educational games available for tablets that will help reinforce learning. The games can be super fun, so you don’t have to worry about your kiddo getting bored only playing with educational games and not playing Minecraft all day.