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Kids and Technology

by Pennie on October 28, 2012

Kids are inundated with technology these days.  My grandson has access to toys that are more powerful than some of the first computers that I worked on!  One of the main distractions we use for him when we are on trips or are out at functions that get boring for a 4 year old are apps on smartphones.  Smartphones because we always have at least one with us (usually more) and because they are a size that he can hold comfortably.

When he first developed an affinity for them at 6 months old (yep – 6 MONTHS), I got concerned about the apps that were there for me versus ones that were appropriate for him.  I did a lot of searching around on the web and finally found a site that I really like.  Smart Apps for Kids got a lot of really good buzz around the internet and was recommended by mothers, grandmothers and educators that I know personally (always a good sign).

Smart Apps for Kids breaks down the apps (which are submitted to them for review and promotion) into age appropriate groups:

  • Toddler
  • Preschool
  • 6-8
  • 9-11
  • 12 and up

This made it very easy for me to find apps that were right for my grandson.  As you look at each group you will see the list of apps and that they are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars and there is a synopsis of the app and a link to read more in-depth info about it.

As I got more in tune with their rating system, I was easily able to determine what apps were best for my grandson.  I go there first when looking for new ones for him to play with.  One of the great features is the “Good Free App of The Day” (GFAOTD).  The site will alert you to apps that normally have a cost associated with them, that for whatever reason, are free for the day, or for a few hours, or for an unspecified amount of time.  They also have some giveaways (the current one is an iPad Mini!).

My grandson now has his own dedicated iPod touch (an older one) loaded with preschool apps and some movies.  He grew out of letter/number flashcards, likes matching/memory games and animal games now.  But whatever he grows into, I’ll be able to find it on  Smart Apps for Kids!

All opinions are my own, I received no compensation for this review.

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1 Julie October 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Ill have to check this out. I’d much rather my kids play educational games too. I have a pre-schooler and a 9 yr old. I like how you can look up by the different age groups. We are always looking for new apps.

2 essijay October 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

thanks for the info… i love this! it’s for apple users but i’m sure i’ll be able to find some android apps there for my kidlet :-)

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