Technologies affect our lives more and more – and not only ours, but our children’s as well. The 2013 research published by Common Sense Media showed that the percentage of children under eight who was access to tablets or smartphones has jumped impressively with time: from 52% to 75%. The average daily time spent on the device also increased, tripling from 5 to 15 minutes. These numbers are probably even more impressive these days.
Knowing that it’s understandable that the worries regarding our children spending a lot of time playing with gadgets also increased. Parents worry that this could cause a lot of problems, starting with socializations ones and ending with educational ones.
But there’s a solution. If your children like playing with gadgets, you could easily make the process much more productive simply by picking the right gadgets for them. There are plenty of educational ones that aren’t only fun to use but actually teach your children new things and help them build certain skills.
So here are 7 educational gadgets you might want to try.
If your kid likes gadgets, why don’t they try building one themselves? Though there are many computer kits to try, these one is one of the best – it looks nice, is easy to put together, and used to use after.
It comes with a Kano OS that has a lot of games and tutorials that could be used to teach your child how to do something creative (like art), how to code, how to build their own apps and games, etc. It also has a set of stickers your child could use to make their freshly built computer even more appealing and good-looking.
This one is more suitable for the little ones. It isn’t as complex as an iPad (and also as expensive), but that’s not the point. This tablet was designed especially for kids: it is packed with a kid-focused software, a variety of apps, videos, and books they could check for free using Amazon’s «FreeTime» service (the tablet comes with a one year’s «FreeTime» membership).
It also has the parental control option that allows you to ensure that your child would be using the tablet right. Of course, the tablet is designed to be durable – and, of course, there’s still a possibility that your child would break it. That’s why it comes with the two-year guarantee that allows replacing the tablet even if it’s badly broken.
Flashcards are fun to use for learning – and they’re even more fun when they’re interactive. These ones are designed for kids aged between one and four. They are bright, easy to use and to memorize.
There’s only one important thing to keep in mind: they are designed to use with the LeapReader Tag Reader System also created by LeapFrog. If you already have it, you can purchase the cards and use them right away. But if not, you probably should look for the Tag (along with the introductory book that comes with it) on Amazon.
If your child likes space, they would definitely love this gadget as well. It is designed for kids ages 8 and up and basically is like a portable planetarium.
The SkyScout contains the data on over 6,000 constellations, stars, planets, and other things. If your child points it at any celestial body at the sky, they’ll get all the basic and the most important information on it, including the name of the body, its history, its trivia, mythological facts, and other interesting details.
If you have an iPad that you use for learning, you could maximize the effect by purchasing the Oslo Starter Kit. It is designed to use an iPad (from iPad 2 and on) at its base, expanding the whole learning process beyond the screen.
To use Osmo, you need to attach a red «reflector» on the top of your iPad, so it would track movement. This would allow the tool to run a variety of games: letter tiles, tangram pieces, and so on.
There are four games on the Starter Kit but you could easily expand it by purchasing various add-on packs.
Another great tool for those little ones who like to create something with their own hands. Not only it allows a child to busy their hands for a while – it also promises to get something amazing by the end of the process!
The brand, in general, has a lot of different sets that allow children to assemble various gadgets. So if your child likes music, this one would be a great option for them – but if they don’t like it, you could always pick something different.
The process of assembling the kit is very simple, as your child will have detailed step-by-step directions to follow. It is also very safe as the pieces hold with the help of magnets.
Of course, the sound of the finished synthesizer might not be truly incredible – but that’s not the point. In the end, it would still work well enough, and your child will have a lot of time in the process.
Another great learning tool for children 3 to 7 years old. It features a touchscreen technology, allowing your child not only to listen and look but also to touch while playing and learning at the same time.
This gadget is packed with a variety of learning games and other activities designed to teach young children spelling, vocabulary, math, and so on. It looks very bright, is durable, and comes with a nice slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
As you see, there are so many different educational tools designed for kids of different ages, interests, and needs. So while allowing your children to spend all their days glued to the screens is definitely not a good idea, encouraging them to learn with the help of gadgets is. Such approach could also help them a lot in the future, teaching how to make the most of the technology and how to use their smartphones not only to scroll social media but to look for rhetorical analysis topics list as well, for example.
Maybe you too know some useful educational gadgets to share with us? In this case please do so in the comments below.