With less than a month to go before Christmas day, we know tots are all about the holidays! From interactive storybooks to educational holiday games and puzzles, check out these 10 Christmas apps for your iPhone and iPad — and let your kiddos get jolly with technology!
Apparently, smartphones and iPads are becoming the new babysitters! Used to be that you'd plop your kid down in front of the TV to get some chores done around the house, but now, moms and dads are using today's tech to keep their kiddies occupied at home and on the go. There's plenty of kid-friendly apps available to entertain and teach your kids while you're otherwise unavailable, and maybe it's because I'm not a mom that I get a knee-jerk reaction to this idea. Really? You're letting your 3-year-old play with your $500 iPad? To me, that's crazy talk.
On the other hand, it's a good idea to get the little ones acquainted with tech as early as possible, since it's a sound prediction that kids will be working even closer with computers than we are today. Maybe it's the cheapskate in me that wants to keep little hands far, far away from my expensive tech toys. What about you — do you let kids play with your gadgets?
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It always seems like wacky alarm clocks are a dime a dozen, but I like the GrooveToons alarm clock for nano because it offers a playful package and alarmingly normal function. It doesn't roll off the nightstand like the Clocky or emit a glowing light, it just connects to your iPod nano and wakes you up to your favorite tunes or playlists.
The device, $50, features the usual snooze button and adjustable volume, and offers the bonus of overnight iPod charging. I still can't quite figure out what the little "eyeballs" at the top are, but I suppose they just add to the fun factor?