12.08.2015

Babies and mobile technology: a world to discover

Image | ABC Kit Letters

Over the past few years technological innovations have come to impact the lives of children. There are more and more kids involved in the world of technology, and with access to their parents’ smartphones and tablets. In fact, there are now a series of applications designed to be used by them almost from birth, throughout their development and growth.

These apps are focused on complementing children’s learning during their first years of life, when they acquire basic skills. Educational applications of this type centre on teaching colours, writing, numbers and even the alphabet. Others are designed to develop and stimulate the child’s sensitivity by means of visual or musical games.

For example, with ABC Kit Letters children ages 3 to 4 learn and lay down strong reading and writing foundations. Through the use of standard words (food, animals, seasons) early reading/writing is encouraged, children’s first experience with these abilities. This app shares many features with Handwriting Without Tears, developed to help children ages 3 to 5 to develop correct and efficient handwriting habits.

In the area of language teaching we find Children’ s Day Map, an app that allows kids to learn English through the use of words describing daily situations. It is very useful as an introduction to foreign languages, and recommended for children ages 2 to 6. The application includes different levels of difficulty.

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Image | Children’s Day Map

Mathematics is a subject sure to be included in all curricula. From a young age children learn the numbers and the main mathematical operations that they will use in their day-to-day lives. Wonder Numbers JK is an app designed for children ages 4 to 6 to carry out simple mathematical operations and classify concepts through a series of mini-games. It also strengthens memorisation techniques.

But, because words and numbers are not everything, it is also very important to stimulate sensitivity during the first years of life. In this regard many apps have been created to develop children’s artistic and emotional sides. Toddlers Musical Tunes is designed for children 0 to 3, and allows them to experiment with a great variety of sounds and instruments. Discovering the world of music and what it transmits is also a way to learn.

There are also applications that foment interaction between parents and children. For those moments that they share together, many parents will be grateful to have access to the International Digital Children’s Library, a large collection of children’s stories and books in different languages and of different origins. Of note, for example, is the selection of traditional Celtic and Japanese stories, as well as a range of stores in rhyme, to memorise the alphabet, or the famous tale of the three little pigs, among others.

There are even apps suitable for babies. With Patchimals, recommended for children ages 0 to 5, kids can play at recognising shapes and colours. This is an application full of animations and sounds through which children learn to identify basic geometric shapes in Spanish and English.

In short, it is clear that children today can learn while they have fun. Mobile technology is a tool that can offer help and support, bolstering children’s growth and learning, and many parents are sure to gladly draw upon it during their children’s first years of life.