As we introduced in the previous post, technology doesn’t have to be somewhat dangerous neither for children nor the relationship they maintain with their parents. Actually, technology becomes a great tool for families when it is used properly. However, the problem lies precisely on this issue: how to use technology to our profit. Smartphones have made it simple. Lots of developers are working hard on user-friendly apps and games to be used by kids and parents alike. What’s more, they’re giving new uses to our smartphones: uses that we could even imagine a few years ago. By now, smartphones allows us to entertain our children with games while they learn shapes and colours, to read fairy tales to help them to fall sleep, monitor their (and our) health or keep us updated about where your loves ones are, among dozens of other uses. So, it’s time to make the most of technology and take advantage of the simplicity and originality of the apps and games that are coming out. Don’t be afraid of it: the best results are for those who’ve used the best tools to achieve them.
Let’s start from the beginning. No matter how different we’re compared with the previous generation, there’s something that cannot change: telling fairy tales to children before going to sleep. They love it and experts recommend keeping doing it since it strengthen kids’ learning and imagination. However, you realize that one day 15 years ago you probably threw away your old fairy tales. No worries. If you have an Android, the solution is in your pocket. Fairy Tales with Pictures is just one of the pile of apps of this kind you can find on the Android market.
However, we liked this one due to two reasons: its simplicity, short fairy tales to read in barely 5-10 minutes; and because it contains (obviously) pictures that you can show to your children while reading.
There are some kids who’ve problems with sleeping in one go. Maybe that’s your kids case. There’s an Android app that can help you to monitor your kids’ sleeping as well as yours. Sleep as Android is a sleep phases tracker that provides you with stats about how you or your kids slept. This way you will know if they do it in one go or if they stay away during the night. What’s more, by knowing their sleep phases you can calculate the best time to wake them up. Actually, there’s an smart alarm that can wake them up when they’re in a light sleep phase. You just need to place the phone close to their bed. It will automatically detect sounds and moves to track stats.
Not all in life is sleeping and taking care. There’s also room for playing and enjoying with your kids. Scrabble is one of those classic games to be played with all the family together after having lunch. What’s more, is an educational game: while you and your kids enjoy playing it, they’re learning new words and how to make and spell them.
The classic board game has some catches: the main was the loss of chips. Forget that, Scrabble for Android works perfectly and keep you away from that situations.
The only flaw is that there are some country restrictions to download it (full available in the US).