My girls ask me to download new games to their iPads on a daily basis. I typically give in, as most games are free or reasonably priced. My only stipulation for the paid games they request is that they have to have an educational component. I’m all for fun, but learning has to happen too!
I know many parents can relate when they watch their children play games- some games are just too advanced for the child. This is why they get bored and are ready to move onto something new. My 3 year old learns quick and is very sharp, so it’s hard to find games just right for her. The preschool games are too baby-ish while others are beyond her ability.
When I was asked to check out the Captain McFinn’s Swim and Play app, I initially thought it would be great for my 6 year old. While I’m navigating the ocean as a pink fish, my 3 year old looked over my shoulder and asked me if she could have a turn. I watched her easily maneuver the pink fish and interact with other sea creatures that did tricks. She was excited to see what she would hop onto next!
It looks like my child is “just playing” but really she’s learning about interactions with others. This is an important socio-emotional skill that can’t be taught but can be modeled.
All apps that are downloaded on one iPad is automatically sent to the other. This avoids any arguing over who gets to play what games. When my oldest daughter discovered Captain McFinn’s Swim and Play app, she clicked the button, chose her fish, and was ready to play. Watching both my girls play an age-appropriate app that is educational AND fun shows how entertaining this app is. In the past few days I find them constantly gravitating towards the Captain McFinn app.