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Toddler Games?

posted by (Featured Correspondent) 4 years ago

My son is 2 and a half and starting to show real interest in playing on the computer (he wants to move the mouse and type on the keyboard). He's already got a small set of games he loves on the iPad (one of these days I'll write up some posts on them), but I'm curious if anyone has any favorite toddler games for the PC or Mac that help kids learn the basics of interacting with a computer.

  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I can't speak to PC like experiences. I've got a 2 and 3 year old. They love their mobigo's. it's a touch screen with a slide out keyboard. My guess is something like the leap frog. Educational is the way to go.
    Although watching my oldest play Mickey Mouse: CoI and actually learn how to jump AND move at the same time. For some reason I was filled with a sense of pride.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Hmmm... My first educational computer games were Oregon Trail, Mavis Beacon Typing Teacher and Math Blaster, all of which are somewhat out of his age range.

    My nephew is joined at the hip to his LeapFog, which seems to be primarily focused on educational games. But not particularly helpful at introducing him to a computer interface.
    My friends grabbed a really old computer setup and essentially let their son just fool around with it. Now he's 6 and incredibly good at using computers.

    As your son gets a bit older, I highly recommend scratch to get him into programming.

  • Ste Grainer
    Featured Correspondent
    Scratch is definitely on my list, along with a number of electronics-building projects. But that's a few years down the road for sure.

    I've got quite a few educational apps on the iPad - I'm not sure if a Leapfrog or Mobigo would offer any advantage over that since we'll probably give him an old iPad next time we (or one of his nanas) upgrade. Meanwhile, using the mouse/keyboard is still an important skill to learn. Maybe I'll just create an account for him and let him go to town.

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