I bought an iPad in April of 2011, when our son Liam was 15 months old. I underestimated him and thought he wouldnâ€™t understand all the various buttons on the apps. He sure proved me wrong! He quickly learned to tap and swipe to get the iPad to do what he wants. A few months ago he discovered the â€œhomeâ€ button and boy did that change the way he played with it! Now he switches from app to app whenever he wants. He knows which screen has â€œhisâ€ games, and he has learned how to use a gently, steady touch to open each app.
I have watched his fine motor skills improve as he works with the iPad. I know it has helped his vocabulary development. He says and signs â€œiPadâ€ (we sign the letter â€˜Iâ€™ followed by the letter â€˜pâ€™) whenever he wants to play on it. Just this past week he was playing on a spelling game, one where you match the letters to their place in the word. As he was moving the letters, he was saying what they were!Â I love that while heâ€™s sitting with me, waiting for his sisterâ€™s swim practice to end, he is learning! And, I love it when kids swarm around Liam to see what game he is playing. And then, usually, he lets them have a turn.