If You Give a Kid an iPad…

Everyone loves the classic book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its sequels like If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  It’s all about how when you do something, there are consequences, whether planned or otherwise.  It turns out that if you give a kid an iPad, it’s no different.

If You Give a Kid an iPadIf You Give a Kid an iPad (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

If you give a kid an iPad… then she’ll need a fancy case to protect it.

Then she’ll need an app to play.

After that, she’ll want to sing a song.

Then she’ll need a drink…

When she spills the drink on the iPad, she’ll cry.

Then you’ll need to get a towel to help clean it up.

When she sees the towel, she’ll insist that she can do it herself.

Then it’ll get on the floor.

After that, you’ll need to get out the Spot Bot to clean the carpet.

She’ll hear the Spot Bot and then run off to avoid the noise.

She’ll take the iPad with her.

She’ll fall asleep in her room with the game on.

The iPad battery will run down.

You’ll gently slip away with the iPad to charge it

After she wakes up from her nap, she’ll run out into the living room with great enthusiasm.

Then she’ll see the iPad and want to play an app.

Thoughts for Christmas – iPad Mini or iPad 4?

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Will the iPad Mini be under your Christmas tree this year?

We love our Apple technology in this house.  While I’m not running on a Mac right now (but that’s definitely my laptop dream and something to consider for my next laptop), we’ve got more than our fair share of Apple devices in our household.  We’ve had every single gen of the iPod touch.  (My husband’s first gen was stolen along with our passports a few years ago.  Norton slobbered into the port on my 2nd gen touch.  Norton is using my husband’s old 3rd gen after our 911 incident and my husband has a new 4th gen.)  And my husband loves his second gen iPad.

When rumors of the iPad Mini started floating around, I was intrigued.  I really, really liked the idea of a smaller, cheaper iPad.  It’s something that would be useful for me for blogging, cooking, and basically an in-bed internet source.  It’s something that would be useful for Norton because Apple is amazing for educational toddler apps.  Plus, there’s that lower price point.

Then there was the launch.  It was definitely more than I’d hoped that it would be.  Honestly, the price point difference between the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 (okay, with Retina Display) isn’t that significant when you’re talking about the amount that you’d be spending.  The iPad Mini is essentially an iPad 2 in a smaller case with some iPad 4 bells and whistles.

In spite of that, though, I was leaning towards getting the Mini.  I figured that since it’s something that I’d be sharing with my two year old, it really didn’t need to be the latest and greatest Apple device.  I would really use it mainly as an eReader.  (I have a Kobo and love it for reading books from the Kobo site, but it sucks for .pdf files.)  So, with that in mind, the Mini just made the most sense.

At least, I thought it did.  My husband, however, has a different idea in mind.  He’s leaning towards buying the iPad 4 so that he can have the upgraded version and pass his iPad 2 on to Norton and me.

What will we actually do?  I’m not sure yet.  I guess I’ll find out when I find a box under the tree.

Are you thinking of getting a new iPad?  Will you get the iPad Mini or the iPad 4?

iPod vs LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer – Which One for Norton?

Decisions, decisions.  I know that I’m a geek mom who is destined to raise a brilliant geek child.  This is the first pressing decision that I’ve had to make on the geek front.  Do I want to get Norton a LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer, or should I start him on the pathway to Apple with his very own iPod?

Ever since the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer came out, I really wanted to buy it for Norton.  I love Leap Frog products for Norton.  For his first Christmas, he got the LeapFrog My Pal Scout and the LeapFrog Musical Activity Table.  At two and a half, he still has them both and still loves them.

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Awesome Toddler App for iPod! (And it’s no charge!)

It’s easy to find a toddler app.  There are about a billion and one of them out there.  The catch is, not every toddler app is a good toddler app.  Some cost money and are lousy.  Others have a lite version to upgrade, etc.  Since Norton is a busy toddler who loves to explore things, I am always on the lookout for a good toddler app for iPhone or iPod.

I have a few criteria: price, educational value, user friendly for a two year old, and not irritating.

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