iPad university

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Our newest game is Magic Piano, the iPad app. The tone quality in this app is good, and even in the atonal clusters that Baby plays, it sounds rather pleasing. There is some fun and exciting visual feedback as well and baby has been experimenting a little more each day with different ways of touching/hitting the screen. It both fascinates him and excites him and is perfect for when he is getting fussy with boredom from his usual games.

Talking Tom Cat is another game that can be fascinating for babies and educational as well. The cat repeats everything you say in a higher pitch. Babies love high pitch voices, and this allows them to get a second chance to hear everything you say. Repetition is important for learning. When baby starts talking to the cat him/herself, the repetition can help build self awareness. Recording oneself and playing it back is a really valuable tool when trying to master a skill like playing an instrument. The same would be true of learning to talk. The cat makes it fun!

Facing fears

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As I was putting the food away after shopping, the bread bags made loud crinkling sounds and Baby started crying. When he is in a particular mood, he can be sensitive to certain sounds. I reassured him and then held up the bag so he could make the sound himself. Once he realized he could produce it and in that way, have control over the sound, he was no longer afraid of it.

Reaching for paintings in motion

20121001-035133.jpgI put together this mobile from some postcards of modern art. They tend to be similar to baby-oriented pictures, with their bold contrasting colors, but I like the fact that they were made to be interesting to adults as well. I think this adds something extra, even if baby can’t fully appreciate the art yet. He certainly gets excited by the pictures.

When trying to grab one, he discovered that they would move away from him if he hit them too hard. He started to adjust his approach and tried to be careful. He also chose to use two hands instead of just one, since the other could catch the card if one hand hit it too hard. In any case, he was given the opportunity to make these discoveries because the cards were presented to him in a tricky way.