Red Chief likes to play on the computer almost as much as I do. I'll share a few of his favorite activities, in hopes that other toddlers will enjoy them, too! These games (sometimes known as lapware) are all very appropriate for a child between the ages of one and two.
When I pick online activities for Red Chief, I think about four things. First, it must catch his attention. Second, there should be no ads and it needs to be completely child-safe. Third, it should teach him something. And fourth, it needs to be something he can actually do. At this point, he's best at the keyboard and doesn't really use the mouse (at least not for what it's intended), so the games I list here are pretty light on the mouse.
- Sesame Street Peek-a-Boo. Play peek-a-boo with Elmo, Zoe, and Big Bird. It teaches cause and effect reactions with keys on the keyboard; this one is a good starting point for a child who hasn't done much with the computer.
- Fisher Price ABC Zoo. When you push a key, you see the corresponding animal for that letter. If you push a non-letter key, it will continue to the next letter of the alphabet from where you left off. This makes Red Chief a bit lazy and he usually just presses the space bar over and over, so we prefer the Elmo ABC activity. Fisher Price has lots more toddler games here.
- Elmo's Keyboard-O-Rama. Red Chief loves this game! Pressing the space bar tickles Elmo, and the letter and number keys bring up corresponding objects. One day Red Chief surprised me by showing me the letter A on the keyboard--which he learned from this game.
- Six Little Ducks and This Little Piggy. We just discovered these two yesterday, and Red Chief has probably seen them fifty times. They're just little movies, so there's not much interaction, but Mr. Mordecai taught Red Chief how to push F5 to refresh the window so we wouldn't have to keep reloading it for him.
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