In this present generation, even the young children like toddlers are learning how to use electronic devices. It is amazing how they quickly absorb the manner of manipulating an electronic device like a tablet. I know some of us are guilty on giving our child a tablet or a cellphone that they can play a game there so we can get to do what we got to do in the house or while in the middle of an errand. Do they really need it? As with traveling, do you let your kids play on their tablets to get them entertained while on travel? Some people will say yes, but others will say it depends.
The most common gadget that young kids use nowadays are tablets. I have an almost 5-year old daughter and she began asking me for a tablet when she was three years old. She saw my friend’s 4-year old daughter playing with her tablet while we were at a Bible Study. My daughter got fascinated with it because my friend’s daughter let her borrow it for a little while taking turns playing what’s on it. Because I didn’t want to buy a tablet, I decided to let my daughter use my cellphone at home. I downloaded a couple of game applications for toddlers. Whenever we’re on the road-going to town for kids activities or visiting the folks out of town or something, I let her play on the phone since those applications don’t require an Internet connection to work. The problem is it’s wasting the phone’s battery.
Anyway, what I am trying to imply is that, letting our kids use tablets or cellphones for entertainment while traveling is not bad as long as we limit the usage. Even playing with age appropriate game applications should be supervised because some of these apps have in-app advertisements.
When traveling, I bring the following with us:
Tablet – I downloaded five toddler games for her. The most favorites are the My Little Pony game and the Magic Piano. She can also do drawing and sketching on the tablet.
Coloring booklets – I have a storage at the back seat where I have the coloring booklets and crayons ready for my daughter to grab.
Books – Reading materials like books are always recommended to bring.
CD – My daughter has a favorite record from the artist Enya.
Favorite Toys – bunny (lovey) and My Little Pony figures.
How about you? What gadgets and activity materials do you bring when traveling with your kids?