Best iPhone and iPad accessories for kids - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Best iPhone and iPad accessories for kids

Updated:
© Image courtesy of Digital Trends © Image courtesy of Digital Trends

By Berna Erol
Provided by

Smartphones and tablets, combined with great apps and sensible screen time, can do wonders for entertaining and educating our children. Nevertheless, the interaction with these devices is still limited to a few gestures, so they do little help with developing the kids' motor skills. This is why we are very happy to see several companies, such as Disney, Griffin Technologies and Lego Group, are creating physical tools and toys that can be used interactively with iOS devices. With the help of these toys, kids benefit from the adaptability and entertainment value of the digital medium, and motor skill development and high level of interactivity provided by the physical medium all at the same time. Below are the five best toys we identified for you that work perfectly with your iPhone, iPad, and even your iPod Touch.

Make sure to also check out Best iPad apps for kids and Best iPhone apps for kids.

Lego
Life of George ($30)

Lego has taken on a whole new form with the Life of George game. This innovative product assigns players with certain objects to build as they follow the life story of "George." As players build Lego models on the interactive build mat, the iPhone app works to determine how quickly and accurately models are constructed. Kids (and adults) can also build their own scale models on the mat. A great find for the budding architect.

Disney
AppMATes Cars2 Characters ($20)

Disney AppMATes are specialized Matchbox-sized cars that come in kids' favorite Carscharacters, like Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater. When placed on top of the iPad AppMATes app, which looks like roads and scenes from Radiator Springs, the cars and app work together to present users with obstacles to avoid and races to win. Gone are the days when kids have to only push cars around on the floor; that's so last year. These cars are a great deal on sale, so shop around!

Griffin
Crayola ColorStudio HD iMarker ($30)

Crayola's iPad coloring app is brought to life with the iMarker, an electronic stylus in the shape of a classic Crayola marker produced by Griffin Technology. When used with the free Crayola ColorStudio HD app, the iMarker allows kids to draw in the style of a marker, pencil, crayon or paintbrush. Beyond coloring, the iMarker helps users unlock interactive content within the app's coloring pages, like music and sounds. Just make sure that the iMarker doesn't get mixed up with your kid's other coloring supplies.

Disney
Spotlight Microphone for iPad ($100)

The Disney Spotlight Microphone is a microphone that plugs directly into your iPad; making it an instant karaoke machine. In conjunction with the Spotlight Microphone app, kids can sing along to 10 of their favorite Disney songs while taking advantage of voice editing functions that will make them their own producer. This is a major step up from singing into a hairbrush, but watch for sales as the price varies significantly by retailer.

Discovery Bay Games
Duo Pop Game Buzzer for iPad ($35)

Duo Pop Game Buzzers are a pack of four game show-style buzzers that can be used with three different game apps: Guesstimation, Highlights Hidden Pictures Countdown and Saturday Night Live – The Game. When enabled, up to four players can use the game buzzers to ring in and claim their right to answer a question first in their quest to win the game. A great way to add some technology to family game nights.

Originally posted on Digital Trends here

Guest contributor Berna Erol is the founder of iKid Apps , which reviews the best iPhone, iPad, and Android kids apps, and offers a wealth of tips for parents. Follow her at @bernae on Twitter.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-05-26 21:06:52 GMT

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>
  • Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Monday, May 29 2017 4:48 PM EDT2017-05-29 20:48:32 GMT
    Police in Florida say Tiger Woods has been arrested for DUI.More >>
    Police in Florida say Tiger Woods has been arrested for DUI.More >>
  • Warren man files $250,000 excessive force suit against police

    Warren man files $250,000 excessive force suit against police

    Monday, May 29 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-05-29 20:37:23 GMT

    A Warren man has filed a quarter-of-a-million dollar excessive force lawsuit naming the City of Warren, its police department, two of its officers, and Trumbull County as defendants. The suit filed in U.S. District Court by Jimmy White claims that Warren Police Officer Chris Martin broke his arm when he was being handcuffed on May 25, 2015 during what was originally characterized as a domestic violence call. 

    More >>

    A Warren man has filed a quarter-of-a-million dollar excessive force lawsuit naming the City of Warren, its police department, two of its officers, and Trumbull County as defendants. The suit filed in U.S. District Court by Jimmy White claims that Warren Police Officer Chris Martin broke his arm when he was being handcuffed on May 25, 2015 during what was originally characterized as a domestic violence call. 

    More >>
Content provided by
INFORMATIONAL DISCLAIMER The information contained on or provided through this site is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional financial or accounting advice. Always seek the advice of your accountant or other qualified personal finance advisor for answers to any related questions you may have. Use of this site and any information contained on or provided through this site is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms