I have enjoyed figuring out how to incorporate the iPad into our school day. I still mainly use it with my two younger girls, ages 3 and almost 5. My favorite activity is to set up the iPad as a listening center. Sometimes I turn on Pandora and have them listen to some music while drawing or doing crafts. We might talk about what they are hearing, “What instrument was that high sound? Does this sound sad or happy?”
Their favorite though, it to “read” their books on the iPad. So far we have enjoyed many books from Oceanhouse Media. They have several different collections of “OM Books” which are books that have interactive elements incorporated. Here’s what is loaded on my iPad at the moment:
Except for Bob Books, these are all books created by Oceanhouse Media. I love that they turned books we are already familiar with into interactive books. I shared how we used There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, and gave my opinion on Berenstain Bear’s Bedtime Battle and Leo.
I’m sure there are other good children’s book apps out there, but I haven’t researched them. I’ve been impressed with the Om books so I haven’t ventured far from what already works for us. 🙂 They have a great collection of familiar authors and book titles that I already love.
Talking about love, I *heart* my ipad bag! I know, I know I’ve shared this before, but this is one purchase I am thrilled I made. It makes carting around my iPad so easy! I used it at The Relevant conference, I bring it to co-op, and carry it to church (yes, I take notes on my iPad at church!) It is sturdy and stylish. I bet you would love one too…
Borsa Bella is letting me giveaway 1 iPad travel bag to one of you! And even better—you get to pick your own fabric design!
Even if you don’t own an iPad you can use this bag! Interested in getting one right away? Check out Borsa Bella Bags on Etsy or at The Borsa Bella website.
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Maggie Hogan says
Woohoo! Gorgeous! Love your app recommendations for the little ones. Must try a few for our oldest granddaughter (2 1/2) thanks!
Nice bag. What better way to free up those hands.
Such a fabulous giveaway! That bag is super cute — and will hopefully be my "ticket" to getting the ipad that I've always wanted. 🙂
Thanks for this great giveaway (and all of the wonderful ideas you share in your blog)! We recently purchased an ipad and I have to admit that I don't take it nearly the places I would like to because I don't like just sticking it in my cluttered bag, so having a stylish bag just for the ipad would be wonderful.
This bag is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win. Love all the ideas.
Thanks for this great giveaway
Confessions Of A Homeschooler says
I would so love this! Especially since we've been taking our iPad all over the place LOL! Erica http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com
Confessions Of A Homeschooler says
I love the Black and White Echo or Laceworks travel Bag!! So cute! Erica http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com
So Cute! I have not seen some of those apps. I will check them out! I like the colors you have I am heading over to check them out!
I love the Sunday Afternoon back and the lacework – very unique!
Snazzy baggy. Like it.
Darlene http://adventuresofamiddleagemom.com says
Ohhh! It's a really cute bag. I received an ipad for my birthday from my husband and would love to own a similar bag!
The Grabers says
I love the lacework! Beautiful!
I love that bag, I have been wanting one like it forever.
My favorite is the Laceworks print! Some pretty fabrics!
What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to enter! I LOVE that carry bag, and your suggestions for apps look fantastic.
Oh, thanks! I just bought an ipad for my husband for Christmas. Rebekah Rummel
Deb Chitwood says
It didn't let me leave my name and e-mail on the Rafflecopter form, so I'll leave it here.
debchitwood at ymail dot com
Deb Chitwood says
Then it did let me leave my name and email after I clicked that I had done it! Great giveaway, Maureen! I love the Peace Love & Baby Doves iPad Travel Bag!
Kelly Hutchinson says
I would give the bg to my daughter who loves black and green and white patterns in fabric
You know I want this adorable bag!!!!!
WOW! SO cute! I have a Kindle Fire so I think this could still work! I would have to choose between the Rolling Red and Paisley Perfect!
Such a cute bag!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Kristie G. says
I love the Peace Love and Baby Doves print. I think I would use this bag along with my daughters.
I really need this and hope I win 🙂 My kids are rough with things but there are so many great apps for the ipad that Ijust can't keep it from them. But I need to keep it safe with something like this!
I really love this bag. With my tablet being only 1 month old. I am sooo attached to it.
I would choose the fuji-san travel bag or the dogwood revisited roo bag.
I would love to win this giveaway