Do you let your toddler use the computer? We do. I think it can be a great tool. One of the first websites we used with Arora is Starfall.com. It is fun, interactive and was a great help in teaching Arora the letters and sounds of the alphabet. I also like how the levels are broken down. Arora has almost mastered the second level of play.
Another site we have used the fisher price online game pages. I like how most of the beginning games only require the toddler to press a key to activate the game. One of the biggest obstacles I have found to using online games is using the mouse. Arora simply doesn’t have the hand-eye or fine motor skills to use the mouse on her own. I have often felt like I was playing the games and Arora was only watching. We recently put a small sticker on our mouse where she needs to push to click the mouse. I think she is starting to be able to move the mouse to where she wants to click.
I have noticed that there seems to be large gap between the “toddler” games and the “preschool” games. The toddler games are very basic, number, letter and color recognition. While the games that are more fitting to Arora’s cognitive abilities, reading, rhyming, matching, basic addition, are also too advanced. They assume she is school age. The level of social skills displayed in the games is way beyond her.
What online games have you used with your kids?