I turn 40 on Wednesday.
Anyhow, the greatest Hubby in the world and the greatest Grandma-Mumu & Grandpa-Papa in the world got together and got me the coolest gift ever!
Yes, my very own iPad!
I had a hard week so they revealed it a little early. I have been jonesing for an iPad for quite a while. It just has so many cool features that we can totally use around here... surf the web from the couch, watch movies on a long car ride, play games, etc etc. Yes, it is a toy. But, to be honest, I don't have a lot of toys. Also, the iPad also offers A LOT for kids with special needs like my little J-man. Shannon Des Roches Rosa and Robert Rummel-Hudson offer a great commentary on the impact of the iPad for kids with special needs.
So it is a toy I can feel pretty good about all around. It is for me AND the J-man. Guilt assuaged.
That is, if he could figure out how to use it..... Hmmmmm
J-man has shown limited interest in the computer up until now. Recently he discovered the joys of YouTube, but just enjoyed watching and didn't show interest in trying to use the computer in any other way. The idea of the mouse alluded him. He just wasn't ready which is ok because he is only three and a half.
But what about the iPad?
Allow me to present J-man's iPad skills.
Game One: My First Word
In this game, he moves jumbled letters on top of each letter in the word. When the word is done, the graphic of the word "dances"
Game Two: Talking Santa
A pure game. You hit buttons to have Santa do different things (or have things happen to Santa). Try to ignore the sociopathic joy he gets from assaulting Santa with a snowball, and notice how he follows my directions and shows shared enjoyment.
At this point I have owned it about 12 hours.
J-man's time to learn it: 5 minutes.