I was just reading an article the other day where a mom referred to her Smartphone as an “E-pacifier,” and I have to admit, I’ve seen many a parent (including myself!) resort to an I-phone or I-pad in a public setting to quiet a fussy, albeit tech-savvy, young one.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the I-pad every time Shaan boards an airplane with me!
In all seriousness, I do try to be picky about what I allow for “I-pad” time, and try to select educational applications. I’ll be the first to admit, I really do think he has learned quite a lot from the applications we’ve downloaded on the I-pad. For instance, we’ve used an interactive alphabet program that was very helpful in reinforcing the “ABC’s”, and a “Fish School” program that we still use to reinforce counting and numbers. Shaan really looks forward to “I-pad time” when we allow it.
So, the other day, I started wondering whether there were any good kid-friendly applications to teach Bible stories, Scripture, etc. I downloaded a few apps, and was unimpressed with the quality/educational value of most, but will refer one app that Shaan has enjoyed using.
It’s called “Bible Time,” and I’ve included the link to the app at the end of this post.
It’s definitely an app in which I have to be involved (i.e. he’s still a little young to operate the “Story Mode” by himself – it requires you to “drop” the characters into a precise spot in order to continue, and he’s not really able master that part quite yet). Honestly, though, I’m glad to be involved because it gives me an opportunity to explain the characters, reinforce the Bible story, etc., and it really does make “Bible Time” come alive in a different way for him than simply reading a Bible story. I can tell he’s starting to “piece” things together from the stories to the app and vice-versa. For instance, we “unlocked” a new story in the app the other day, and Shaan immediately knew that the story was about John the Baptist because the setting was a man in the water with Jesus (he remembered from Bible stories we had read that John the Baptist was the name of the man who baptized Jesus). It’s really special to be able to witness Shaan learning about Jesus through stories, the app, church, and just everyday conversations.
“Bible Time” is just one more way to teach Shaan about Jesus – and I like that it makes it “exciting” and “special” just as he views all “I-pad” time as a special treat. At any rate, it might be worth it for you to check it out for your young one(s) as well!
Enjoy (see link below):