Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. That doesn’t mean I have any idea what I am doing, which is part of the fun!
Let’s just get this out in the open right away, okay? Kids love technology. They are mesmerized by the blips and blings and their little brains are wired to master a device in about 2.7 seconds. My children? They’ve been clamoring for The Galaxy. (Except they called it an iPad for a few weeks. Please forgive.)
As much as they take to technology like a fish takes to water, I am the mom who resists because I don’t want them to miss all of the LIFE happening around them! NO dvd player in the car, there are things to see and songs to sing and siblings to fight with and topics to discuss and games to play! Yeah. I’m that mom.
The weekend after The Galaxy arrived, Miss 10 had a basketball tournament. One day her games were at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The next day 9am, 11am, and 2pm. Yep. Seven games, two days, no breaks long enough to go home and take a nap. My husband and I have always been adamant that our children sit and watch their siblings’ ballgames. They can learn about the game and cheer for the team. And eat snacks. Snacks have always been my one pacifier for a restless crew. (See? I’m still a fun mom! I have snacks!)
Well, seven games in two days with children ages 8, 6, 2, and 1 is enough to break my resolve. Also, I had a brand spankin’ new Galaxy with 4G in my diaper bag and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it! The temptation was too much. By 3pm on day one we cracked open the Galaxy and handed it over. (and the ipad. shhhh, don’t tell.) All of a sudden I was that parent letting technology babysit my kids so I could watch a ballgame in relative peace. Oh, the horror!
My original intention was to stream a movie for them via Amazon Prime, but I kept getting an error message that the Galaxy doesn’t support whatever plug-in is needed for video streaming. Poo. I hadn’t downloaded any apps yet either, but the kids still grabbed that sucker and were entertained. One played games from pbs.org and the other watched sports videos when it was his turn. (Apparently live 10yo girls basketball isn’t as exciting as the greatest game of horse ever. Whatever.)
All that to say yes. Now I am that mom who lets the Galaxy entertain her kids. (Just for the record, we’ve been home from a road trip for 6 days now and the galaxy hasn’t made its way out of my diaper bag to even be powered up. So I guess I’m that mom, too.) And here’s where you come in.
What (preferably free or very inexpensive, of course) apps should I download for the kids? I’m rather certain we can do better than pbs.org and youtube. (Mr. 2 loves angry birds, but isn’t that so 2010 or something?) I’d also like to report that I did find the “apps store” or whatever it’s called and I do actually know how to download and use some apps. Yay, me! (The weather.com app is my favorite so far. We’ve had some crazy rain and storms around here lately and it is so handy dandy to check them out on the Galaxy!)
Don’t worry, those of you with dropped jaws. I have no intentions of letting my children’s eyes burn holes into the Galaxy. That’s what the tv is for. I kid! I kid! I’m not gonna fear the thing, though. Galaxy play time can’t possibly be any worse reward (or distraction) than candy. I use that sometimes, too.