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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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Starting ‘Em Early: Best Tech Tools for the Preschool Set

By Kristen Howerton |

best tech tools for the preschool setBefore I was a mom, I fancied we might be a tech-free household that wiled away the days making crafts and tilling our organic garden.  We do a little of that, but now that I’m a mom of 4 I’ve also given over to the fact that technology is difficult to avoid in this day and age.  I’ve even embraced the idea that, used sparingly, technology can be an amazing educational tool.  There are moments that I cringe at the way my 3-year-old knows her way around my iPhone, but at the same time, I credit Starfall.com for teaching my 5-year-old how to read.  We still try to impose some moderation in our house (with the help of an egg timer), but I’ve found some fun gadgets that can help introduce young children to the learning potential of technology geared for adults. Here are our favorites:

 

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My kids are constantly wanting to play with my phone, but whenever I give it to them, I usually get it back sticky . . . not to mention the risks to the screen.  The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPhones is a great way to let your child play with your phone without worrying about damage.  The case covers even the screen, so messy hands aren’t a problem.

 

Do you let your kids have access to tech devices like cell phones or iPads?  What are some of your favorite tools or apps that help make technology accessible and fun to young children?

 

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Kristen blogs at Rage Against the Minivan.  You can also find her wasting time on twitter and facebook.

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