After a breakfast of homemade banana pancakes yesterday (Levi helped stir!), we all stayed in our pajamas and hung out in the basement. Part of our lazy Sunday morning included playing toddler-appropriate games we downloaded on the iPad last month to keep Levi entertained on our flights. Of the handful of apps we found for Levi, Feed the Animals and Animals for Toddlers were the biggest hits.
I’d imagine that Levi’s attention span is like that of most almost-18 month olds — practically non-existent. The toddler games on the iPad are intuitive enough that Levi can usually figure out where on the screen to touch (except for The Moogies; he has no idea what to do with that game). However, he seems to think it’s more fun to repeatedly press a game’s menu button or the iPad’s home button over and over and over again.
JB’s iPad is secured in an OtterBox, making it very difficult for Levi to push the home button. Mine, on the other hand, has a cover but not a hard case. Levi barely gets through 30 seconds of any game or video on my iPad before realizing that the home button is exposed and able to be pushed.
Several months ago, we bought a Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case to toddler proof my iPad because it’s designed to cover the home button completely. We ended up returning it because you have to unscrew the back and take out the iPad if you want to change between apps or adjust the volume. How is that practical? (Especially when your toddler has a short attention span!) Additionally, the case seemed large and cumbersome for airplane travel.
For now, my best recommendation for a toddler-proof iPad case would be this OtterBox. Yes, it’s heavy, but it’s not too heavy that Levi can’t pick it up — and drop it. So far, the case has done its job of protecting the iPad…and Levi’s dropped it plenty of times!
Do you let your toddler play with an iPad? If so, how do you keep it protected? And what are some of your child’s favorite apps? Please share in the comment section below!