Tablets and Tech for Kids: an iPad toys open house!

We had a fun tech program for kids yesterday, a kind of open house for the iPad apps and toys we have acquired!  We played with Wonder Workshop robots and Osmo game systems, toys that extend the two-dimensional screen of the iPad to three-dimensional play.  Kids and parents had a lot of fun, and every single kid was able to try every single toy.

First, let me start this post with a video, because these toys have to be seen in action to be truly appreciated. 🙂

The Wonder Workshop robots were probably the favorite–especially the zooming, grooving Dash!  Miss Jennifer constructed a maze for the kids to drive Dash around in.




And Dot gave kids a chance to play with Blockly, a programming app similar to Scratch that allows kids to code the robot’s lights and sounds.


We played with a game called Newton that sees what you draw on a piece of paper and uses your lines as barriers for bouncing balls! The objective: to make the balls land on certain targets. It’s not as easy as it looks!


And we played with Tangram puzzles!


I’m so glad everyone got to try everything in the time that we had. It made me and Miss Jennifer feel very proud of our program planning skillz. 🙂 Join us for more all summer long!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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