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.

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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.

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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!

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And we played with Tangram puzzles!

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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 working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. 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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