With the help of technology, we are now, more than ever, able to stay connected to the people and the things that matter most in our lives. Either through our phones, computers and even our accessories!
As parents, one way we like to stay connected with our children is through play. We also want to make sure our children’s tech devices haven’t completely overtaken their enthusiasm for physical play and that they are actually learning something in the process.
My children love their iPad’s. They use it for school homework, to Skype with their grandparents and cousins, to play apps/games and listen to music. However, we want to ensure we are properly and efficiently monitoring their iPad usage. From many conversations I’ve had with other parents, it is MUCH easier said than done. As kids get older and enter their tween’s and teen’s, sometimes it can be a little more tough to keep track.
A huge help for me has been Telus Wise, an trusted source to help keep my family safe online, with free online access to tons of articles and tips, learning tools and even virtual sessions. Check out their Parenting in a Digital World Hub here as an example. So much available to read and access, for both you and your child. Keeping your children safe and smart about their online activities and digital footprint starts in the home.
As we enter the March break, the thought of my children home for an entire week has me scrambling for ways to keep them entertained. Don’t knock the iPad’s so easily! Discovering that my children can still use their iPad’s in ways that will get them off their feet, getting creative, learning and having fun is proving to be extremely advantageous!
Telus, prominent for cellular devices and impeccable service, has once again blown me away with their offerings at their Telus Concept Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre. A high-tech playground, is what I call it. You can literally find almost anything you need for your family’s tech life and that includes connected play toys and accessories.
A few products that stuck out to us the most that I find perfect for keeping the kids happily entertained for many hours are:
- Osmo Starter Kit ($99.99)
- Sphero BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid ($179.99)
- Crayola Easy Animation Studio ($24.99)
All products are available at the Telus Concept Store and what I love is that you are able to actually try them out and/or ask as many questions as you like with a seasoned Telus rep before purchasing.
The Osmo Starter Kit has easily become one of our absolute FAVOURITES! My son, who is four and extremely picky with his games losing interest quite quickly, requests to play this every day. This mom is more than impressed and elated that my children are not only enjoying themselves but engaging and developing their visual, spatial, vocabulary and creative engineering skills.
Osmo is a unique gaming accessory that will change the way your child plays. Crafted with reflective artificial intelligence, a groundbreaking technology that bridges the real and digital realms. Osmo’s groundbreaking system fosters social intelligence and creative thinking by opening up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play.
My four year old was able to catch onto Tangram easily (using the Junior option and then gradually getting more comfortable with the regular levels). He also enjoys the Newton game with some assistance and drawing with Masterpiece. For the most part, I find these games more appropriate for ages 5+.
For kids of ALL ages, the Sphero BB-8 Droid is a must. Especially for Star Wars fanatics (like my husband and kids!).
Connect BB-8™ to the app and watch your Droid™ come to life. Drive BB-8 by sliding your finger on the driving pad, send him on patrol to investigate your surroundings, record and view holographic messages, and more. BB-8 droid is more than a toy – it’s your companion.
This is seriously the cutest little droid ever! We found BB-8 very intuitive and we love how responsive it is. The patrol feature was my favourite having little BB-8 wander around our space eyeballing it’s environment. The little droid will brings fits of laughter and smiles, not to mention keep the family active and on their toes (or crawling around on their knees chasing it around!).
Last but not least, what child doesn’t like drawing or animation? The Crayola Color Alive Easy Animation Studio is an exhilarating expansion of the Color Alive line of interactive coloring products.
After downloading the free app, kids ages six and up simply hover their smartphone or tablet over the coloring page to import their character into the app. Then, they can configure the included mannequin in cool poses, snapping pictures of each new position. The kid’s character on the screen responds to the mannequin’s movements, resulting in a completely kid-created animated scene. The app works with iOS and Android devices; just check Crayola.com/AppCheck for specific device compatibility.
My kids had a kick out of this and was really excited to see the characters they coloured and created on their own come to life.
Thanks to Telus, it’s easier for us to stay connected in more ways than we can ever imagine.
How do you connect with your children? Which one of these toys would be a huge hit in your home? Did you know that Telus offered more than just mobile services & devices?
Courtesy of our friends at Telus, one of my readers will have a chance to win an Osmo Starter Kit (ARV $99)! To enter, leave me a comment below telling me which one of these connected toys would be a huge hit in your home and also whether you knew that Telus offered more than just cellular service, devices and accessories.
Open to Canadian residents only. Ends March 25, 2017.
Telus Connected Play Giveaway
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a Team Telus Advocate and product samples and/or compensation were provided to conduct a thorough review; however, all opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.