I recently came across the Esty shop TwigCreative and their newest product called the "anaPad." It is a "creative tablet" for children and serves as a teaching model that "promotes analog learning and creativity in a digital world." Basically, it is a small marker board with "app" magnets that children can rearrange and draw around.
At first, I wanted to be bothered by the idea. It sounded like a way to get kids hooked on iPads, iPods, iTouches, i-Etcetera. But then I realized if you want to get a kid hooked on an iPad, give them an iPad. I know I am going to be super hesitant about letting my children get too familiar with any electronics. But whether it's bothersome or not, our progress in technology and electronics is very much real and a part of life now. We just have to teach children how to deal with it properly. I think it is vital to make children use their imaginations to entertain themselves, instead of providing instant entertainment through digital devices.
After reading more about the anaPad and its real purpose, I kinda love the idea. It could teach children about the general format of technology, without the instant gratification. They become familiar with the source, but not the results. They can play with the recognizable magnets and possibly even come up with their own little applications/games. I wouldn't rush out and buy the thing, but I appreciate the balance it offers between manual and electronic recreation.
What do you think about the anaPad?