Protection to make your tablet a child’s toy

Jan 13 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

The tablet is a fantastic educational toy with fantastic feedback possibilities but it has two big drawbacks.  One is the “home” button that always works.  It is very good for knowing users but kids are more… experimenting.  The other is the breakability.  A third is the price but I keep that issue out of this idea.

Start the edutainment app of choice and put the tablet in a case with the Home button covered.  The case is padded too to protect the tablet.  I have yet to find a way to protect the very screen.

I almost forgot another threat – saliva.  The cover must cover any hole in the tablet.

The price tag can possibly be remedied by not having a full blown tablet with all the horse powers needed for adult use.  The screen must be responsive but I believe the rest of the tablet can be slightly slow.

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Pieces that fit together easily

Dec 07 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Building pieces that fit together in most directions.

Duplo is still to difficult for my 10 months old.  She often knows how to take the pieces from each other but hasn’t figured out the difference between studs, sides and under side; she just rubs them together and that is not enough.

What I am picturing is blocks, like Duplo, with magnets in them.  Now magnets are a bit to magic so maybe blocks with spikes.  I remember the latter from my childhood toys.  The spike solution doesn’t make the nice lego-squareness and lego-every-piece-fits though.

Velcro is male-female and I don’t want it to be some-sides-stick-some-don’t.

Maybe a Post-it solution.  The glue wears of though.

Johansson gauge won’t make it since they are too sensitive.

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