5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad

toddler learning on the ipad

Toddlers and iPad learning is something that has fascinated me. While yes, I am a digital mom who is constantly trying to find a good screen time balance for my kids – we whole heartedly embrace technology with kids.  I admit, my 2 year old Izaiah spends more screen time that the normal toddler probably does. I really am not fretting it too much, because my toddler’s screen time is on the iPad and what he has learned has amazed me!

While we introduced the iPad early on in Izaiah’s life, watching him learn the device and how to work it has continually amazed me. Izaiah is 30 months and over the last 2 months has totally taken to this device as his preferred toy of choice.
Toddler iPad Learning – Yes! Toddlers do learn from iPads.

5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad

Learning How to Count

Izaiah pulls up this video on the YouTube app and plays it over and over and counts to it. While it’s only to 4, we’ll be introducing Count von Count for additional counting lessons.

How to Take Photos

I adore getting Google+ notices that photos have uploaded to my account. Why? These are the typical types of pics that get uploaded from the iPad by the toddler.

toddler photo from ipad

How to Take Care of an iPad

taking care of the ipad

I’ll admit that more than 1 time we have found FOOTPRINTS on our kid’s iPad screen. Yep, they just walk right over it — another reason I suggest buying a Otterbox iPad case when toddler talk letting the kids use an iPad. But all that said, as Izaiah has gotten older, he has learned how to use an iPad properly and you know, not throw it down the stairs (AGAIN).

We have a USB wall plug that we keep an iPad cord attached to. Izaiah has learned when the battery is dead that he can go plug it in to play again.

The iPad has become a bargaining chip with our toddler. Hey I’m all about doing whatever works in regards to parenting – don’t judge!

Make sure to check out: Best iPad Cases for Kids

Quiet Time

I love Izaiah with all of my heart, but the dude does not sit still. He has NEVER enjoyed television, he found it boring. With the iPad he loves the interactivity. He can sit and play with it for hours (if I would let him – okay, yes I do when we are in the car or on road trips).

As a work at home mom, I quit my job to spend more time with my kids. Truth is though – I need down time too. I can’t do all of my work at night, and sometimes I just need the toddler occupied for an hour while I churn thru email or a blog post. This gives me the time I need to do what I need to do.


This one – well it’s a toddler iPad learning in progress. We are still working on sharing. We had an iPad for the kids, and well – let’s just say this is a work in progress. Read 5 Ways to Help Teach Children Sharing.

New Normal Childhood

As I said before, finding the technology balance for kids is an on-going challenge. Knowing and understanding technology will help my child as he grows, but that doesn’t mean his childhood is spent in front of the screen. We believe in a new normal childhood. Outside time yes, but instead of the endless hours of cartoons on the television like I had as a kid, my toddlers will have hours in front of an iPad learning (and yes, watching Netflix).

Do You Embrace Toddler iPad Learning?

{ 5 Things My Toddler Has Learned from the iPad is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk Tuesday }

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Molly Thornberg is a creator. She made 4 awesome kids, too-many-to-count blogs and disasters anytime she tries to DIY. She is an introverted extrovert, believer in grace, all-around geek and total type-B parent. Molly and her family circus reside in Dallas, TX


  1. Mary Dumouchel

    October 22, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Thanks for a detailed information! I loved it, but i dont know if ipads could change handwritten letters… :)

    The thing I wanted to say is: A child who struggles with reading in 1st grade will often decide to avoid reading for the rest of their life. This is a common issue that has to be fixed. We should begin teaching our children from the year 2. They are capable of learning being that age and the progress is a lot quickier than learning at age 6 or 7. The sooner you will teach you child discipline, the sooner they will start thinking about the futures importance.

    However, sitting and sharing a book with your toddler lets you establish a habit of sharing an experience with them. You will be very grateful for this type of communication as they get older. By reading together you are improving your ability to talk with each other.

    Ive got to say that starting at early-age really helped for me and my child. Don’t just randomly do your teaching. I think proper reading program is a must to consider. I did use some of them, one of the most loved is this one

  2. Sharon

    April 17, 2015 at 8:20 am


    OK my little one who is 2 years old loves the iPad I cannot actually believe how skilled she is – not like I have shown her or anything. I do really believe that she has learned loads and honestly it keeps her busy when I really need a break. Which is pretty much the same story as Izaiah mine just does not like the TV but can actually stay quiet for a while when playing around on the iPad.

    However, I do worry how digital kids are becoming – especially from such a young age. Hence I have tried to bring back “old skool” and got my little one a Sweet Grabbing Machine http://www.red5.co.uk/candy-grabber-2.aspx

    Not only does it keep her busy (which is great) it is pretty amusing watching her try getting those candies out of the machine. It is nuts how fast she has refined her grabbing skills *lol*

    So although I must say I like her being “digital” and learning those skills – I also love watching her doing something hands on which makes her think and use her body.

    But I loved your post!

    S xx

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