by Brent Dirks
November 28, 2012
While to any parent it’s not a big surprise, a recent survey showed that kids are clamoring for iOS devices this holiday season. And our Ultimate Gift Guide series continues today with a look at some perfect accessories for kids and their new iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, or iPod touch.
Feel Safe Letting Your Child Borrow The iPadI reviewed it earlier this year, and can highly recommend it. My 5-year-old daughter really enjoyed the built-in carrying handle and fat corners that let her little fingers easily tote the iPad around our house. The Widge is compatible with the iPad 2 and up, and can be purchased for $49.99 on Amazon.com.
An Inexpensive And Kid-Friendly iPhone 5 CaseAnimal Parade app and use it to make your screen background match the case. The case is $19.99 and can be purchased from Griffin.
It's The Sound Of Silence$19.99 on Amazon.com.
Can A Speaker Really Be This Cute?you’ll ever see, the Electric Friends Speaker Dock would match up quite well with any of your kids iOS devices that have the older 30-pin dock connector. The four friends - Chew Chew (dog), Ki Ki (cat), Sing Sing (panda), and Kwack Kwack (duck) – each contain two 5-watt speakers and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input for other devices. Volume can be adjusted with touch controls on the ears. You can use either the included AC adapter or take the speaker with you after inserting batteries. The $59.99 speaker is available at many retailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Toys ‘R’ Us.
Because Every Child Needs To Learn Furbishin the App Store now. My colleague Bryan M. Wolfe recently reviewed the Furby, with help from his daughter, and my sentiments are very strongly the same. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her purple Furby and plays with it pretty much every day that she can “borrow” an iOS device from me. The toy retails for $59.99 and comes in many differenct color combinations. Target currently has the Furby on sale for $54.
Bringing Family Game Night Into The Digital AgeDuo Plink from Discover Bay Games, and I thought it did a great job of combining two passions at my house – the iPad and games. Designed to be used with a full-sized iPad, the Duo Plink works with four different game apps. Each game app is basically a trivia contest as each question has two different answers to choose from. Players place one of their tokens on the Duo Plink color that matches up with their best guess. And the first person with no tokens wins the game. My family and I have enjoyed the simplicity and the fun of the Duo Plink. Even my daughter quickly picked up how to play. Hopefully, there will be more compatible apps released soon. Along with being available on Apple’s online store, the Duo Plink can be purchased at Amazon.com and Target for $29.99.
For The Budding Artist In The Family$3.99 app teach budding artists how to draw real Disney characters with step-by-step tutorials. The app has more than 45 unique pages of fun activities like coloring, tracing, and connect the dots. With the stylus, artists can access five different drawing tools and flip it to erase or shake to achieve “magical” effects. The Creativity Studio is available for $49.99 at Apple Stores or website.
Maybe The Next American Idol Is Living In Your Housethe free app features pitch enhancements and professional vocal effects like reverb, echo, and tone. If you get tired of the included songs, singers can also sing along with all of their favorite tunes in their music library. The system is $99.99 and is available in Apple’s online store. It is only compatible with iOS devices that have the older 30-pin docking connector.
Who Doesn't Need A Monster Truck?And two new ground vehicle options have been added to the lineup just in time for the holiday season. The pictured MOTO TC racer uses Bluetooth technology to connect to an iOS device while the smaller MOTO TC Racer uses and RF transmitter that is attached to the headphone jack of the device. The vehicles are controlled by separate companion apps available to download in the App Store. The MOTO TC Monster retails for $59.99 and the MOTO TC Racer is $29.99. Both are available through Griffin now. If you missed it last week, take a look at our Gift Guide For Guys. Next week, on Dec. 5, we’ll take a look at some great iOS accessory gift ideas for women.
Disney Creativity Studio
Disney Spotlight Karaoke
First Act Inc.
MOTO TC Monster
MOTO TC Racer