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18/11/2013 at 20:02
Do you think a 3 1/2 year old is too young to have their own tablet? I am thinking of getting my 7 year old one and I know his brother will want one too.
I'm thinking of the Tesco hudl, would you get one for a 3 1/2 year old?
18/11/2013 at 20:39
I'm struggling that with myself. L is 4 & benefits so much from the iPad. It's the cost and the OMG age.
18/11/2013 at 21:07
My two are always on my ipad and think they would love their own tablet!
I'm only thinking of the Tesco hudl as it appears to be cheap and cheerful :-)
18/11/2013 at 22:19
We have brought the Hudl for Molly and she has just turned 4, I think they are a great idea for them and I know she will use it.
18/11/2013 at 22:20
Meant to say we doubled our points plus they have £20 off electrical a so we only paid £40 for it! X
19/11/2013 at 07:18
I saw the Hudl, however, I've downloaded & paid for loads of apps on the iPad/iPhone for him, so I'm thinking it's maybe better to spend the extra on an iPad mini
19/11/2013 at 08:26
I wouldn't say it was too young. C is always playing on his brother's leap pad, even if he doesn't fully understand the games he loves having a go.
19/11/2013 at 08:44
R uses them at school and they are a class of 3-4 year olds, his teacher gave gave out a list of educational games/apps that you can download too for them at home too.
If the price was right I would go for one I think, esp if the his older brother gets one.
19/11/2013 at 08:47
I don't think it's too young, we've got J who is 4 a nexus 7 for Christmas as he's always playing on Es.
19/11/2013 at 09:17
It's not too young but we are the least techy family I know (I struggle with my iphone!) so wouldn't spend that money on something for him. He's asking for a DS but I've told him you have to be over 5 for one of those. I don't want to waste present ideas too early for him when he's still happy enough with books and puzzles.
19/11/2013 at 09:21
I have no plans to buy one for C (4.5) any time soon as he spends enough time as it is looking at screens from TV, computer (cbeebies and reading eggs websites) and playing games on our phones. He's never asked for anything like that for himself so fortunately I don't have to worry yet.
19/11/2013 at 09:23
Meant to say, I don't think it's too young if they don't have access to other forms of games like that, but since C does on computer and our phones then that's why he's not getting his own.
19/11/2013 at 09:42
Sorry to go against the grain, but yes I do think that it's too young. I've got family who have got Ipads and Xboxes, DSs etc for their children, and now the children can't go anywhere without them. For them it's like E with her dummy, the parents use them to keep their children quiet. They don't have a clue how to play properly. They've got toys, but all they want is the ipad or whatever.
So for as long as I can keep E and S away from things like that I will. They're so expensive too, I wouldn't trust E with one at almost 3. What's wrong with playing cars/dolls etc. What can they gain from the Ipad that they can't get from playing games with other children, or parents.
19/11/2013 at 11:26
Thank you for all your replies. This is my dilemma, I kind of agree with chids, and that's why i have not bought them yet, but I know that if we get one for our 7 year old, the youngest will pester him to keep going on it. I know there are a lot of educational games we could get on it too. I guess I would just have to limit the time they were on it.
I just feel that every year, we buy lots of toys for the children, but half the time they don't play with them and it kind of feels like a bit of a waste of money! They always want to go on my ipad! So I thought if they had their own tablet, they would be happy.
19/11/2013 at 11:58
Can't they play with both though? My L does. They use Tablets in his school now, so if I get him one, thats a bonus as well. I am still undecided on whether to get one though.
I think that I would rather spend the £ on that, than toys he wouldn't play with.
19/11/2013 at 12:09
I'm with you Kellfi, I would rather spend the money on the tablet that J will play with for the next few years, than buy him loads of toys that he wouldn't. I have bought him toys as well though. I've learnt my lesson with E, I used to buy her stuff that if I had of really thought about it I knew she wouldn't play with and have wasted so much money, I'm trying not to do the same with J.
19/11/2013 at 12:20
A valid point with how much time is spent on it but I think it would be down to the child/ Parent? We are lucky in that R is not big into it so for us it is no use as a 'keeping him quiet' tool, otherwise I think I may have a different view lol
Guess it is tougher when there is an older sibling as they often want what 'they' have. Is there an option of buying a cheaper one?
19/11/2013 at 12:22
LC Louie has also asked for an iphone like his sisters. He's not getting one because he's 4 and doesn't need a phone.
19/11/2013 at 12:23
Im in both camps. Its great for keeping them quiet, but I want them to play too. E had a tablet last year and hardly uses it - she was 5.5.
19/11/2013 at 12:27
E loves playing with her dolls and tea sets and reading books etc. We love playing with them with her too. She wouldn't have a clue what a tablet was, or what it was for. When we go to my aunty's house my cousin who is 18 months older than E is obsessed with the Ipad. She's got toys she doesn't play with. So until E needs one for school or whatever she can stick to her toys.
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