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Old 09-30-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Fire for young kids? (maybe three?)

I saw the other thread on Kid's using Kindles but I wanted to concentrate on small kids and the Fire.

If they really come up with a thousand titles, in color, and some animated it seems like the Fire could be the perfect device for the 3+ crowd. Maybe even younger.

I am a grandparent and not a parent, but I was a parent once so I know a little bit about kids reading and being read to. I would much rather see a kid with a book than a TV.

Having said that the content will apparently be there and should be easy enough for kids to handle. In fact many of them will find features that we won't.

In any case I am wondering about how to protect the unit. They are not exactly kid-proof. I guess there are plastic shock-absorbent cases to help a bit. I wonder if a wrist-band or other "leash" might be appropriate.

What do you guys think? I know we don't talk about kids much on these boards, but I am sure there are lots of parents and grandparents lurking about.

Is this a great opportunity, or not?
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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I can't say that I'd recommend getting a Fire for a 3-year-old. I'd probably swing one of those cheap Android tablet (maybe a Pandigital Novel, or something), kill some settings on it to make it severely gimped, and load the books and such on there for them. That way, rather than watch them destroy a $200~ piece of tech, they're just demolishing an $80~ piece of tech.

But, that's just me.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:23 PM   #3
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For a 3 year old, I would suggest a LeapFrog or other beginner reader/read to me things. I have an 8 and 10 year old and I still can't get them to use an e-reader. They are both very computer savvy and avid readers, but they will both still rather pick up a real book than an e-book.
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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If you're set on buying one, this looks like a great case:

http://www.amazon.com/Marware-MicroS...SG3TC/ref=_1_6
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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My daughter loves Nook Color and iPad. She's been using them since she was 4. Our friend's kid who is 1.5 plays with iPad just fine. Since there are no moving parts and the drop height is naturally limited there is little chance of breaking.

As far as Kindle Fire is concerned it will really depend on whether there will be enough interesting content for kids there. My daughter loves using reading/math tutor apps on iPad and playing pottery game. She also loves reading Kid's books on Nook Color.

If Amazon will offer similar books they Kids will love Kindle Fire
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:37 PM   #7
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I have an iPad and a 3-year-old. She has to be sitting down on the chair to play with it or at the table. She's not allowed to just run around the house with it - so I don't think the case is really such a huge deal for that reason. I just have a leather case that folds so it's also a stand. A 'leash' for a device wouldn't be necessary if you don't allow them to run around with it, which really (IMO) isn't the best idea if you don't want it broken.

I'm ordering a Fire and it will be the same rule - she can play with it, but when she plays with it, she has to sit down and play with it, then it gets put away.
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:25 PM   #8
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My very hyper not quite 3 yo nephew has played with the much bigger, heavier, and more expensive iPad 1 (and now iPad 2) for a year without incident, both by himself and with supervision. The iPads have case with cover. (lots of handiwipes required, however)

The bigger concern is whether the fire has enough apps suitable for a toddler.
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:30 AM   #9
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My 3 1/2 year old plays with her "nookbook" which is the Nook Color. She plays on the drawing apps and angry birds and a few others I loaded up, and has her "read to me" books she gets to and "reads". She uses it more than I do, really.
I would wait and find out for sure what apps are available on the Fire and what if any they cost.
And make sure nothing on there is linked to your credit card
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:46 AM   #10
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This is the sort of device where you'd hand over an older one when you upgrade - just like a laptop or a cell phone. If it gets broken it's a pity, but not a major loss.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:21 AM   #11
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My daughter has been using an iPad since she was 3. My 8 yr old son as well has been using it since release. They love all the interactive apps & games. So I see no reason why you shouldn't get a kindle fire for a 3 yr old. I use to superrvise them quite heavily, but they are pretty good with it & I no longer monitor them. They know now to sit with them as they do what they do. I think these are great tools that we should encourage & expose our kids too because it is the future. They'll be using technology in school, you want them to be ahead of the curve & learn now. I just ordered my son a Dell Netbook so I can teach him how to use a computer better & his school uses a few different sites for classwork.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:53 PM   #12
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My 2-year-old and 9-year-old both handle my iPad without any problems at all. Kids can handle tablets.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:49 PM   #13
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My 4 year old niece and 8 year old nephew have been using their mom's iPad for a least a year now, if not 2. They are both pretty good about staying in one spot without much coaxing.

My children are 8, 8, and 11. They have all had an opportunity to play with the iPad, but are fine with their computers. Interestingly, my daughter (one of the 8 year olds) has just asked for a Kindle. Neither of the boys are that interested, preferring paper books instead.
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My grandson has used the iPad since he was about a year old. He is 22 months now and knows how to create folders, delete apps. This is the first iPad which is built a bit heavier than the 2. Leapfrog would be a joke for him. Says more about the iPad's intuitive interface than about a particular childs ability to use it. I really doubt the Fire will have the ecosystem necessary to keep a small child occupied, at least at the beginning and will it be heavy duty enough to survive multiple drops?
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:23 PM   #15
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I witness my nephew, who is 4 years old, playing Angry Birds on an iPad and he is very careful to respect the machine. It seems the Kindle Fire would work the same way for reading. I believe it really depends on the child and how developed they are, both their motor skills and physical composure. If they are fairly rambunctious and break everything they can get their hands on, I'd pass.
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