My daughter really enjoys working/playing/learning on her iPad. She has a few games, some educational, some just dress-up Barbie type stuff. She has some videos and TV episodes. She likes some of the books on it as well. But she does not like using the iPad when it comes to bedtime.
I think there are a few reasons why, but I find it surprising given how much she likes using the device at other times. So here is a short list of my completely unscientific (AKA – guesses) reasons as to why she still prefers traditional picture books at bedtime.
1.The light from the iPad doesn’t calm her down. Even a story about bedtime is still radiating light and energy to build the images on the screen. This isn’t particularly relaxing.
2. The traditional books are more tactile. She flips back and forth EASILY. Even though you can ‘flip’ back and forth on the iPad, it’s not the same sense of before and after. It’s further abstracted because of the device.
3. Traditional picture books are usually bigger. And the larger images and compositions with white space are more fun to look at in general.
4. She has a lot of dead tree books books to pick from. Even with a well stocked iPad, there’s no comparison. We have books we own, she has library books from school and the city library. She sometimes raids my book shelves for even more picture books.
I happy to see that she still relates to traditional books even though I have not tried to push her away from the iPad in anyway. I think the traditional format of a book is still the best fit for bedtime. But, when we travel on an airplane I wouldn’t trade the iPad for anything!