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Mommy's Lil Helper: BlackBerry

Mommy's Lil Helper: BlackBerry

When you don't have a pen and paper, introduce your preschooler to technology. I normally carry a notebook and pencil in my purse so my daughter can doodle if we get stuck in a long line or dressing room, but the other day an impromptu trip to the mall turned into an hour of waiting while my husband got fitted for suits. Though my purse was loaded with items to entertain an almost-2-year-old, my son slept and my daughter wasn't all that interested in toying around his Hot Wheels.

She is, however, learning to write the alphabet, so I handed her my BlackBerry, opened the memo setting, and asked her to write her name and age. Then, we killed time and sharpened her letter recognition skills by identifying different letters and numbers from the keyboard. And, of course, I taught her how to make a happy face!

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xoclirpa xoclirpa 8 years
my son loves my BB Curve! I gave him my old BB Pearl to play with so he could have his own phone.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
OMG, I fail. I have a plain old basic cell with no bells and whistles. Maybe this will be the excuse I need to justify getting a Blackberry or iPhone.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
How sweet! Excellent ideas. I usually download songs for her (bingo, etc) and tell her which button to push [for repeat]. Or find Santa pictures for her to look at lately. (I'm [er, Santa's?] bribing her to behave... awful, but it's working!)
macgirl macgirl 8 years
The only downside to this is then they want your phone all the time.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I used to do this with my Palm Pilot. Nowadays I just have a plain old cell phone so they're stuck with pencil and paper.
psterling psterling 8 years
how cute and resourceful!
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