This blog post was sponsored by Amazon. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet is one of our favorite kids tablets. I especially love the special family time we spend together using the many apps and books that are available to use with the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription. In this post you will learn more about the many perks of this wonderful kids device, see how it encourages family time and find our favorite books and apps for children.
I have always been a bookworm. A library is my little heaven. As a child, when I would walk into a library I was thrilled by the possibilities of thousands of adventure filled stories. The suspense of not knowing which path and journey I would be taking next filled me with such wonder and awe. This is how I feel about my personal Amazon Kindle. I can’t live without it!
When I received the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets for my children I was beyond excited! The possibilities, the adventures and the potential books that would now be just a fingertip tap away brought me so much of joy. I see that same feeling in my children when they look through the book and app section of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
As a parent, handing my child a tablet (or device) that is trustworthy is important to me. I want to know that the things my daughter is seeing on her app are age appropriate. I want to be sure that the apps and books she sees are correctly filtered for children. The Fire 7 kids Edition tablet has a 7″ display, 16 GB of storage and a kid proof case. That means that if she drops it then the tablet shouldn’t break. If it does break then all Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets come with a 2 year warranty. Just send the device back to Amazon and they will sort it out.
Family Time With Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet
Here are some family activities and ideas:
Drawing And Coloring Together
This is one of my favorite activities to do with my children. Not only is it fun, but it also extends their creativity. We use the kids painting app available in the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited app section. One of us will begin by drawing an item and then each one of us will keep adding to the drawing. This is how our last family drawing session went:
- I drew green grass.
- My 8 year old drew a swing set on top of the grass.
- My 4 year old drew in a yellow sun.
- I added a smiley face to the sun.
- My 8 year old drew a child on the swing.
- My 4 year old colored in her clothing.
- I added a flower stem
- My 8 year old added a flower on top of the stem.
- My 4 year old drew clouds.
The process goes on and on but this collaborative drawing experience made for an unusual and out of the box kind of picture. It definitely makes you think out of the box to find ways to enhance a picture. The drawing can begin with just one line and then take a life of its own.
Read Aloud Books
One of our favorite times of day is our bedtime book time. After the kids brush their teeth and put on their pajamas we get into one of the kids beds (or mine) and begin reading a book together. This quiet time is filled with many cuddles and a calm feeling of love. With Amazon FreeTime Unlimited there are thousands of book choices to choose from. The pictures of the book covers makes it really easy to choose a read aloud book for the night.
Because I have children of multiple ages I often swap around the types of books I read them. Sometimes, it will be a picture book (which is more suited to my 4 year old). Other times, it will be a chapter book that is more suited to my 8 year old. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ensures that there is a large variety of books for me to choose from.
In the parent dashboard you can find Discussion Cards for the books we are reading. There are simple questions that help extend a child’s understanding and reflection about the books we are reading.
For example, a question I found in the Pete The Cat book was “What happened to Pete The Cat’s shoes?” My 4 year old then explained to me about how the color of his shoes kept on changing.
My 4 year old loves this part of our read aloud time. She loves to weigh in with her thoughts on what happened in the book. I am always melting with love listening to her perspective on the book.
Some Favorite Read Aloud Books for my 4 year old:
- Pete The Cat books
- Splat The Cat
Favorite Read Aloud Chapter Books for my 8 year old
- Harry Potter Books
- Big Nate Books
- Ramona Quimby Books
As a family, we often read books a loud together. Sometimes, I will read them to my children but my kids love participating in the reading sessions. I will choose an age appropriate book and then we will all take turns reading a page or two from the book. Not only has this collaborative family read aloud time grown the love for reading in my children, this has also improved their reading fluency. Plus, I learn a thing or two from their reading style.. like how to make funny character voices.
If we finish one book quickly then we can move on to another. I believe in following a child’s interests. If my 4 old daughter is currently obsessed with Pete the Cat then that is what we will be reading. I am glad that I no longer need to wait for my library to have it in stock or take that long drive over. I can just have her press the book in the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited books area, wait for it to download and we are good to go. If the book is short we can choose another. The Amazon FreeTime Unlimited library is filled with our favorite classic books.
Favorite books to read aloud with the kids
- Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
- Goodnight Moon
- Mr. Messy
- I Love You This Much
Take pictures together
The Amazon Fire Kids Edition is perfectly sized for us to take selfies together. We can be goofy, sweet and creative with the camera.
Watch Videos and Movies Together
Sometimes you just want to cuddle up next to each other and watch videos and movies together. There are so many video choices that can attract an audience of all ages.
I love that the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablets only includes age appropriate games, apps and videos. This means that each child will only see books and apps that are set according to the age you set up for them within the FreeTime app on the parent’s profile. I love that the material my 4 year old see’s is different from what my 8 year old see’s on her device. Therefore, my daughter will find things on her kids tablet that naturally capture her interest instead of having to filter through everything.