Amazing Videos Of Toddlers Mastering The iPad



These toddlers can barely speak, but they sure can rock an iPad.

Check out the video above. In it, two-year-old Bridger shows his mastery of the iPad. Just watch him swipe his way through the Home screen to find the app he wants.

The videos in this post are just a sample of many toddler videos on YouTube, demonstrating the unbelievable ease two- and three-year olds have mastering the iPad.

Here’s a 17-month old:

The 17-month old is still a bit too young for the iPad. She can launch her favorite game, but she hasn’t really mastered the UI. But here’s a slightly older toddler. She’s 2.5-years-old and is supposedly playing with an iPad for the first time. She has no trouble finding her way around:

Here’s a 2-year-old finding and playing a favorite game.

Via Technologizer: Growing Up Digitally: The iPad As a Learning Device

  • vonchambers

    I’ve always felt this is where the future of education is … self-learning with applications. At least the basics of reading, writing, drawing, creating music. So simple and easy to do things on the iPad even a baby can do it : )

  • Guitarlynn53

    I don’t think a baby should be using a ipad they will probably break it

  • Eric Smith

    My 18 month old uses my iPhone and iPad pretty regularly and pretty successfully. They’re great tools to occupy their attention for a few minutes. I’ve had to wean him off it a bit, though, because he’s discovered that it’s fun to push a long time and get the little white Xes to pop up, and push them. In other words, to delete apps.

  • Jaime Antonio Rivera

    The first video is the best. The baby seems to be in control of what he is doing. Even when he does not do what the father asks him to do, it looks like he does not do it because he is not interested. However, his motor skills shine when he advances the video to the exact portion that he likes best, and when he chooses the right applications from the several pages of apps that his dad has installed. The fact that the baby knows that the sticker menu has animals and knows how to scroll down just blew my mind.

    The other videos are good, but the children in them seem to be tapping the screen almost randomly to see if something will happen.

  • M. F. Kamil A. Fauzi

    This show how Apple manage to design a simple & great UI. Even baby can use it.

  • Bob

    Like anything else they shouldn’t be using it without proper supervision. If you’re using the iPad as a digital babysitter then it’ll probably get wrecked. But if you are using it WITH your child, whether it’s for education or entertainment, then it’s perfectly ok. My nephew has been playing with my iPhone since he was 2 and has never hurt it at all. Now, 2 years later, he’s a little iOS master and his little brother is following in his footsteps. Can’t wait to see what fun things he figures out with my new iPad2…

  • Mikael Fransson

    and you’re too old…;-)

  • randison

    I do not know but those children are old people in disguise! lol The first baby video is really a cute one. He can barely speak but can use the iPad like someone at my age. lol

  • Ed Andrade

    Hi Leander, this is amazing!
    I was exchanging emails recently with an iPad app developer and I told him I found his design decisions amazing for his app ( Notes +). He explained to me that the whole idea behind iOS and therefore the apps, is based upon the concept of “Natural Design” in which things are intended to be played with and eventually you’ll find your way around. That’s why we don’t see long manuals with iDevices and such… This is very different form the mentality we, adults from the PC Era, are used to in UIs. We got used to (in the best case scenario) “Intuitive Designs” but this conception assumes you must know something prior and then use you “intuition” to figure your way around as opposed to the Natural approach where you’re meant to play with and app or any interface… I found this distinction very interesting…The videos with the kids just prove it works indeed!!

  • Junaidkureshi

    the first kid was awesome, and is so cute, he was very focused and knew what he is doing, even after playing the video he touched the screen with his thumb to get away the control buttons, that was damn too awesome…..lovely.

  • Doug Baumgartner

    True 17 month old IPAD demonstration

  • Mondesi_2

    My 2.5 yo learned how to unlock my iphone @18mos. Shortly after he figured out the flower was “Pic churrs”. He found out how to swipe the pictures on his own. At about 2 years he discovered angry birds in the game folder….that’s the automatic go to app now. It’s funny watching him play on his learning laptop because he swipes and scrolls like mom and dad do on their MBPs.

  • Chris

    well it’s surely a great way for kids to learn numbers and letters, but I think if they play with the iPad only, they don’t learn fine motor skills with real objects, like using a spoon, playing with blocks, etc.
    Btw, playing outside is still the best way to prevent your baby from having allergies!

  • LaiStirland

    You should see my daughter. She figured out how to “unlock” the opening screen by herself, and she can switch between applications. She woke up one day and cried for the the iPad. The immediate addiction is frightening!

  • Jesseplee

    My son just turned 3, and he’s been doing this since I first got my iPad at launch. It’s pretty crazy to see it – my 5-year-old daughter asks him to start up games of Angry Birds for her all the time, because I have my apps arranged in folders and she doesn’t like navigating them.

    He also loves iPhones and my EVO. The best is when he uses my wife’s Palm PRE – he looks like a pro, and he’s better at it than my wife is. The other day he was playing with it, and he said, “say cheese!” and shot a pic of my wife. Crazy!

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Imagine 20 years from now?

    Kid will start school with 2 years or earlier.
    Who said immortality sucks?

  • Stuart Otterson

    Apple are rather clever, they have come up with a UI that can so easily for kids and OAPs alike that they’re setting themselves up for millions of future loyal customers, the next generation of customers who remembered their childhood experiences.

    The other thing is that these kids aren’t tainted by the old paradigm of computer UIs the rest of us have grown up with. They’ll be accustomed to these new touch interfaces and will not be burdened by the old ways that I’ve seen many naysayers dragged down by. One day they’ll be grown up and think how silly it was the way we use to work with computers, in much the same way that as a relatively young man I look back at those people hunched over command line terminals and laugh.

  • DC

    These are not amazing. These are parents treating their children like monkeys.

  • cliffsnotez

    I was nervous about letting my 2 year old touch my iPad. Once I relented it became his iPad just for the fact that he’s on it most of the time. I’m amazed how well he navigates the device and chooses what he wants to play or watch. Now my wife and I have it loaded with games and videos that keep him entertained on the long rides back and forth from daycare. I wonder how life will be in 10 years when these devices will be much more common.

  • ECE

    Ignorance is bliss! You are all urged to look carefully at this (alliance for web site’s home page filled with important literature – research and advocacy – on the subject of early childhood development, in particular the header “Technology and Young Children”

  • Anonymous

    Here is wonderful proof again that Apple products truly conform to the desgin principles of Dieter Rams: Good design makes a product understandable, meaning that the product can express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. This is exactly how the babies are behaivng in these videos. Using an iPad for basic tasks does not require technical knowledge; the babies feel comfortable using simple gestures to input data into the iPad.

  • Darren Murtha

    Wow that is so cool! That first baby is using our App Drawing Pad

    Our goal in designing the app was to make it easy enough for a two year old but fun for all ages!

    btw: We have an app for GROWN UPS too called Unnecessary Censorship —

    The way the 2 year old says “Okay” is so darn cute! His attitude exudes confidence!