My daughter has her own Apple phone. No, we didn’t buy our 2 year old an iPhone (or an iTouch). Rather, we transformed one of her toy phones using a trick that is today’s hint.
Our strategy: We took the white Apple logo sticker (for windows, I think) that came in the box our new iPad came in, and we stuck it to the back of my daughter’s pink toy phone.
This simple transformation has been a success so far. My tot calls this phone her “Apple phone,” pretends to call her cousins and others on it and even uses it as if it were a phone camera (see the image to the left) to “take pictures.”
The trick works best if you have actual real Apple Inc. stickers on hand. But you don’t need to have recently bought a new Apple device to get them. You can find similar images for sale online, especially since the market for Mac stickers is booming due to Apple’s recent television ad featuring MacBook users customizing their computers with stickers.
During a quick search online, I found Apple decals on Amazon.com that could easily do the trick, like this one and this one. And if you’re handy, you could create your own sticker by cutting the Apple logo image out of a white sticky label.
To be sure, the sticker doesn’t look exactly like the actual Apple logo on the back of real iPhones – it’s bigger, for one thing. And of course, there’s still no replacement for the real thing. Whenever my tot can get her hands on our actual Apple devices, she still prefers real iPhones, iPads and computers to her pink phone.
In fact, we recently figured out that her frequent requests for an “apple” aren’t for the fruit, but rather are for any device by the company Apple. Luckily, though, for now, she still seems to think her pink toy phone with a white apple on it is by the same firm – it just can’t do as much as the other devices.
For more on satisfying babies and toddlers’ desire for their own adult-like phones, check out this hint on how to make an “iPhone” for babies and toddlers as well as this hint on the iPhone feature all parents should know about.
What do you think of my trick? Share your thoughts, as well as your own suggestions for dealing with little kids’ device desires, below.