iPod touch and summer fun for kids

Child with iPod touch
Child with iPod touch (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

The new iPod touch 6 has a better camera and faster processor than ever before. It's also slim and light, so you can take it everywhere, and relatively inexpensive, which makes it affordable for kids. With no data contract to worry about, and a million and a half apps in the App Store, it's small screen with big potential. That's especially true in the summer, and with these fun projects!

Learn a language

How we communicate and how we think are limited only by our command of language, beautiful, lyrical, contextual, nuanced, delicious language. And apps like Duolingo make it easier than ever to learn a new language, to do it from your deck or poolside, from your living room or hotel room

Make a movie

No matter how great a vacation is you can never be there forever, nor can you take everyone you love with you. What you can do is bring the vacation home for you and for them! With your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, not only can you take videos and pictures of those magic travel moments, but you can edit and share them right in iMovie

Build a book

Whether you're in your backyard, at the local park, at a national park, or hiking halfway around the world, there's an amazing amount of plants and flowers, bugs and birds, rocks and streams to see and enjoy. The Camera app means you really can bring it all home with you, and Photos for OS X means you can have a real book printed and bound on real paper so you can share it with your family and friends.

Create your cards

From little league to soccer practice, gymnastics to judo, tennis to skating there are all sorts of sports, team and solo, for kids to have fun with, get healthy doing, and learn valuable skills from. And what better way to keep hold of those memories and share them with teammates and classmates alike than with rookie cards of their very own?

Your summer fun project?

If your kids are using iPod touches new or old, or even iPads or iPhones, let me know what fun summer projects they're working on!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • My kids used theirs (5th gen) tonight to make movies as part of Apple Camp. That plus GarageBand on the iPad, and iMovie on the Mac tomorrow, and they'll have a nice little film! Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd be curious to hear the ages of kids who are getting these devices - just a general consensus, not a 'here's why it's ok' or 'here's why it's not ok'. My oldest is almost 8 and he absorbs information like a sponge. But he also gets sucked into things more than any kid I know. It's a double edged sword, and we're teaching him to self-regulate with things like games and tv time (as well as our regulation obviously). But I could also see him learning so much on his own with something like this...
  • I'm curious about this too. We have 4 kids, our eldest is 10. Many of her friends have had their own iPod for a couple years already...we've held out. I think it's going to happen in the next 2 years. Either that, or she'll go straight to a text-only phone. Lots of benefits to the tech, but the costs are hard to measure.
    Thanks for the article Rene.
  • My godkids, as you can imagine, have grown up around iOS devices. They've been able to slide to unlock and tap to launch apps since they were 2 or 3 years old. I gave them their own iPods touch when they were 6 or 7 and, with the help of their parents—who severely limit screen time—they've done amazingly well.
  • My girls, age 10 and soon to be 13, got their first new iPod touches shortly after the 5th gen release in 2012. Likely Christmas of 2012. So they were 7 and 10. They both had hand me downs of third gen touches when grandma and an aunt went to the iPhone when Verizon launched the 4, so about 6 and 9 when they first got one. My soon to be 13 has had an iPhone for 10 months. Got one when she started middle school sports with away games. She has my old iPhone 5. My sister's two kids have had hand me down iPads since maybe age 2. It is all in how you limit. And depends on your kid. For instance, my oldest did save for her own 13" MacBook Air, which my youngest is in the process of doing. Sent from the iMore App