There are good ideas in this world, and then there are bad ideas. Giving your $650 iPhone to a young child has to rank amongst one of the worst ideas we’ve heard of for a long while, but that’s exactly what Fisher Price wants us to do. The toy company has created a handy-dandy little iPhone case for that exact purpose.

Dubbed the “Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case” and set to go on sale next month, the case protects your iPhone or iPod touch while a 6-36 month-old child does its best to eat it, drool on it, or do other generally bad things to it…

Once inserted, the iDevice is nigh-on impossible to remove without a coin or similar tool, and the front is covered with a protective plastic. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), the power, volume and home button are not accessible once the device is in the case.

Fisher Price has even created three apps that they believe will keep your child entertained, at least until someone calls you on your newly baby-fied iPhone.

At $15, the Apptivity Case sure is cheaper than buying a new iPhone or iPod touch. But surely there are other, less expensive toys to give a baby?

Perhaps some sort of Android phone?

[NY Times]

  • If I ever had children, the last thing I’d do is introduce them to technology like that so early. I’d want them to get familiar with more organic things first. With that said, if you’re going to let them play with a $500 device, this is probably one of the more logical ways of doing so.

    • JC

      Why wouldn’t you want to introduce your children to technology that early? The whole world is technology right now so an early start is obviously good. That is like saying that you shouldn’t introduce children to children’s books when they first came out because they should use something more organic. The more familiar they are with the tools that exist now, the better. Doesn’t mean you should exclude the other learning tools, but if they can use it… then use it! it is a good thing! πŸ™‚

  • Logan

    Back to the basics.

  • Michelle

    My sons (aged 2 and 5) have always played on my iPhone. We bought the 5yr old an iPod touch when he was about 3 and we’re considering buying the 2 yr old one (second hand of course!) They play with my iPad too. The 2yr old is great on Angry Birds! πŸ™‚

  • Eldaria

    I have this one:

    My two year old loves it with or without the iPhone.
    And I feel safe handing over the iPhone to her.

  • Kjeldor

    Off topic: what is that tweak/app in cydia that you can use to track one’s iphone? It was talked about here in iDB before.. You install it in the iphone that you want to track.. I forgot the name. Not Find my iPhone

    • bazzabw

      I use

    • Copy9

    • Copy9 is the 1 ur looking 4!

  • My 3 year old loves my iPhone
    Intact she loves it so much the microphone dont work anymore
    Sending it for repair

    I might get one of these me thinks

  • Nidia

    Technology is our future!! Awesome idea!

  • Michelle

    My kids are more careful with my iPhone than I am and introducing them to technology from an early age teaches them not to be ‘scared’ of it later down the line. The only problem is that my 2yr old thinks everything is touch screen now! They do have lots of ‘real’ toys too but when you’re out and about the kiddy apps are essential for a quick distraction.