I have noticed a few of these posts floating around the blogging world of late so when we were asked if we wanted to take part in reviewing the Kidloland App I wasn’t about to turn it down, given how positive the reviews have been.
There is a certain irony, or hipocracy, in writing this post as it wasn’t too long ago that I published a post about how I felt I as a parent needed to limit my screen time around my children. However as I mentioned in said post I do believe it would be naive to have an outright ban on tablets and smart phones where our children are concerned. Like it or not, they are a big part of modern life and I suspect they will only get smarter and (somehow) more useful as our children age. That and I am not convinced as parents Mr TM and I set the best example. I do not see how I could feesibly ban the use of this bit of kit in our house.
So with that in mind I do allow my children screen time, allbeit limited, unless of course we are on a flight, in which case they can have free reign of all the technology. Ever. I also believe tablets can offer benefits to little ones and not just be imagination linviting and immobility inducing. Kidloland App is a fantastic example of this.
My nearly two year old is worryingly au fait with an iPad, she knows her way round it better than her father at times. As such I wasn’t overly worried about how user friendly the App would be to her, but suffice to say, she had no problem navigating round it.
The App offers sing along nursery rhymes, this was a big hit with both of my children. My just turned one year old sat looking at the iPad, clapping and trying to dance along. Another great feature was that when he tried to touch the screen it didn’t disrupt the video, unlike say YouTube. My nearly two year old also enjoyed the nursery rhymes as she loves singing and dancing and was of course familiar with the majority of the rhymes available.
In my opinion however the app really comes into its own in terms of the educational value. My daughter loves to sit and watch the Mother Goose Club on YouTube, whilst I don’t mind for a short time in the evening when we’re winding down for bed, I am not convinced that it offers a great deal in terms of development. The App however is a great source of educational material.
I have enjoyed sitting with her and having some one on one time whilst learning different skills such as counting, colours and animals. All of these skills are things we try and incorporate into our daily, play and routines so it was nice to have a different and fun way in which to do this. Other topics covered, include fruits and vegetables, vehicles, jungle animals, farm animals, marine life, lullabies, shapes – you name it, it’s there.
Kidloland has over 260 rhymes and educational songs and over 100 games and activities. It is brightly coloured, interactive, stimulating and educational. It requires user participation and doesn’t leave your little one sat there staring aimlessly at the screen. It is pitched at 0-5 year olds and whilst I do believe there is something for most in this bracket I think the toddler age would wreap the biggest benefit.
The App recently won the Spring 2016 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award in May, and I can see why. Ultimately it is fantastic resource that contains everything you would want and expect from such a tool – all in one app.
You can download the app using the following links:
Google Play Store: (Nursery Rhymes For Kids)- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.internetdesignzone.nurseryrhymes&hl=en
Amazon appstore- (KidloLand – Nursery Rhymes, Songs & Educational Games For Preschool Kids)- https://www.amazon.com/Internet-Design-Zone-Nursery-Rhymes/dp/
As always, you don’t have to take my word for it as the guys over at Kidloland App are offering a free three month subscription for you try it out for yourself. Simply follow and retweet the pinned tweet on Twitter here.