I hate the thought of my children being addicted to computer games, turning into those grunting types who have evolved bigger thumbs because they spend so long attached to their playstationDS or whatever its called…BUT I LOVE the thought of my kids growing up IT savvy and being able use and enjoy the latest technology to their advantage.
My Colouring Book
Loads of lovely pictures to colour in. This was one of the first apps we got and it is still probably Beas favourite – its free, and its a good one to start with to get kids learning how to use their little fingers on the touch screen.
We have since also got my colouring numbers and my colouring letters – also free and another great chance to get those all important letters and numbers practiced.
Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild
Another lovely first app. This cute little app is super easy to use and a nice way to learn a few animal names and sounds along the way too. Freya loves it! Night and day studios, the makers of Peekaboo Barn and Wild have quite a few other lovely looking apps we haven’t got ourselves but might add to the collection soon!
This is an award winner. Its a brilliant app aimed at 3-6 year olds. Introducing them to key letter sounds and using the touch pad to encourage kids to follow the arrow to learn how to write the letters accurately.
Whenever Bea asks to watch TV and i say no, i love that her second request is to do letters on the iPad – it must be fun! (there is a Lite version which is free if you want to just give this a try!)
I wash my horses lite (aka free!)
This is a great one for a short plane ride or car journey! Kids have to swipe their fingers on the screen to soap, rinse and hair dry the cute cartoon ponies. Simple and silly = just right
If washing ponies was simple and silly, Talking Tom is even more so! The kids LOVE this cat and his friends – there is a dog, giraffe and more! Tom listens to and repeats your words but in his own voice. You can tickle him and he purrs, scare him and he leaps to the ceiling of his house and all sorts of other fun things – my kids are entranced by this and think its hilarious!
Bea will spend ages doing these puzzles. You can choose the level of difficulty and the harder you choose the more taxing the puzzle and the task, for example, you don’t have to simply get the pieces in the right place but also in number order so without realising it, your kids are learning their numbers too – bonus! I was really surprised to watch what she was able to work out!
In a household that is pretty addicted to Disney Princesses, it was lovely to find a Cinderella story that was a bit different and Bea loves it.
The app is VERY clever. It tells the story but also includes loads of cool extras – you can help the fairy godmother collect the things for the carriage in the garden by dragging and dropping the items (the mice wiggle and squeak too, v funny!)
You can change cinders outfit colour, tidy up the kitchen for her and even spot yourself in the ugly sisters bedroom mirror (clever or what!) We love this story and its very oftenplayed.
Kidztory animated books
Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and The Tortoise and the Hare are our favourites. These are great little read along books with fun moving animations. We love them for a quick 5 minutes of quiet time while dinner is cooking 🙂
Ok, so I know this isn’t strictly a kids app BUT, my kids LOVE it. We have family in Miami and Gloucestershire and my oldest friend in Switzerland with her kids as well as some other mates dotted around the UK who we enjoy keeping in touch with with Skype. The kids love to actually see who it is they are talking to, its easier for kids to chat to other kids when they are younger i think. They can show their little friends their favourite things, pull funny faces etc.
I have even been at a birthday party where friends have had their granny watching on skype so she didn’t feel like she was missing out – brilliant! There really is no excuse not to keep your kids close to their family even if family isn’t close.