As I posted a few weeks ago, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that Miss Belle will watch the odd bit of TV every now and then. I had previously worried about exposing my child to screen time and this included the use of apps. I suppose, like my pre-baby thoughts on kid’s TV, I felt apps weren’t really necessary. But over the past few years I have seen friends and family use apps and I’ve often been told they can be educational. So when KidloLand got in touch to ask me if I wanted to review their app, I was keen to put it to the test and see if there really were any educational benefits to it.
The award winning KidloLand app boasts 700 different nursery rhymes, stories, songs and games. That’s a LOT of content. You can download the app for iOS or Android. The app is designed for pre-school children and toddlers. With that in mind, they have made learning fun! All of the content is colourful and eye catching and it uses music and cute characters to capture the attention of children.
As you would expect for an app that caters for 0-5 year olds, some sections are more suitable for younger children, and some for older ones. At 21 months I was a bit sceptical about what Miss Belle would get out of it. As much as she’s always trying to take selfies and open my iPhone or iPad, I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to do some of the activities which required her to tap or swipe the screen.
I’m pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much Miss Belle enjoyed using the app. We sat and played with it together and I could quickly see which elements she liked and which bits she could interact with. She loved the nursery rhymes and songs to begin with. But the app is so much more than nursery rhymes. Children can learn about ABCs, numbers, shapes, colours, A-Z, different seasons, fruits and vegetables, clothing and occupations too.
Our favourite features of the app were:
Nursery rhymes and songs: Miss Belle found these really captivating. Some of you will know that recently we attempted a first hair cut for the second time, and that was on the day after we received this app! I am sure that the nursery rhymes (and the snacks I gave her) helped to make that hair cut a success!
Phonics: Miss Belle is saying new words every day and I think this was the stand out feature of the app for me. The use of colourful songs helped to show her how to say words.
Game – Pop the Numbers: This was a big hit as Miss Belle is learning how to count to 10. In this game the numbers pop up and as you tap them to make them pop, the number is said out loud. We sat and did it together to start with, but after a few minutes she was tapping away by herself. Not only that, but she the started telling me which number she could see on the screen. 6, 9 and 3 seem to be her favourite!
Some of the activities such as jigsaw puzzles and join the dots were a bit tricky for Miss Belle, but I can see they would be great for slightly older pre-schoolers. When we explored these sections she’d still have a go though, and we could still discuss things such as colours as she was attempting them.
I can honestly say I was surprised at the educational value of this app. I will keep using it with Miss Belle, safe in the knowledge that it will be supplementing what she is learning as she discovers new things. We go away in a few weeks and it will be great to take on the plane to entertain her too. Personally, I will use apps in moderation, but whenever I use the KidloLand app I will be happy knowing that there is an educational benefit for my child.
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