The use of technology in a child's upbringing is something that causes great debate. Whilst some people believe that items such as the television and iPad bring no educational benefit to a child's life, others believe that with technology playing such a large part in our lives, it's use is beneficial.
Jack currently uses the iPad first thing in the morning for 30 minutes and when I'm cooking dinner. He mainly accesses the YouTube Kids App which allows him to watch his favourite show, Fireman Sam. Giving Jack the iPad for these periods often triggers my "mom guilt." I know that in moderation it's use can be beneficial but feel that he could learn more if he was to use the iPad for educational purposes.
I have been looking for an app that offers both interactive and educational content. Something that would capture Jack's attention. Kidloland does just that! When they contacted me asking me if I would be interested in reviewing their app and giving away 5 subscriptions, I snapped their hand off.
Kidloland is an educational app which is designed for children between the ages of 0-5. From nursery rhymes to songs and learning games, the app will grow with your child. Jack is currently two years old so this app will be great in helping him learn phonics, the alphabet and much more.
One of the first things I noticed about this app in comparison to others aimed at children was the amount of content it offers. As well as nursery rhymes and songs, it also offers games and activities that promote the learning of phonics, the alphabet, shapes, puzzles and more. We have been using this app for two weeks and there is still a lot of content that we are yet to fully utilise.
Jack has loved listening to the Nursery Rhymes. Since using this app, he has even started to sing along! With bright animations, the nursery rhymes really capture Jack's attention. Lyrics appear across the bottom so you can sing along too. He has also been learning his phonics through the phonic songs. I think this section is fabulous though I do wish that the letter Z was not americanised. Currently the Z on the Z Song is pronounced Zee which in the English Language is incorrect. Aside from that, it's one of Jack's favourite areas on the app.
A real positive for me is how Kidloland have categorised the content. You can easily find what you are looking for and with topics including fruit and vegetables, dinosaurs, animals, vehicles, and Christmas, there is always something new for your little one to explore.
When I first looked at the app, I thought that the games and activities section would be too old for him. How wrong I was! He has quickly learnt how to play some of the games solo. He can complete many puzzles on his own with his hand/eye communication improving every time.
One of the most positive things about this app is it's offline use. Once you have downloaded the content for the app, you can use it on the go. Perfect for a long journey or a picnic in the park.
In the last few weeks Kidloland has added another feature to its app. The new Stories section has bedtime stories, fables and animal stories. Once you have selected a story you then have the option of whether you want to have the story read to you or you want to read it yourself. This allows you, the parent or even the child to read along to the story.
At £29.99 for a year's subscription, I think it is truly money well spent. Jack has really enjoyed the app and continues to use it on a daily basis. When Jack uses the iPad now, I know he is accessing content that will help him learn and develop.
For your chance to win one of the 5 three month subscriptions, enter below. I hope your little one loves the app just as much as Jack does.