About a week ago we were given a subscription to the increasingly popular chidlrens app KidloLand. I was a little sceptical at first, because I wasn’t sure how I felt plonking my little ones down to play on an app on my phone or tablet. Not through fear of them damaging the device, but more so damaging their tiny minds. But I soon realized the app was more than just an app, it’s been so beneficial in a few areas. Seriously, all doubts I had were thrown out of the window when I noticed the huge benefits.
Firstly I didn’t plonk them down by themselves to listen to nursery rhymes and learn colours, numbers, the alphabet etc by themselves. I sat with them. We’ve snuggled up every day, usually in bed in the morning and sung along to the annoyingly catchy songs and they’ve been reciting numbers from 1 to 15 and various letters of the alphabet. They can also tell me what an oval and a pentagon is. It may not be a huge milestone, but since they’re still only 1 & 2, I was very impressed.
It’s been great for our bonding and its something I enjoy doing with them. Sometimes I’m terrible at playing with my kids. I’m not sure how to play other than building houses with Lego. Which my biggest boy usually tells me I’m doing completely wrong anyway. So this is easy for me, we huddle together, interacting with the app, chatting about what we can see and singing along to the songs.
It’s also been my saving grace when I need to get bits and bobs done around the house. Either one or both kids will be completely engaged with KidloLand that I won’t feel guilty for not focusing all my attention on them.
The best thing about KidloLand is definitely the opportunity to learn. It offers a huge selection for children of various ages to learn, such as:
- The alphabet
Months of the Year
Numbers 1 – 100
All of these can be learnt by song, it’s probably the most memorable way to learn something new. It’s certainly worked with my tiny ones. The nursery rhymes may not be vital to their learning, but they’re a right of passage for every child I think. There are also games and activities for kids of all ages to help with various skills such as problem solving.
The app itself is really easy to navigate, they just scroll and select then play along with their choice. My 1 year old can’t use it properly yet, but my 2 year old is brilliant at choosing his activity. His favourite at the moment is the alphabet and the letter ‘W’ to be precise. I’ve heard the song to accompany the letter dozens of times, but it never fails to entertain him. So I can’t complain.
I’d really recommend the KidloLand app for children from pre-school age onwards. It does wonders for their learning by keeping little ones engaged and entertained and it’s a great distraction for us parents to use without feeling guilty.
There are certain parts of the KidloLand app which is free and the rest is at a small cost. I see it as an alternative to a book, so certainly worth paying for. However, if you’d like the chance to win a three month subscription for free then please enter the competition below. There’ll be five winners and it’s a great way to try before you buy. We’ll be singing the songs together before you know it!
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For more information you can visit their site here.