It has been 6 months since I last brought you our favourite app recommendations, and in that time we have been busy discovering lots more so I thought it was about time that I brought you our new recommendations of 10 great kids apps! Many of the apps in the previous post we are still using and enjoying, so do check out that list too if you missed it the first time around. This time I have split the apps into literacy, numeracy, and play and imagination categories.
Have you tried out the new Tree Fu Tom 3D Adventures app by Crane Media? It’s brilliant for any little fans of Tree Fu Tom. Here’s what we thought of it:
Tree Fu Tom 3D Adventures is an app with a lot of play value. It allows children to explore with the characters in their own real world surroundings. This is something pretty new on iPad, I haven’t seen it on any other children’s apps before and it works brilliantly for such character based apps where young children can get such enjoyment from seeing characters like Tom and Twigs interacting in their own room. It only takes a minute or so to set up the 3D adventure, which may be better done by an adult, and once that is in place it’s very easy for a child to use. Within this 3D adventure, children can take pictures of the characters in their home and if parents are on hand to help then they can also share these via social media.
This app is based on the award winning tv series Dipdap. It’s a drawing app but quite different and quirky. To play, the child completes the animation by drawing in the objects, then the character interacts with the drawings they have done.
Mr Z (5) enjoyed this app, as he also enjoys the show which comes on Cbeebies and he has also seen it at school.
It’s an interesting idea and definitely a fun one to play with.
You can see more here on the website.
This is a lovely app with great graphics, all about exploring space. It aims to get children enthusiastic about space, and help them learn a little along the way.
We currently have a competition to win one of 10 codes to download this App for free, along with a magazine. For more details of the competition and to see a full review have a look here.
These would definitely be Mr T (age 3)’s favourite apps! There are quite a few available, and we have a few including Hero of the Railway, Misty Island, and the Thomas Game Pack. These include a variety of activities from colouring to e-books, matching games and puzzles. The graphics and quality is very good, and for a little Thomas fan, these apps are definitely worth downloading.
This is one of the first apps I downloaded when I got my iPhone and it is a great educational yet fun app. It is really easy to use and encourages children to form letters and numbers accurately and to start to spell simple words.
This is a great one, and a long awaited app from me and my boys as its not always easy to play flash games via a website on tablets, so it is much easier to play CBeebies games on this app than via the website. The app includes games featuring the Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom, Alphablocks and Something Special
6. Touch n Sing
This is a great free app, which is expandable with extra song packs. It is easy for even younger toddlers to use and was lot of fun for my 2 year old. For a full review, click here
7. Eggs on Legs
This is a great Maths game, enjoyed by Mr Z (5). You can choose between difficulty levels, and between addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. You then simply choose the right number to crack the egg!
This is another of the first games I downloaded when I got the iPhone a couple of years back. At the time it was really enjoyed by Mr Z and now my 2 year old Mr R likes it. You can buy some of the games separately but this complete version includes 30 categories. My favourites to focus on tend to be the simple ones like colours, shapes, letters and numbers but there is all sorts on there like bugs, food and transport. It is a really simple idea, prompting the child to “touch the blue square” or whatever else – and rewards them with a clapping cheering sound when they get the correct answer. Once they get enough correct, they will earn a sticker. There are also flash card modes but mine prefer the quizzing.
You can read more on the Toddler Teasers website
This is a classic app appealing to all ages! As it is so simple, even little ones can play. It is ideal now in the Autumn as we come up to Bonfire night! You simply touch the screen to make fireworks. You can make shapes and write letters with the fire works too, and it is affected by how much pressure you put on the screen so you can control the effects.
This app includes 5 animal puzzles, a memory game with 20 cards to flip, to match 10 animals and also a find me game with 12 animals. This is only available on iPad not iPhone! As I only realised when I went to download it to try it out, so Eileen’s children from ET Speaks from Home have kindly tested it out for me.
Extra Bonus: Make Time to Play
This app is not so much for the children, but it gives loads of play ideas for parents – so a handy one to have for those spare moments when you need a new idea! It contains over 365 ideas and is free.
If you have more any suggestions or app reviews, please add them to the comments section or the linky below!
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Jetpack Journeys is a new app from Inkology, aimed at inspiring children all about the wonders of space. Outer space is a topic I find fascinating myself and would love the boys to develop and interest in it and gain more knowledge about space. It’s something really worthwhile knowing, to understand our place in the solar system and to imagine all the possibilities of how vast our universe really is! There is a lot I could actually learn myself and of course being young the children can only start with the basics but to nurture curiosity is a great starting point. The creators of Jetpack Journeys are really passionate about developing accessible information for preschool children about Space, and I feel that passion comes through in the app that’s been created.
The Jetpack Journeys app is available through the App Store for iPad and iPhone for 69p. The graphics on the app are great and this is one of the apps real strength. In the app, you can fly your rocket around through space and the graphics in the background are amazing, you see the stars and meteors moving around you and it seems really realistic. The children can choose to collect stars (these ones are star shapes and not part of the background, so it’s obvious to the child what they are looking for) and can also choose to land on planets. Once you land on the planet, you can also explore there and collect rocket parts as well as stars. You get the option to build and design your own rocket, and the parts you choose will be the parts you collect. Nasa is no longer building spaceships – so Jetpack Journeys hopes to inspire the younger generation and maybe they can continue this work in the future!
I liked that the app teaches the planet names to the children and also helps them to recognise the distinctive look of each planet. The boys enjoyed the rocket builder, and the game is suitable for all ages as it is not competitive and you can simply roam around space exploring and picking up stars if you wish.
In addition to the app, there is also a Jetpack Journeys magazine, which we were sent to try out.
The magazine has a variety of activities, from spot the difference, to mazes and colouring. It also has comic stories with the Jetpack Journeys characters and some facts and information about space – in this issue it is about the Hubble Space Telescope, and The Moon. The information is explained in pretty simple terms, so for younger children you can read it to them and it should be fairly understandable. I would say the magazine is suitable for children all through primary school age, and may be a little tricky for under 4s.
The magazine is published on good quality glossy paper so it should last very well, so after reading it can be easily kept in the book shelf and returned to later on. We will be keeping ours to go back to again so the children can pick up more from it each time.
I have the chance to offer TEN of my readers the opportunity to win a bundle of an app code and a magazine! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:
For info on how to redeem your app code if you win, look here.
Have you heard of Parcelgenie? It’s a new gift messaging app available on the apple appstore, google play store or for windows phones. It enables you to chose and send real gifts to your friends in the post, very easily and conveniently.
I love the idea of Parcelgenie, making it easy to spread a little happiness to our loved ones, a thoughtful little gift in the post always makes you smile!
The Parcelgenie people let me try it out and I chose one gift for myself and one for my best friend (she is also starting up blogging over at mumtographer.blogspot.co.uk so why not pop over!)
I downloaded the app onto my iPhone and found it really easy to use. I browsed through the gifts and chose the fudgy cake balls for myself and some funky socks for my friend.
After sending the gifts, a text is sent to the recipient asking them to reply to Parcelgenie with their address and then shortly afterwards in the next couple of days, a lovely treat will drop through their letterbox!
It comes with six – I had eaten two! They are sooooo nice. I find some cakes can be disappointing or overrated at times but not these – they are amazing! Really delicious and so nicely packaged, it would definitely make a lovely surprise to be sent these as a little gift.
My friend was also really pleased with her socks and wore them straight away.
There is a fair amount of variety on Parcelgenie. I do feel if they put even more then it will be even better but at the moment you can choose from a wide variety of sweets and confectionery gifts, a selection of pampering gifts and other choices like birthday or new baby themed items including a very cute teddy and baby shoes, and some more novelty gifts.
Parcelgenie app is a great idea, really handy and definitely worth a look especially if you have friends and relatives a little further away spread around the country and would like to send something. It is handy that you don’t even need to know their full address. I know sometimes I can’t remember all my friends postcodes and everything especially with people moving around a lot these days! So Parcelgenie takes all that hassle out of sending. Could come in handy for little Eid gifts!
Parcelgenie have given me a code to share for any of my readers who place their first order on the app before mid September, to get 30% off, just use the code DJ45FM.
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