When I was B’s age, I honestly can’t remember what I played with. It certainly wasn’t an iPad. I didn’t even get a mobile phone until I was in my 20’s! I’m showing my age now ey. There’s a lot of debate around the use of mobile devices for children and I can see the argument from both sides. As with most stuff, I believe everything in moderation is a good stance to take. And this goes for the iPad as well. I find that older generations tend to be of the opinion that any screen time is damaging and bad for B’s health – at least that’s been my experience :/ I actually think that if I don’t introduce B to things like tablets, computers and technology, he will simply get left behind. But it’s all about getting the balance right. Right?
When I was asked to review the KidloLand app, I jumped at the chance. Hubby and I have been a big fan of apps for kids, so we were excited to try something new. The concept of apps for kids certainly isn’t new and there are loads of fab ones out there, it’s just finding apps that get the right balance between educational and fun! From what I’ve seen so far, I like the KidloLand app and it would be an understatement to say b just “likes” it haha.
The app is easy to download and easy to access. One gripe would be that a lot of the content then needs to be downloaded inside of the app. You can manage this all in one place and download the lot but we just moved house and now have snail slow broadband. It took me a good day to download all the games and activities without interrupting our evening Netflix streaming 😉 And it took even longer to upload our video review – yikes!
First impressions from little B were very good! He absolutely loves the nursery rhymes and interactive scenes. I quite like pressing each character and item to see what happens next too. Sad I know haha. To see what I mean, check out our video review here.
This fire engine game went down very well. You can see little b trying to extinguish a fire here:
The app is aimed at 0-5 year olds and with B being 3, he can pretty much do most of the activities and games himself. The dot-to-dots caused a bit of frustration but nothing mummy couldn’t help with. When b was 0-2, we used a number of free apps which, in my opinion, were plenty enough for a baby. I can’t say I’d pay for the full subscription for a child younger than 2 or so. The nursery rhymes are great for little ones but the app comes with a few well known ones for free.
It is also obvious that the app uses American English. It doesn’t overly bother me but after hearing “Mary Mary” on repeat for a good ten minutes while getting dressed the other morning, I was all about to the sling the iPad out of the window haha! If you want to take a peek at the KidloLand app, you can do so using the following links 🙂
Disclaimer – I was given a limited, free subscription for the purpose of this review and video. All thoughts and opinions are my own though.