Kidloland App Review and Giveaway
Being a singer and singing teacher by trade, naturally our little boy has been immersed in music since he was in utero! Whether he liked it or not, Mummy’s singing was his default radio station for nine months. Once he made his
escape appearance, a week earlier than he was due, to my relief, he very quickly began to respond positively to music and singing (including mine!) So much so that by the time he turned one he was echoing short, simple melodies, and now at 22 months he boldly and (thankfully) tunefully sings parts of songs and theme tunes. But this is not an exaltation of my son’s vocal ability. The point being, was that when Kidloland kindly asked me to review their app, I jumped at the chance! It was something that I knew Ernie (and myself) would both get enjoyment from.
Ernie has recently become more interested in programmes on the television or tablet and can actually sit and concentrate for longer periods of time now too. Don’t get me wrong, we do a lot of activities together and we read a dozen books a day, but for me, there is still a time and a place for short spells with the tablet (like when I am trying to have a shower in the morning without him trying to empty half of his toy box into the shower with me!) So the Kidloland app is the ideal combination of the visual and musical. He was captivated immediately! The only mistake I made was to download the app onto my phone rather than my tablet as it was then a battle to retrieve it!
The app is more than just a set of songs, it has over 260 rhymes and educational songs and over 100 games and activities. It is easy to download, and the menu is clear and accessible with bright, vibrant colours to captivate the child:
It states an age-range of 0 – 5 and I would say this is accurate. For newborns, the music alone provides the aural sensory stimulus. As they become more aware, the bright colours of the animations will capture their attention. For my son’s age, the added bonus is the interactive nature of the songs – as he is listening he can tap the pictures on the screen to make them move and create a sound. For example, he loves the fire engine song (within the VEHICLES section):
If you press the engine the siren sounds and it drives away! Tap the fireman and the hose shoots water onto the burning fire. Tap the fox in the window and he claps his hands to attract attention. All these additional details ensure that it is not only fun for the children but educational too (hence guilt-free screen time for Mummies and Daddies!) In addition, for older children and parents, the lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen so they can sing along.
As well as all the songs, there are activities, which will again, suit the slightly older toddler/child. Ernie is starting to grasp the concept of some of them but this will increase with time. For example, this is a complete the puzzle activity:
Another nice touch is that each time you go into one of the sections, it presents a different selection of activities rather than repeating the same set each time.
Another useful feature is being able to download each individual section at a time, so if you don’t require them all immediately you can save storage space on your device. And the download time is very quick. Although obviously not quick enough for an enthusiastic toddler as Ernie kept demanding ‘more, more!’ each time I paused to download a new section!
Kidloland have created a fun, educational, interactive, and stimulating app for babies through to school starters and I would certainly recommend it. And seeing how hooked Ernie has become within such a short space of time, I think it provides excellent value for money too.