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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!

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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:

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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):

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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:

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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.

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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.

You can download Kidloland from Google Play, iOS, and Amazon appstore, or directly from their website, twitter or Facebook.

If you like the sound of the Kidloland app, why don’t you enter my competition below to win one of five three-month subscriptions!

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Disclosure: I received a free one-year subscription to Kidloland in exchange for an honest review. All opinons are my own.
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22 Comments

  1. the frenchie mummy

    July 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    It looks really good. I am a terrible singer and don’t know any English nursery rhymes. Well, my French repertoire is pretty rubbish too lol. So I will consider getting this app. BTW. your little one has the same socks than Baba 😂 Sorry silly comment but I love it hahaha #momsterlink

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 15, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Ah, I am sure you’re not! Ooh it might be a good app for you to learn some then! 🙂 Haha! I love Primark for baby clothes! Love the grippy bits on the bottoms of the socks! 🙂

  2. Laura - dear bear and beany

    July 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I think that a good balance is important and when an app is educational and they can learn through play whilst you are getting a shower that can only be a win win for me! Our children are a new generation and I think that we have to embrace that in the right way. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x
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    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 16, 2016 at 5:30 am

      That’s so true Laura. We can’t live in denial of the age we are living in yet we have to strike a balance. Thank you for hosting and commenting. It’s such a great linky x

  3. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    July 16, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I have to admit that we haven’t tried any apps yet for Max but we really should get around to it now! I think it’s the kind of thing he’d absolutely love, he’s a real puzzler. And my feeling is that an app is better than TV as it’s more interactive. This sounds great and pitched at the right kind of level for my little boy! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 16, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Oh hopefully he will like this one Katy. That’s why I shared this post this week – it is not something we had done before either but actually, Ernie loves it! So hopefully some other Mummies will enjoy it too. It’s nice if they are going to have screen time, to think they might be learning something too. Although I know a lot of the TV programmes now are quite educational too now. I Max enjoys it if he tries it. Thank you so much again for hosting. It’s a super linky!

  4. Veronica Lee

    July 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like a great app. I can imagine how fun and captivating it must be for kiddos.

    #KCACOLS

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Veronica! Hope you enjoy it if you try it out!

  5. Geraldine

    July 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    We’ve reviewed this app too and I think it’s fantastic! I really was pleasantly surprised by how much content is in it. Our little one loves it! Gets her off kids youtube hah! #KCACOLS

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 20, 2016 at 11:25 am

      I am pleased you have been enjoying it too! Haha! Definitely!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  6. Trista, Domesticated Momster

    July 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love educational apps for kids. I have had ABCmouse for years now but it has lost it’s luster with my kids now that they have discovered other apps like Minecraft *shrugs shoulders* My 6 year old loves to learn and is above his curriculum so I don’t get on him much about playing what he wants. Maybe I will try this app for my 4 year old. Thanks for linking with #momsterslink and hope to see you tomorrow!
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    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 21, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Thanks for reading Trista. That’s great that your son is above his curriculum age! I hope the school are good at stretching him too. I hope your little one enjoys the app if you try it. Will link up later today 🙂 X

  7. Kat

    July 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I think my daughter is a bit old for this but it’s great that they’re doing apps like this for kids I think! My daughter has a leap pad which has really helped her confidence with computers, numbers, letters and reading. I love that apps and games can be made educational. Thanks so much for sharing at #KCACOLS please do come back next time!

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 22, 2016 at 6:11 am

      The apps these days are fantastic aren’t they?! And it is the way of the world now! All in balance of course. Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  8. Emma (awetismblog)

    July 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    We have the free version of this app but the full version sounds great! #KCACOLS

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Oh fab! Thank you for commenting! 🙂

  9. The Unsung Mum

    July 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This app looks amazing. My kids are only one and three but are obsessed with my phone! I can’t even put it down now! They love apps so I’m def going to have to check this out! Great review. #KCACOLS

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 22, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Oh I hope they enjoy it!! Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    July 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    This sounds fab! My son learnt so much from watching videos on youtube and playing games on my phone when he was a toddler. I think there’s a lot of educational value in these things! x #KCACOLS
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    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 24, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Thank you Madeline. It is a good app. Glad your son found apps useful too. Thank you for commenting x

  11. Bread

    July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Sounds like a great app – pretty complete too. My wife sings, though her range is a little off being pregnant. #kcacols

    1. beccaweatherall@gmail.com

      July 24, 2016 at 5:50 am

      It is! Haha! I am sure she will love you for that – I am sure she sings beautifully! Good luck with the immanent arrival 🙂

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