When I was asked to write a review of the KidloLand toddler app I was slightly hesitant to begin with. I wondered if my two year old would be able to navigate her way around an app, and questioned whether I should be encouraging screen time.
Screen time for children is a contentious issue but advancements in technology mean computers, tablets and mobile phones are now part of ours, and our children’s, everyday lives. Whether we like it or not!
We could argue all day about whether screen time is beneficial or detrimental to a child’s development. I think there can be no denying that when used in moderation there are some benefits. For example, painting apps offer children the chance to use their creativity; other apps have educational benefits.
This leads me to the review. As the KidloLand app is an educational app I was eager to see what it offered. I set the app up on my tablet and sat down to try it out with my two year old daughter Molly, and my three year old niece, Jess.
So what is KidloLand?
KidloLand is an award winning, fun, interactive and educational app designed specifically for children aged 0 to 5. You can download a free version of the app or you can subscribe for £3.99 per month.
The app has eye catching graphics, pleasant music, and vibrant colours. Molly and Jess were enthralled from the moment we opened the app.
The app has so much to offer and is packed full of content. Some of the themes available include ABC’s, phonics, colours, numbers, letters and shapes. As well as vehicles, animals, fruits, vegetables, months and days of the week. There are lots of games and activities on the app, as well as nursery rhymes, story books, lullabies and more.
There are over 90 classic nursery rhymes and educational songs which are interactive meaning even the really young children can engage with the app. Encourage your child to press the screen to see the pictures come to life. Molly loved this feature.
There are over 100 games and educational activities which can help build cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination. Children have the option of reading the story books by themselves or having the stories read to them. I think this is a great feature for children developing their literacy skills. There is also a song playlist feature which offers children uninterrupted listening of their favourite songs.
Even though there are only a few months age difference between Jess and Molly, I noticed a difference when it came to their understanding and navigating their way around the app. Jess loves the games and activities and plays them with ease, requiring only a minimal supervision. I have to sit with Molly and explain what to do in each activity. Once I explain she understands, but has trouble moving/dragging things over the screen. I suspect younger users of the app may also have this problem. Molly enjoys the games but at the moment she prefers singing along with the nursery rhymes, tapping the screen to watch the images come to life, and listening to the stories.
There are no advertisements or in app purchases with your KidloLand subscription. You download the content to your device meaning it can be used on the go, and without the need of an internet connection. A parental security feature of the app is that the ‘grown-ups’ are asked a simple math question so the children can’t access the settings – giving parents some peace of mind.
So what’s the verdict?
I only have two (very small) issues with the KidloLand app. The first issue is that because the content is downloaded it takes up a lot of space on your phone/tablet. This is obviously good for entertaining on the go, not so much for your phone memory though! The second issue is that there are a lot of Christmas games and activities on the app. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas – just not so much in April. Especially when it means I have to keep explaining to the two and three year old that Santa won’t be coming for a really long time yet!
The app is child friendly and easy to use, especially for the older children. Some of the games and activities may be too difficult for younger children, but as the songs are interactive the younger children can still engage with the app.
I actually love the KidloLand app. Not only is it fun and interactive, but the fact that it offers an educational value is very appealing to me. It is a big thumbs up from me and the kids.
You don’t have to just take our word for it either as KidloLand is recommended by over 350 parent bloggers!
KidloLand offer a free 7 day trial so you can see if you like it before subscribing. I would recommend paying for the subscription version though because of the fun, variety of content and educational value on offer.
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Disclaimer: I was kindly given a 6 month subscription to the Kidloland app in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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