I think it’s safe to say that my children are growing up in a completely world to one I grew up in. My childhood consisted of ‘curby’, ‘bulldog’ and ’44 in’ and the smallest gadget we had was probably a Playstation 1. Barely anything was portable back then, even our telephone had a curly cord.
However, my boys have been born into a world of convenience; iPhones, iPads, Androids and super amazing hand held consoles. This, in no way, means they won’t have the childhood I crave for them, it just means they’ll have a different one to me – an amazing one.
I’m all for technology and what it can do for us and so why not use it to our advantage when we can? Educational apps are something I’ve been dying to get Toby into. He’s a very hands on learner, always wanting to do something before you’ve even shown him how to do it and an iPad is one of the best pieces of educational technology we can offer him for that right now. There’s always the fear that your kids will spend way too much time on it, but as I said in a previous post, it’s much like eating junk; eat what you want, but eat in moderation. Limiting screen time is something we’re doing more and more – whether that’s TV screen time or iPad time.
When KidloLand got in touch to see if I wanted to review their educational app I was a bit hesitant at first. All the apps I’d downloaded for Toby previously, he’d lost interest in pretty quickly because they were way too advanced, or all the good bits were in-app purchases, even though you’d already spent a fair whack on the original download. However, after researching them a bit more and thinking that they didn’t look too bad, I went ahead and said yes!
KidloLand is an app available on android or iOS, and is aimed at kids up to the age of five. It costs £29.99 for a year’s subscription or you can choose to pay a monthly fee if you think you might like to trial it first. Everything in the app is included in the subscription. Yes you have to download all the additional content once you’re in the app, but it means you can pick and choose a few things at a time if you like, rather than having to download everything at once.
Once I’d downloaded the app I decided to lay down on the floor with Toby and open the app up so it was new to both of us. Jamie and Teddy soon joined us to see what all the fuss was about! I love getting down on the floor with Toby, I think it’s so nice to be on the same level as him and I get so much more eye contact from him.
KidloLand absolutely exceeded everything I had expected from the app within the first ten minutes. It was so different to all the other apps that I had previously downloaded for Toby. The sheer amount of content on there is amazing – everything from nursery rhymes to numbers and letters, animals and transport.
Toby loved that you could interact with little features within the game/nursery rhyme. He quickly figured out that he could make them do things over and over again and would sit there pressing it. An example of this is when he’s on trains and he makes the train leave the screen and then come back again, he thinks that that is really clever and every time it leaves the screen he says “ohhh, gone”.
One downside, if there is one, is that the songs play over and over again. I’m all for the repetition to but I have said to Toby on several occasions he’ll “have to find a new game in a minute”. I’m willing to let it slide quite a lot though because I know he’s enjoying it and actually getting something from it, rather than just playing on it for the sake of it. It’s a great distraction if I want to get some tea prepped, or I want to go upstairs and get dressed really quickly.
The only other thing is that Toby and Teddy have been “fighting” over it a little. Teddy obviously doesn’t really get what it is at the moment but that hasn’t stopped him trying to interfere when Toby’s playing on it. He’s even crept up and kept putting his toe on the “back” button before Toby shouted no. This usually leads to a little poking and smacking match as you can see;
So, is it worth downloading and subscribing to? Yes, without a doubt. This is a superior app, the app of all educational apps and I wouldn’t hesitate to subscribe for another year – and will when it runs out next year so that Ted can use it, and so Toby can continue to use it when he starts school, eek! If you’d like to give the KidloLand app a go it’s available to download from the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore or I have the chance for 5 lucky people to win a 3 month subscription!
Terms and Conditions
- This competition will open on 14th July and will close on 29th July 2016 at 11.59pm
- Five winners will be selected at random
- Five winners will each receive a 3 month subscription to the KidloLand App
- UK entrants only
- No cash alternative will be offered
- The winners will be announced on Raising the Rings social media outlets, not the blog
- The winners will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email
*I received a year’s subscription to KidloLand in return for this post. All views and opinions are honest and my own.