As with most things she has mastered, Lady P was an early adopter of the preschool app.
On each device in our house, she has her own folder of apps that she is allowed to use and navigates to them with ease. It still actually blows my mind how such a young brain can quickly do something some adults struggle to do.
When she was very small, I used to play with her with apps on my phone or iPad. She learned colours, numbers, words and songs. She’d be mesmerised, only losing interest when those blasted ads popped up and took her away from whatever she was looking at.
As she has grown up though, she has learned to ask for ‘games’ whenever she see my phone, meaning I try to keep it out the way as much as possible. You wouldn’t believe what a 2 year old can do to your phone battery in less than 10 minutes.
So nowadays, ‘games’ are usually limited to when I am trying to do something like get dressed or dry my hair. She sits on my bed and plays happily until I am finished.
That said, I was becoming a little tired of the same noises and tunes, so when KidloLand approached me to try out their app, I jumped at the chance.
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About KidloLand preschool app
KidloLand is aimed at children under 5 years old. I have to admit, we discovered the app a long time ago and so Lady P had already been using the free subscription since she was really little.
It’s crammed full of nursery rhymes, songs and games, including old favourites as well as activities to learn colours, numbers and even seasonal activities such as Halloween or Christmas tunes.
The great thing about KidloLand though is that the free version isn’t stuffed full of loads of adverts (that elicit a squeal when toddlers can’t bypass them). In the free version you get plenty of content to keep your little ones busy, perfect if you just need to nip in the shower or just finish dinner off.
When you download the free app you also get a free 7 day trial which gives access to the entire app for a week, so that you can check out whether you think it’s worth subscribing.
How we found it…
Now, when it comes to listening to nursery rhymes, Lady P has become a big fan of YouTube and those awful Mother Goose Club clips. Not only are they terribly annoying for the grown ups, but they are are also not interactive, so it’s no better than sitting her in front of the telly.
KidloLand apps however are all interactive. She plays along, enjoying dropping apples on Old MacDonald’s head, making pigs play the trumpet or popping balloons. True story!
The range of activities also means that there is enough fun to be had, but also a good dose of educational things in there too… And the kids have no idea…
Mwahaha (Evil Santa laugh)
Most importantly though, the fact that she is playing within the KidloLand environment makes me feel a lot more comfortable too when I’m not concentrating my full attention i.e. putting my make up on. There is a lot of stuff on YouTube I wouldn’t even know how to explain let alone want my little one to see.
Tried and tested review:
I personally liked the fact that she had a broad range of activities to choose from, and could pick and choose based on what level she is at at time. All too often do toddlers get bored and/or frustrated with apps that are limited, so they become a bit pointless when you are having to switch them between things.
I also liked the fact that the paid-for subscription is child-proofed, asking for the answer to a simple sum to continue. Although at times, that’s had me stumped through sleep deprivation!
My only real negative I have is that each activity needed to be downloaded in advance, and this took a little time. My tip is to do it when your little one is napping or pre-occupied, so that their impatient little mits don’t hit the cancel button when you’re at 98% downloaded… Grrrrr.
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At a glance:
- Price: Free for limited access. Subscription available at £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months.
- Materials: n/a
- Quality: high
- Gender: unisex
- Available on both iOS and Android – available on iTunes, Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore
- Recommendation: high
Please note, KidloLand provided the product free of charge but not in exchange for a positive endorsement. The opinions in this blog are based on my own experiences and in no way linked to those of KidloLand.