Earlier this week, we downloaded Toco Kitchen 2 via the iTunes store and my children loose on it. They instantly took to it and love that they are able to cook for their customers and also tease customers by adding a lot of peppers and chilli sauce.
Argos have launched an app for children called My Christmas Wishlist. The app is aimed at children aged between 3 to 7 years old and is available for iOS and Android devices. It is an app to allow young children to choose the toys they want for Christmas and send it to Santa (aka mummy or daddy’s inbox).
After downloading the app, parents should register their email address in order to get the wish list from their children. You can also adjust how many toys the children can choose within a certain price range. I didn’t set this and let my children add as many toys as they wanted. What a big mistake! I had to go back, adjust it and get them to reselect.
In this app, there are five little cute helpers: Mo, Squidge, Fly, Gil and Stik. Once you have selected the helpers, it will ask you to take a selfie and add your name. You can have one profile for each child. Once your photo is taken, you can simply create your own wish list. It is divided into a number of categories: LEGO, Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Minecraft, Furby, Bear, Bicycle and many more. They are the best of the best toys for Christmas 2014.
Children can click any picture they like to view it. It won’t show the price or the age range. Then they can add it into the basket and it will show at the bottom of the screen with your little helper. Once your children have completed the list, they can colour it in and put a numbered sticker to the items in order of priority or write a message to Santa. Once done, just a simple click and it will send it to the registered email address.
Both of my children enjoyed the virtual shopping for their favourite toys so much so that they created a few more fake profiles for themselves and to create different wish lists! They love the app! The music is fun. The app is fun. Everything is so Christmassy!
Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper are one of the more commonly used reading books in primary schools. Both my children are using them as their take back homework to read each night. The books start from level 1 to 6 and gradually increases in numbers of words and complexity by level. Some of the books are with phonics.
In addition to the books they read at school, we had also bought a full set of the books too. I find the books are very applicable and helpful for both of my children. We love the paperback books, but I welcome the use of a book app for whenever we go on holidays or outings. Less hassles with misplaced books and of course less weight to add to your luggage!
Myra’s Birthday Surprise is a FREE eBook that is available on iTunes and Amazon Appstore for Android to download. Today is a special day in Mooshka Village. It is Myra’s birthday, and her friends have planned to surprise her with presents, cakes and songs. But the magic of the Mooshka friendship has an even more adorable surprise in store for them all!
Boj is a new animation in Cbeebies with Jason Donovan voicing the ‘Pops’. Boj is a bilby with a unique perspective on things. He and his family burrowed to Giggly Park with Mimi and Pops and there’s always something to discover and problems to solve using his unique, upside-down, inside out, topsy-turvy way of seeing the world.
Currently they have two AppBooks on the iTunes AppStore. ‘Boj – The Collector’ and ‘Musical Mayhem’ were released to accompany the CBeebies show, ‘Boj!’ the books take an interactive lead on the first two episodes aired. The books are narrated by Jason Donovan.
Today, 26th June 2014, you can download Dr Panda’s brand new Hoopa City game at: Apple App Store, Google Play Store & Amazon App Store for Android for £1.99. I think this is very reasonably priced! This is another fun and educational game from Dr. Panda. This time, you learn to plan and build your own Hoopa city! This app is suitable for children aged 5 to 8.
When I first came to the UK, the first current bank account that I opened was with NatWest and I have stayed with them throughout. Being their customer for 10 years, I’ve had a lot of good experiences with them. I have no doubts I will stay with them for the foreseeable future. They might not have the best interest rate but their customer service and online banking are what continues to impress.
I still remember when I first used their telephone banking, it was so easy. When I went to Egypt, my debit card got stuck inside the cash machine and with one call, they swiftly cancelled the card. Later, I moved onto online banking and moving money in between my current account and other accounts is so easy. Checking my direct debits and creating standing orders are so easy too.
Now NatWest have introduced their mobile banking app which is easy to use, fast and secure, helping to manage money at a time and place that suits you.
Dr. Panda launched toy cars app! As I mentioned before, both my children enjoy all Dr. Panda apps as we have all their apps on the iPad like Beauty Salon, Hospital, Supermarket, Handyman, Daycare, Restaurant and Restaurant 2. I cannot speak highly enough of their apps. They give my children so much of fun! They are educational, creative and teach basic life skills to the children.
Last Friday, I went down to London to attend Maynards Discovery Patch event in London Zoo to learn about developing children’s imagination and met child psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer and the team of Imagination Ambassadors.
Thanks to Dr Gummer for sharing her top tips to promote an active imagination:
- Not always giving children the answers to everything they ask, instead, it is beneficial for children to try and think about their own answers, so parents should feel free to enable this to happen.
- Spark a child’s imagination with joint story time – the parent can start a story then it’s up to the child to continue it.
- Using imaginative language. Phrases such as ‘I wonder what’ or ‘imagine if’ can help children think more imaginatively and incorporate hypothetical or fantasy ideas into their everyday lives, helping them to imagine what it might feel like to be in a certain situation and empathise.
Rockford’s Rock Opera is about the story of a boy from Battersea called Moog and his Dog, Rockford who get drawn into an adventure in sound that threatens the entire human race. It was first launched in 2009 on the web as an enhanced audio book. Combining pictures, animation, songs and dialogue the story was unique in its format and delivery.
Throughout 2009 Rockford’s Rock Opera built a loyal fan base among children, families and schools (so much so that lesson plans were created around the story). Then, in 2012 the project’s creators, husband and wife team, Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple working with writer and comedian, Steve Punt, launched the story as Apple and Android story apps and, before long, with no promotion, the story became one of the world’s most downloaded children’s audiobook apps.
Jonty – The Dinosaur Who Could Not Go to Sleep is a bedtime storybook app for children learning to read. The story stars Jonty, a young dinosaur who has trouble getting to sleep when he goes to bed.
This is an ebook which allows children can interact with the story to help Jonty get a good nights sleep and enjoy the interactive adventures.
A few years ago, I came across the concept of “home automation” from a technology magazine. In it, it described the concept of having central control of many things around the home like all the lighting, heating and also having full control of the security system and your appliances, all while away from the home from either a smartphone, tablet or laptop.