Educational Apps for kids -KidloLand – App Review

This year alone I have attended 10 sessions on using ipads in the classroom and walked away with some great ideas and a few great lists of apps. I get asked often by parents and friends “what are some good apps for my child to use?” Trawling through the app stores can be a bit like falling down Alice’s rabbit hole.

With more schools using ipads in the classroom and technology being used more frequently by younger children, I like to encourage technology with a purpose. Technology should never take the place of hands on learning, it should complement it.
So when I was asked to review the Kidlo app recently and give 2 readers the chance to win their own 3 month subscription to the app, I happily accepted.
KidloLand is an education app targeting 1-5 year olds and is available to purchase on : IOS (KidloLand) ,Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore
When looking for a good app to use with children under 5 or with my special needs students I always like to ask myself the following questions, which I have also responded to about kidloland.

What learning goals will this help children achieve?
The Kidloland APP includes pre – maths skiĺls, sequencing, matching, phonics awareness, tracing, memory building and problem solving skills. Pre- reading skills and independent read skills are encouraged through stories that children can have read to them or read alone. If you have a child that loves to have stories read to them all day like I do then the stories can be great to use.

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Through the occupations & Creating & play occupations sections Children are given the opportunity to learn about how different people dress for work and tools they use. Miss moo was delighted to discover the mechanic in Occupations so she could see what Daddy wears and some of the tools he uses.

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Does it allow children to have another go at the task and is it easy for children to navigate?

Kidloland does not have levels that you need to pass before you can move on to another activity.
The left hand arrow or home button is always clearly visable to allow movement so that children can navigate out of the screen they are on limiting frustration. With spoken words throughout the app this helps nonreaders to understand what to do next.

Is it engaging ?
With 800+ Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Activities, Games for Kids there is always a new activity to move onto. At the end of completing an activity a character appears waving and wiggling and says ‘fantastic’ or ‘Great work’. Miss Moo really loves this and will put her hands on her hips and wiggle. The words are highlighted in the songs and although children can get out of the screen they are on before completing the task. I found that Miss Moo always wants to complete the activity she is on.

Once you have downloaded any song packs, children can use them offline on the device. The internet is only needed to subscribe and to download the songs.

If you are looking for one app that has a wide variety of activities then Kidloland is great.

The lovely people at Kidloland have given me 3 x three month subscriptions to give away!
Entry link is below.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Competition commences upon publication and ends 11:59pm {AEST} Sunday 13th November 2016. Entry is open worldwide. Three readers will win a 3 month subscription to Kidloland. Prize is not transferable. Prize will be distributed by Kidloland, Toddlers plus teens takes no responsibility for prize delivery. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Instagram or Facebook.

For reviewing purposes I was gifted a subscription to the KidloLand app. All opinions are my own and are never purchaseable )

Jules x

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