It’s that time of year again when travel is a hot topic, often striking fear into the hearts of those of us with young children at the mere thought of braving a journey more than ten minutes long! It can be hard to keep children amused during a long trip and there is definitely a limit to how many rounds of I-spy you can play, so like many parents I often use a selection of carefully chosen apps on my phone to help wile away the time once my repertoire of games and songs has been exhausted!
I recently discovered the Toddler Fun Learning App which was created by YouTuber Chris from How To Be A Dad and his wife Amalie. Having struggled to find appropriate learning content online for their own children they began producing their own educational videos for YouTube, created especially for toddlers which to date have received 430 million views worldwide.
Following on from their YouTube success they’ve recently launched a brand-new app ideal for use on the go thanks to its downloadable content that can be viewed without the need for a WiFi signal. With a whole host of fun, educational videos and a specially created line up of characters that have been designed by parents and teachers there’s certainly plenty to keep little ones happy. Plus, there’s no opportunity to get bored as new content is added weekly with the exclusive first play of all new videos for those subscribed to the app.
The videos are all ad-free and filled with safe, educational content to help kids learn whilst having fun. The videos are well arranged into categories with everything from traditional nursery rhymes to original songs, cosmic kids’ yoga and mini makes to help give some creative ideas to design at home. There’s so much variety all perfect to help educate using beautifully produced animation that’s bright, colourful and engaging often alongside a catchy song or two!
Leo is a little older than the target market for this app, but absolutely loved it nonetheless and I’m positive older children would be equally impressed. His favourite videos have to be Gecko’s Real Vehicles where loveable character Gecko takes us along to find out about different vehicles including a fire engine, lifeboat and roller coaster. Using real footage of the vehicle being discussed behind the animation it gives inquisitive kids a great insight and Leo adores them.
As a parent I like that all content is made using an English voice as I find that often children’s apps have American accents and content which isn’t always great especially when it comes to educational content due to differences in pronunciation. Another fantastic feature is the ability to set a timer for usage, anything from 5-60 minutes, which allows you to keep a handle on the kid’s screen time. There is also the option for the goodbye song to play at the end of their allotted time which is a really sweet video filled with their favourite characters which explains it’s time to go but that they can come back and see them again soon – hopefully avoiding that often tricky moment when it’s time to switch off! I feel it’s competitively priced and in my opinion fantastic value when you consider the range of original content included plus the fact that the app is regularly updated with new videos to keep it fresh.
We really like this app and it will certainly be one that we will be utilising both at home and also on our forthcoming Summer holiday to stave off the boredom of car travel! If you’d like to try the app for yourself check out their website and sign up for your FREE 7-DAY TRIAL (£2.99/month after trial)