Making Learning Fun: Kidloland App Review

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I have written about technology and Little Man before – about how I am one of those mums that eventually easily gives in to the television/ phone/ kindle/ i-pad to keep my energetic son entertained. While I would like to believe otherwise, electronics are the best babysitters, especially for a Stay-At-Home-Mum who needs some downtime herself! I'm not saying I don't feel guilty about it, and often wonder if I am allowing far too much screen-time (I know I am). But I feel a tad better when I know he is watching something from which he can expand his horizons and learn.

So when I was approached by Kidloland to review their app for toddlers and preschoolers, I accepted with a resounding YES! Because I had heard so much about this app from fellow mothers and something like this would be perfect for my preschooler – it can't get better than edutainment at that age!

After using the app for over two weeks, I can affirm that it is indeed awesome. Little Man agrees. So it's a win-win situation here – he is still getting the upper hand (or so he feels) and being allowed screen-time, and I am thrilled that he is learning to add, write and develop his cognitive abilities while doing so.

The app contains loads of stuff including educational games and activities, interactive stories, nursery rhymes, numbers, letters and more. In this review I will be focussing on the bits that are for a preschooler, since Little Man is four. But the app is for ages 0-5 so it is also a great introduction to screens for your little one.

For the 0-3 years age bracket, there are nursery rhymes and a wonderful playlist with songs on colours, shapes, vegetables, animal sounds, numbers, months of the year, Christmas carols and more.

The Homepage

The homepage of the app introduces you to all the topics at a glance. From learning the ABC to flash cards to phonics to interactive games and activities, there is enough to keep your pre-schooler both entertained and learning.

 

The Homepage is easy to manoeuvre, categorising everything in a simple, clear format

ABC, Writing and Phonics

Little Man loves the Learn to Trace game – as do I. Getting him to sit still and practice his ABCs is a task, but he has no qualms about tracing the alphabets here. In fact, he even asks me to put on the "ABCD game" as he refers to it! Agree, it's not the same as holding a pencil, but it helps reinforce the shapes of letters – the first step to writing. And, it's in upper and lower case.

 

 

There is an entire section on phonics too – with a separate song for each alphabet.

 

Each alphabet has it's own content

 Besides the basics of teaching phonics, there are also phonics-related games emphasising the letter and the sound. So the child has to put the grapes in the basket; the goat has to eat the grass, and the gorilla has to get to the bananas. The child is thus introduced to a number of words with g and its relating sound

 

Numbers and Counting

The app has a lot of stuff to teach numbers and simple Math. Besides tracing numbers, there is the Chomping Math game that teaches numbers and counting in innovative, fun ways such as feeding x amount of apples to the monster, colouring in the said number, tapping certain numbers and so forth.

 

 

What I especially love is that the app also introduces little minds to the basics of math –

How many more will you need to balance the see-saw?

 

 

Find the missing steps

 

 

Make a sandwich with
2 slices of cheese
3 onions
4 lettuce leaves


Games

What I like is that all the games have an educational element to them, and aren't just mindless like video games. The games are also categorised according to Colours and Shapes, Vehicles, Fruits and Vegetables, Animals, Music, Math and Alphabets and include flash cards, puzzles and join-the-dots. These are perfect to keep them entertained during long journeys or a boring wait at the dentist!

 

Create and Play

These are interactive activities that help develop cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination. Little minds can choose from a host of occupations, sports and places around us such as an airport, a bank or a bookstore.

Story Games

These are another favourite with my son. The app tells a story, while involving you in carrying it forward. Brilliant – keeps them occupied and engaged.

Other aspects of the app that I like are:

a) All the songs in the games and videos are to the tune of familiar nursery rhymes, making it easier to learn and sing along.

b) Teaching through songs is a great way to make things stick in a toddler/ preschooler's head. The app has loads of original educational songs for teaching Days of the Week, Months of the Year, the Universe and much more.

c) The animations and characters are of a superior quality and the app as a whole is extremely interactive. It really does pull you in…

d) Easy to use and relatively child-friendly – the backwards and forwards arrows allow those little fingers to manoeuvre the app on their own.

All in all, I am extremely pleased with this app and now breathe a sigh of relief when it's 'screen-time' for Little Man – because I know he's learning so much and enjoying it too!

The app can be downloaded on iOS: KidloLand: Kids Nursery Rhymes, Google Play Store: Nursery Rhymes, Kids Games, ABC Phonics, Preschool and from the Amazon Appstore: Kids Learning Games, Nursery Rhymes – KidloLand

Disclosure: I was given a free subscription to the Kidloland app in exchange for this review; all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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34 Responses

  1. Karrie Frost

    Thank you for the thorough review. I was looking for a new app to download for our long flight to see the inlaws over the holidays. I love apps where my little guy has fun and doesn't necessarily realize that he is learning too!

    This looks like a lot of fun, that will keep him entertained for a long time. Just what I was looking for.

    • Nicole

      Yes, there is plenty of learning through this app; most of it disguised as games. It is interactive, entertaining and varied. Great for a long flight.

  2. Brandi

    Wow, sounds like a great source of entertainment and educational fun. Going to see if they have any age appropriate apps for my children. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kermilia

    How cool is this! My son is 17 months old and is already very into electronics. This would be GREAT for him. I love that it's educational too!

    • Nicole

      Yes, today's generation start young so might as well make their screen time educational as well!

  4. Tasheena

    How fun! This sounds like a productive way for kids to spend tablet time. I like that there is a lot of learning through music and that it covers a variety of topics for each age group!

    • Nicole

      True. There is a lot of learning through this app, on various topics and in various ways. But it's all fun and games to the littles.

  5. Rhyming with Wine

    I'm fully behind anything that makes learning fun and my two love these kind of interactive learning games. I think it's great to have the peace of mind to know that they are having fun in a safe online environment. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    • Nicole

      Takes a little of the momguilt away too, when you know they've exceeded their screen time;)

  6. Heather Keet

    I think the zero screen time policy should be updated. It's just not realistic to think a parent can never need a single moment to themselves in the day. I do love an educational app and this one looks fabulous. I'll be recommending it for my nieces when their poor mother needs to take a shower. Or just have a single moment to breathe and have a cup of coffee. #DreamTeam

    • Nicole

      I don't think I'd make it through the day if there was a zero screen time policy!!! But this does lessen the guilt as I know my son is atleast learning something:)

  7. Kirsty

    This app is great for kids. I’m a huge fan of the phonics as the schools place so much emphasis on that. I too give in very easily when it comes to the kids and tech, so if what they play can be educational then thats a win for me. Thank you for joining us at #ThursdayTeam lovely x x x

    • Nicole

      Yes Kirsty, the phonics are fab here! Always a win if they're learning:)

  8. Alice | Letters to my Daughter

    Sounds like a fab app – my daughter loves playing games on my phone or tablet so am always looking out for new games to keep her amused. I'd rather she played games than just mindlessly watched TV! Thanks for sharing #BlogCrush

    • Nicole

      Agree, at least this way they are learning while being on the phone / tablet.

  9. Jenni

    I love kidloland we used to have a subscription and my daughter loved playing on it, I miss having the sub! #BlogCrush

  10. Talya

    This looks like such a great app with lots of fun and educational elements – a fab one for preschoolers! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

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