Apps

Toca Pet Doctor iconThere is always much excitement in our house when a new Toca Boca app is released, and at the end of Febuary Toca Pet Doctor (affiliate link) arrived on the scene. If you (or your child) has already played Toca Doctor they will find Toca Pet Doctor plays in a very similar way, although it feels somehow “newer” than the older game.

In Toca Pet Doctor your child is the vet helping out a series of different pets with a variety of predicaments. There’s Pickles the pigeon, who has a broken wing; Pop the spiky iguana, who’s eaten too many flies; Brie the hiccupping mouse, and Tofu the rabbit, who’s got himself into a bit of a scrape, to name but a few. Each animal has their own unique activity which your child must complete to restore them to health. But they are not finished when they’ve done that, for after the animal is feeling better it needs a healthy meal, and another mini game follows where your child feeds the animal.

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10 apps for pre-schoolers with UK english voicesI received an email last week asking me to recommend a few apps for pre-schoolers that used UK English accents, and I thought that would be a great thing to cover in a blog post. It can be hard to pick apps with a UK accent out amongst the large selection of great apps for pre-school kids that have American accents. So I’ve had a dig through my collection and rounded up 10 apps which would suit kids between the ages of 2 and 5 and which have UK voices. I’ve included apps for a wide range of abilities, as kids of this age are very variable in what they can do and what they are interested in doing on the iPad, but I’ve attempted to present them in ascending age order – i.e. starting with apps for the younger end of the age range and moving through to ones for more advanced kids.

Please note this list is biased in favour of iPad apps, because that’s what I know best, but I have included links to Android versions of the apps where they exist. I’m afraid I don’t know the Android app market well enough to recommend anything that’s not also on iPad.

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wonders of life iconI talk a lot about the educational benefits of the iPad to young kids, and I have seen my own children learn so much from it. However, when I’ve been asked to recommend educational apps for older kids I have up until now struggled to find anything. So when the makers of the Wonders of the Universe app asked me to take a look at their latest offering, the Wonders of Life, I jumped at the chance.

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CBeebies Playtime App logoLast summer I was invited to the CBeebies studios in Manchester where the geekdaughter and I had an early look at the CBeebies Playtime app before it was released. A couple of weeks ago I was granted early access to the latest update to the app, which adds one brand new mini game, and re-brands one of the others. This update was made available in the app store on 14th February, so if you’ve downloaded the app already you can update it and get this new content right now. And if you don’t have this app already, I can show you what you’re missing…

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App Review: Sago Mini Forest Flyer (iOS)

December 13, 2013

Have you heard of Sago Sago toys yet? If not, you’re about to! They are a Canadian app developer who specialise in making apps for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Oh, and they were recently bought by Toca Boca (who I may have mentioned here once or twice before…!). My first experience with Sago Sago was when […]

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App Review: Endless Reader (iOS)

December 7, 2013

The problem with the vast number of blogs, Facebook posts and tweets that I read about apps is that sometimes I forget where I heard about a particular app first, which is a shame as I always like to credit my sources. But in this case I simply can’t remember how I heard about Endless […]

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Two New Toca Boca Apps – Toca Mini and Toca Hair Salon Me #review

November 29, 2013

It’s a bold claim when a company emails you describing themselves as “The World’s Leading Digital Toy Developer”, but when that company is Swedish app developer Toca Boca, it’s completely justified. After all, this is a company that has recently celebrated 50 million worldwide downloads of its apps, all of which appear to be universally […]

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How to prevent your kids running up huge App Store bills on your iPhone or iPad

October 9, 2013

There are an increasing number of stories hitting the news where a child has run up a large bill on the App Store without their parents’ knowledge. A couple of weeks ago I read this story about 6 year old twins racking up a £1,000 bill. Scary stuff. I see a lot of parents not […]

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App Review – Write to Read

October 2, 2013

I was contacted a while ago and asked if I would like to review an educational app called Write to Read. This app has been developed in Denmark, and builds on research that has shown that it is easier to learn to write than it is to learn to read. The app focusses on teaching […]

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App Review: Toca Cars

September 18, 2013

I may have mentioned once or twice before that the geek family are huge fans of Toca Boca apps on iOS (and now slowly coming to Android as well). They are one of a small handful of kids app developers who I will happily buy anything they produce. Imagine our excitement when we heard that […]

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Dear kids app developers – remember the other 7%

August 31, 2013

In June Apple held a World Wide Developers Conference, or WWDC. A number of new products were announced at this conference, accompanied by loads of information about Apple’s current line up. One slide that particularly caught my attention was the one showing what percentage of Apple users were using the latest version of iOS – […]

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CBeebies Playtime App Launches (Review)

August 15, 2013

Yesterday the geekdaughter and I took a little trip to Media City in Manchester to visit the CBeebies offices. We’d had an intriguing invitation to see a “new product”, which we were told was under embargo. I had assumed it would be a new show of some kind, but no, when we got there we […]

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My Google Reader replacement is…

June 28, 2013

It’s now only a few days until Google shut down their RSS feed reader, imaginatively named “Google Reader” for good. If you’ve never heard of this product, then you won’t miss it at all. But if you’re like me and depend on Reader as a way of collating content from all the news sources and […]

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Toca Builders Review

June 20, 2013

There are very few app developers who I will buy anything they release without hesitation, and the Swedish company Toca Boca are top of my list. If you check out my app recommendations for pre-schoolers you will see I include anything by Toca Boca. Unquestioningly. They have produced a great range of high quality, well […]

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