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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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Sago Mini Forest Flyer Title ScreenHave 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 I heard about one of their apps called Forest Flyer. It sounded like something the geekson might enjoy, so I downloaded it and left it on his iPad for him to discover…

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Endless Reader splash screenThe 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 Reader (affiliate link). I somehow came across it about a week ago, and downloaded it onto the geekson’s iPad. Now I don’t try to encourage my kids to play with particular apps – I prefer to just sneak the apps onto their iPads and wait to see how long it takes for them to (a) spot them and (b) start playing. This does give me a problem when I’m trying to get them to review a specific app, but I think it gives me a better idea of what they really do and do not like.

It turns out that the geekson REALLY likes Endless Reader. I have never seen him so obsessed with an iPad app EVER! He absolutely loves it, so much that it had to be the next app for me to tell you all about…

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Just say no to in-app purchasesThere 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 knowing what they can do to prevent this, where in actual fact it’s really easy to add parental controls to your iOS device that will disable in-app purchases, which are the usual cause of these surprising bills. Kids just find it too tempting to keep buying virtual items for their latest favourite game, and have no concept of the money it is costing. So today I am bringing you my step by step guide to switching off in-app purchases on your iOS device and keeping your kids out of trouble…

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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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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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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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Five apps that encourage unplugged play

April 10, 2013

Kids love mobile technology don’t they? I don’t think I’ve ever met a child that didn’t want to get their hands on my iPad, and what’s more impressive is that these devices are so intuitive to use that kids get the hang of how to operate them really quickly. And that’s when the conflicts begin […]

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Google Reader Alternatives for iOS Users

March 15, 2013

On Wednesday Google announced on their official blog that they would be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st 2013. For those of you who have never heard of it Google Reader provides a way to read all your favourite content in one single place, and it’s frequently used by those of us who like […]

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Way of Life – the app that will help you keep your resolutions?

January 17, 2013

Well, we’re now half way through January. How are you getting on with your New Year resolutions? Still managing to stick to them? Given up already? I haven’t made resolutions this year, but I have set myself a few things to focus on. Now it’s all very well to say you’re focussing on something, but […]

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Five essential apps for mobile blogging

September 22, 2012

In the days before I owned a laptop computer, I used to take my big hefty desktop PC (along with huge CRT monitor) on holiday with me. Then I got a laptop, and marvelled at how much lighter and more portable it was, and how much more car space I had when going on holiday! […]

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5 Essential apps for a holiday in the UK

August 3, 2012

We’ve just reached the end of a lovely week and a half away in the UK. A couple of days in Slough to visit Legoland Windsor, followed by a week in a self catering property in Salisbury. Being a modern, connected and geeky family we travel with our iPhones, iPads and laptops, and have never […]

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My Desert Island Apps

July 20, 2012

Imagine the scene. You are alone on a desert island. Completely clear blue skies, not a cloud to be seen. It’s sunny, and the temperature is perfect – not too hot, not too cold. The only sound is the waves gently lapping at the edge of the sandy beach. You are finally able to grab […]

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Friday app round-up 30/03/2012 – tally tots, maths and pre-school classroom

March 30, 2012

I’ve been involved in a few discussions this week about whether it’s a good idea for young kids to have access to expensive electronic equipment like iPads. I don;t think it’ll come as a surprise to anyone to learn that I am very much in favour of kids having access to iPads, having seen first […]

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