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Product Review: Wantu App

Product Review: Wantu App

As you know, I’m always, always on the look out for great products that are pitched at families dealing with young kids. In my house right now, Ella is the Queen of art and craft. She is forever searching for activities to do that are creative and involve her imagination. Even though I am a Primary Teacher, I find it hard to find just the right activities to keep her happy and engaged. Sometimes they involve me, and some times they don’t. So when I came across Wantu, I was hooked. Much like we all struggle to think of what to cook each night, we also struggle to think of activities for our children. There are so many apps that help us to find great recipes that are quick and healthy for our families. Wantu is a mobile app designed to help parents find customised ideas for fun and interactive activities to do together with their 2 to 7 year olds. Whether you have just 15 or 30 minutes to spare, they’ve got your back!

Wantu is currently in free-beta, which means you can be the first to check it out, give feedback and be a part of their process to launch a more awesome app to keep helping parents find fun, learning centric activities to do with their kids.

For busy parents, this app is a must have that not only helps our brains, but also helps us spend quality time with our kids.

The idea is simple:

  1. you create a profile for each of your children,
  2. select whether you want a quick activity, or one that lasts a little longer
  3. select whether it is an indoor our outdoor activity
  4. select a few possibilities from a generated list, to help the app understand your child’s interests
  5. BAM! Do the activity!

Today, Ella and I created snowflakes from a simple piece of paper…

 

You can add each child as a profile to the app!
The Wantu app selected ‘Snowwflakes as our activity’
Step by step instructions…
Having fun together!!

With the school holidays coming up, you are sure to want something simple and fun to turn to, to help keep your little ones happy!

Download the app here and enjoy the endless fun. Best of all…its FREE!!! To find out more…check out the video below!

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Friday Find: Endless Alphabet App

Friday Find: Endless Alphabet App

I haven’t shared an App in a while, and this week, I thought I’d share a great one for toddlers. The Endless ABC App is a fantastic, interactive and visually captivating app that helps to develop letter recognition and fine motor skills. With over 50 words to play with, children drag various letters to create words. Gorgeous animations wriggle and dance as they make letter sounds and describe the meaning of the words.

It was the 2013 iTunes App store runner up, and the Editors choice. There are no ‘scores’ and kids can work at their own pace. Kids can simply have fun with letters and words.

The app is a little pricey at $7.49 but I can honestly say that it is well worth it. Available both on your iPad and iPhone, it can travel with you everywhere!

Here are some shots of Ella having fun and enjoying playing with letters and sounds…

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Ella at work…or play?

If you need some more convincing, here is their youtube clip that shows all of the Apps great features!

Made by Originator Kids, it’s available for purchase through iTunes here. You can also check them out on Twitter here.

Have fun!!

kate

Friday Finds: Blow out your candles!

Friday Finds: Blow out your candles!

Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 2.32.09 PMI wish I had found this App before Ella’s Birthday party! It is a simple yet, very practical idea to help your little ones learn how to blow out candles without having to waste dozens of matches!! This simple Friday Find is a free App that I personally would be willing to spend money on! With the ability for little ones to blow out candles by blowing into the microphone, they will be blowing out their own real candles in no time!

There are lots of similar Apps available, but Toddler Happy Birthday is a great one!

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To download this App click here. Happy Birthday little ones!

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Friday Finds: Laugh & Learn with Fisher Price

Friday Finds: Laugh & Learn with Fisher Price

Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 9.36.31 AMBetter late than never, once again my Friday Find is a little late. This week I posted a photo of Ella playing with our iPad and I received a number of requests asking about the App that she was using. Fisher Price have a number of fantastic ‘Laugh & Learn’ Apps that focus on the simple skill of understanding Cause and Effect. Understanding that touching the screen can cause shapes, animals and colour to move and make noise provides children with a sense of awe and wonder. Ella loves these range of Apps because they are filled with colour, animation and familiar sounds. Most of their Apps are free and also can be paired with a range of great tools including the Apptivity Monkey and Apptivity cases for iPhone and iPad.

The following Apps are Ella’s favourite….

FP_ShapesHD_Icon512_tcm169-22414Shapes & Colours Music Show – Babies touch the variety of coloured shapes, each singing and dancing with their own personality

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Animal Sounds for Baby – Babies learn about different animals and the sounds they make

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Where’s Puppy’s Nose – Learn about the parts of the body by following the cute Puppy!

I hope that your babies enjoy these Apps as much as Ella does!

kate

*Images are sourced from www.fisherprice.com

Friday Finds: Baby Monitor App

Friday Finds: Baby Monitor App

I’ve never bought a baby monitor, mainly because we have a small house and I can hear Ella from any room. However, when we go away to or holiday house, we often want to hang out outside, whether it be with friends or relaxing in the spa. I’m always paranoid that Ella will wake up from her sleep, and cry without us knowing. I didn’t want to go out and buy a monitor just for the holiday house, so I looked through iTunes to see if anyone had created a Baby Monitor App that could solve our problem! Needless to say, there were dozens of possibilities, however u reading the reviews, I decided to give the ‘Baby Monitor and Alarm’ by Tappy Taps a try.


This app is fantastic. At $2.99 it is a wonderful alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on larger baby alarms that do the same thing. The premise behind this app is that it uses the phone as the monitor. You set the app to react to a certain noise level. When your baby cries or makes noise at this level, you can either set it to play music, play a recorded message (ie. a familiar voice) or ring another phone. We set the app to ring my husband’s phone, and took it outside with us. If the phone rings, you then hear your baby through the phone that is left in her room.

Obviously, this means that you cannot use your own phone during this time, however if you need to call someone or use the internet, I figure I can use another phone, iPad or computer.

I like this app because it is a great alternative to the expensive versions that are in shops. Sure there are limitations, however it is portable and easy to use. That has to be great for busy Mums and Dads who want some time to relax…or do the washing….or cooking…or cleaning….

To view this app and explore it’s features visit iTunes here.

 

 

 

 

*Images are sourced from the iTunes store link above.

 

Friday Finds: Peek-a-boo App

Friday Finds: Peek-a-boo App

This week’s Friday Find comes courtesy of my dear friend Amy. A Mother of two, she shares my obsession with all things Mac! Amy and I were sharing our selection of our favourite apps recently, when she suggested a simple yet engaging app called Pee-a-boo Baby Rattle. At nearly seven months old, Ella is learning to understand that people and objects continue to exist, even if you don’t see them! Games like peek-a-boo are a daily favourite in our household at the moment, as Ella squeals with delight when we poke our heads around a corner or up from behind a couch.  It’s so funny how you can now see the look of expectation on Ella’s face as she now knows what’s about to happen. Little brains are just amazing as they learn.

The Peek-a-boo App allows babies to play this familiar game on their own. Once babies and toddlers either press the smiley face or shake they phone, an animal appears making their corresponding real sound. A variety of favourite animals include a:

  • Dog
  • Bird
  • Cat
  • Pig
  • Parrot
  • Duck
  • Frog
  • Chicken
  • Cockerel
  • Mouse

There are soooo many apps out there for kids, it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth it. This app costs 99c. Ella already seems to love the colours and sounds. I’m sure that it will come in handy when she grows a little older and shows her alter ego in the most convenient places. Apps like these can be a parents best friend, as well as a great learning tool for little ones. In my book, if it’s recommended by a friend (especially this one), then it needs to be in my baby tool kit!

Hope you and your kids have fun with Peek-a-boo too. If you have any other App recommendations, I would love to hear from you! You can find Peek-a-boo Baby Rattle on the App Store here.

* Images are linked to their original source

Apptastic Parenting 2.0

Apptastic Parenting 2.0

In one of my earlier blogs, I talked about some of the fantastic apps that have really helped with the daily tasks of being a new Mum. Many people have talked about how these apps have helped them too, and I thought that I would continue to share any apps that I have come across that either bring about a sense of calm to a Mum or Dad’s day, help capture a beautiful memory or inform in a simple and clear way. Here are a few apps that I have downloaded lately:


Baby Karaoke – FREE

For many new parents, the idea of learning those endless nursery rhymes can be enough to give you a headache! This simple app was developed but the raisingchildren.net site and plays five common nursery rhymes in the form of little videos. Playable on your iPhone or iPad, this app is an essential for any Mum or Dad who need a refresher course in ‘Row, Row, Row your boat’ or ‘Open Shut Them!’ Singalong and learn at the same time!

Click on the image to the left to be taken to the iTunes store

Elmo loves ABC’s – $4.99

This has to be one of Ella’s favourites so far. There is a FREE base version that allows you to access some letters of the alphabet, but for $4.99, this app is worth it. Obviously, it is tailored for pre-school aged children, but the colours, sounds and animations capture the attention of any child. Elmo invites kids to practice writing their letters, playing games, identifying images, drawing and colouring in etc. It also shows cute little videos that help kids learn the alphabet. This app is creative, interactive and heaps of fun…even for Mums and Dads!

Click on the image to the left to be taken to the iTunes store

Diptic – 99c

This app allows you to combine multiple photos taken on either your iPhone or iPad, or those imported from a camera. It provides you with various different layouts that help you create a montage /collage of photos, with the ability to then save this as a single image. Images can be shared via Facebook, twitter, Flikr, Tumblr or Posterous. It also contains 15 filters and rounded borders to give you the ability to transform any basic image into a mini masterpiece.

Click on the image to the left to be taken to the iTunes store

Artinphoto – 99c

This app provides you to add / mix sketches within photos taken on your mobile device. Click on anywhere within your photo and a sketch box is created to transform your photo into a work of art. Choose a variety of hands to make it look like the sketch is being held in front of the real photo. The image to the right is an example of what can be done! It’s one of those apps that is so imaginative…something that can really change a basic image into something wonderful!

Click on the image to the left to be taken to the iTunes store

That should keep any Apptastic Parent busy for a while! Hope you enjoy 🙂