Browsed by
Tag: technology

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…

20140207-115441.jpg

20140207-115451.jpg

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: Casetagram

Friday Finds: Casetagram

tumblr_ltmuvtM8Ce1r2k7tlo1_1280Last year, I was getting out of the car, baby in tow, hand bag and nappy bag lugged over my shoulder when my iPhone fell out of my pocket and smashed all over the ground. I was not a happy camper. I knew that I should have had a proper case for my phone, but had just put it to the bottom of my never ending ‘to do’ list. After upgrading my phone I invested in a case straight away, and it has proven to be a worthwhile investment by protecting my phone from a number of subsequent falls and general beating around by one small but very active baby. Whilst my phone has withstood a great deal of ‘general use’, it is time to get a new case. I’ve been looking around at various options and was recently showed this amazing new product that allows you to create your own personalised case. Cue ‘Casetagram’.

This fabulous product allows you to create almost any type of case you like. It includes a variety of themes and templates and draws upon photos from your own Instagram or Facebook library. By downloading their app, you can play till your heart’s content. Not only this, but you can create covers for your iphone or android device, and iPad! From $39.95, you can have your own family protect your precious phone!

These screen shots below show the fun I’ve had creating my own case….

Choose your device and case template…

photo 4

Add your photos…

photo 1

Put it all together…

photo 2

Save and share your design!!!

photo 3

I love, love this idea. Can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail. For more information about Casetagram, click here.

kate

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

FP_Sounds_Icon512_tcm169-22415

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

FP_PuppyHD_Icon512_tcm169-22413

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: Instagram is online!

Friday Finds: Instagram is online!

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 8.59.40 PM
Today I discovered that Instagram has gone online! This is fantastic! It means that you can browse those gorgeous pics directly from your home computer or laptop when you are not out and about. If you are a (newish) Mum like me, you sometimes find yourself at home in your pyjamas at midday. Sometimes, my phone is dead and I have time to do some work on my laptop, or browse Pinterest or Etsy (cue  sighs from my husband). Instagram has finally gone online, and this is a great decision that brings this fabulous tool to the world of the www. A funny thing, that it started out as an app, and eventually moved toward being available on desktops and laptops. The demand must have been there, and although it is not a ‘life changer’, I for one, and really happy that they decided to make this move….

For those of you who have not yet ventured to the land of Instagram….get on it! We are coming up to a year of life with our gorgeous daughter and it’s lovely to browse through some of the following pics to see how she has changed. This is  a (small) selection!

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 8.59.56 PM

To follow us on Instagram, my username is http://instagram.com/katekorber

My account is private, so please don’t be offended. I only accept followers who know Ella and myself.

kate

*Images are taken from my personal Instagram page.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A little late with my Friday Find this week…needless to say that finishing work, a crawling baby and last minute Christmas chaos has taken over! This week I wanted to share a couple of great Christmas finds that I discovered in my online travels. These tools have brought a wonderful sense of Yuletide fun to the Korber household this week. Even though I know that Ella is still a little too young to understand the meaning of this fabulous time of year, these little finds sure have made this Mummy very ‘festive’ and excited about the days ahead….

Screen Shot 2012-12-22 at 10.40.12 AM
The Portable North Pole App

This App is a gorgeous way to inject a little Santa fun into any household. Featuring both a parents and kids corner, the app has many features including:


Personalised video: 
The ability to create a magical personalised video message from Santa to your beautiful children. With the ability to tailor the message to include your child’s name, age, location and Christmas wishes, this video brings a spark of magic that helps any parent relive their childhood. This feature is free this year to celebrate their fifth year anniversary!

Screen Shot 2012-12-22 at 10.39.08 AM

Santa calls: Receive a call straight to your phone from Santa! The app includes fourteen different scenarios that can praise and remind any child at any time of year.

Other great features including an advent calendar, Christmas radar and countdown! This App is simply a gorgeous way to celebrate Christmas and get the children excited about the impending visit of the big man! To visit the Portable North Pole on iTunes click here.

Unknown-1JibJab Christmas e-cards

Jib-Jab has been around for quite a while, but this is the first year that I used them to create my own Christmas e-card. With many different templates to choose from, for all of the year’s celebrations, these e-cards make an old card come to life! This year, a combination of lack of time, together with the wanting to include Ella in the cards, led me to use Jib-Jab to create our own cute video. The only problem was trying to choose which of the following cards to use!

Screen Shot 2012-12-22 at 11.01.03 AM

To view Ella staring in the ‘Santa’s comin to Town’ Christmas Card, click the image below…. 

33UqBb0cP_Tj2jtr6p4ngarg

And with that….I would like to wish all of our friends and family a wonderful Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to read this blog and keep up with Ella’s adventures. Each moment that she has grown has brought us so much joy. It really is going to be a wonderful Christmas. I hope that all of you experience joy and love this week, where ever you are!

kate

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

get-the-new-youtube-design-with-this-google-chrome-extension-8bb4ae8a43When we were growing up, the Sherlock kids loved nothing more than watching all the corny and cheesy Christmas shows on TV. In the days leading up to Christmas, the TV would be littered with family movies and clay animations that told all of the beloved stories that we still talk about to this day. Over the years however, many of these shows have not made the re-run cut, and we were recently talking about how it would be great to watch them again, especially now that we have a baby in the house. Finding them however, would be a hard challenge!

imagesEnter YouTube. Somewhere around the world, someone could possibly share your equal love of a movie, and has taken the time to post it online. Needless to say, my brother recently sent us a link to our favourite ‘the night they saved Christmas‘. A 1980’s classic starring the gorgeous Charlie’s Angel – Jaqueline Smith. This video was watched over and over, and to our delight, the entire movie was posted online. Many movies and TV shows are cut into smaller snippets, but can be easily found. Another delight that we found was the good old ‘Pingu‘. Still a classic on Children’s TV in 2012, this show has stood the test of time.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEERFurthermore, my sister was recently talking about the beautiful ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer‘ clay animation that we used to watch. This 1960’s classic tells the story of how Rudolph came to lead Santa’s sleigh, as he overcame the fear of other Reindeer’s teasing him because of his Red nose. This gorgeous movie has also been posted online, in different sections.

Much to my delight is the ability to create Playlists on Youtube – thus being able to save all of your movies and shows in a convenient way. So far, I have created Playlists for Ella for Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, and other Christmas Shows. With the ease of our Apple TV, these shows can be viewed through our TV straight from the internet. We can also watch them anywhere via our iPad, iPhone or Mac. This feature really is fabulous for parents, and helps you save money by watching them for free. It’s also a great way for parents who were kids in the 80’s to relive all of their Christmas favourites!

For more information on how to create playlists via ‘My Channel’ on Youtube, click here.

Happy Youtube Tuletide!

kate

*Images are linked to their original source

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.