6 Kids Apps (to make your life easier!)

‘Mum, can I borrow your iPad please???!’ An all too familiar phrase if you have kids in your life. Keep the little angels entertained with these top apps for tablet and mobile and make the most of the FREE WiFi in all our properties.

 

ColAR App (iPad)

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Children love drawing. Whether it be in the note pad you use for work or some ‘art work’ created on a wall using felt tip this is certainly our favourite of 2013. This amazing download helps bring all their pictures to life. Simply draw the creation, take the photo on your device while the ColAR app works it’s magic and brings everything into a movie motion. ColAR also have service that could benefit your business. Warning – this may not just be for kids!

RATING (out of 5): ****

 

Elements In Action (iPad/Phone)Image

Combining science into action this app makes the subject that some kids dread more exciting. The Elements in Action collects 79 spectacular video demonstrations of the weird, wonderful, and sometimes alarming properties of the elements. Beautifully filmed, this collection of videos explores and explains what makes each element unique and fascinating. We had a go ourselves and we learned a lot, years after we last ever stepped into a science lab.

RATING (out of 5): *****

 

Traktor DJ (iPad/Phone)

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Budding DJ’s this is the app for you. Gone are the CD’s, CDJs and even lap tops – this is the future. Combine all your tracks and mix as you go about your journey. Better still, have a party and save on the DJ fee. £13.99 buys you the full version – be aware it can take up a lot of memory on your hard drive. Great entertainment on a long journey and always supply some headphones.

Traktor can be difficult to handle and requires quite a lot of setting up but once you are settled and got your tracks then the party starts. Goodbye DJ’s…it was fun…

RATING (out of 5): ***

 

Minecraft (iPad/Phone/Android) 

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On first glance you could be forgiven for thinking you are back in the 80’s with the graphics on this game, especially with GT6, COD and all the other near life hi-def games on the market. However, if there was one thing to stimulate the brain this is it. 

The web site describes Minecraft as a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea. Or in other words building a fantasy world inside your own. And you get to fly.

The only concern would be the lack of curves and circles in the game. Plus if you YouTube the games the ‘over enthusiastic’ male narrator does have a tendency to get on your nerves…a lot.

RATING (out of 5): ***

 

Justin’s World – Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

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Parents alike will know all about Mr Tumble aka Justin Fletcher. Justin is one of CBeebies’s biggest stars, and this is his own app: a retelling of the Goldilocks fairytale with Justin dressing up as the main characters. Plenty of silliness, but also a serious focus on reading and accessibility for kids.

Is an interactive adaptation of the popular children’s storybook. Justin guides you through an interactive play experience, helping Goldilocks (who’s a little bit lazy) clean and tidy the bear’s house.

Once all the work is done you get to meet the very grateful bears! All characters played by a well-known TV presenter…Justin! 

RATING (out of 5): ****

 

The Snowman and the Snow Dog (iPad/Phone/Android)

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An app from broadcaster, Channel 4, which has turnedThe Snowman and the Snowdog into a Temple Run-style endless runner game. Kids fly and collect snowflakes. It does have optional in-app purchases, but with an upper cap of £20. And in this instance the snowman doesn’t melt at the end and we don’t hear a note from Aled Jones.

RATING (out of 5): ***

 

Helicopter Taxi (iPad/Phone)

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Budding pilots can now live the dream with Helicopter Taxi! Brought to you by digital genius’ Toca Boca (no relation) he app uses the device camera and fills the screen with an animated helicopter. You can then pretend the chopper is flying around the room with you! Pilots Skip and Rita then drop off their passengers as they manoeuvre around the room. Hours of fun.

RATING (out of 5): ***

Ben Glover

 

 

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