Kid’s Book and Kid’s iPhone App reviews continue. For my “reasons” behind “Why Apps?!” look here. Type “Kids” or “children” or “educational” into the Apple iStore and you get bombarded with Apps. Which to get?! Look no further…
Kid’s Book Review: Nutshell Library – Maurice Sendak
Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak. Reading Age: 5yrs +. Read together Age, 1.5 yrs+. Red Ted has always loved these, at first because he loves little books he can hold and put in and out of little boxes. Now (2.5yrs) he is starting to get interested in the little stories. He likes the rythm of counting and the funny little pictures. He doesn’t quite understand all of it yet (e.g. Chicken Soup with rice looks at the months and I don’t think he knows what “February” is yet) but he enjoys them non the less. I love these, because a) I had two of the little books when I was little b) I love Maurice Sendak’s quirkiness and c) (for all parents) it has counting, seasons and alphabets + a little cautionary tale involving a lion. What more could you want?! I have given these as presents before – they make a great little gift!
Kid’s iPhone App Review: KidArt
Being a crafty sort of mum (not that you hadn’t noticed yet…), I did want to find a crafty App. There are a few around and I basically chose one based on reviews I found online. So we got KidArt. Red Ted took to it straight away. It has a catchy tune when you first load it that Red Ted loves to wriggle too. Then you have a simple touch screen and colour selection pallet. You can also use some “stickers” and different backgrounds. Give it a little shake and your last addition disappears. You can also save the artwork and send it to family if you really want! Although, I (!) find it a little hard to draw accurately, the simple menu, bright colours, fun music and shaky shake eraser really to please Red Ted, and that is what it is all about. A bit of colour. A bit of art and a bit of fun. Lovely.
Remember though, there are many FREE Apps out there. Sometimes it is the “Lite” version of something as a taster and sometimes they are just free. Don’t knock the free stuff a 2-3 yrs old will probably be more than happy. Some of the “Lites” are irritating as they add several screens to try and make you buy the full version, which with toddlers can be infuriating. If this is the case just delete it! But do get all the Lites first before you buy and you will see if you like the App.