The lovely people over at Kidloland offered us a one year subscription to their app in response for a review. As it’s the holidays and Oliver will no doubt get bored on rainy days or in the car I figured it would be great. The app is aimed at age 0-5, so toddlers & pre-school age and perfect for Oliver at age 3.5.
In our house, we aren’t hugely precious about screen time. However, we do like knowing what he’s using and that it is of some benefit to him in some way, shape or form. Sometimes, that reason can be just for enjoyment and down time. Sometimes it’s for educational purposes. Oliver knows how to unlock my phone and actually has his own folder for apps and games for him. He can read his name, so he knows where to find them.
The Kidloland app has lots of fun nursery rhymes and songs including the ‘ABC song’, which I was really impressed to hear Oliver knew most of it, we’ve sung it a few times now and he is getting even better at memorising the alphabet.
There are quite a few different sections with songs for numbers, letters, shapes, colours etc. As a British person, my only criticism of it is that it’s an American app, so that means spellings are different and the last letter of the alphabet is ‘zee’ rather than ‘zed’. I explained to Oliver that although American people speak English, they speak it differently to us. I actually likened it to how his Daddy and I speak differently (think grass and graaass). He accepted the explanation, but I can still see the confusion when he’s singing the alphabet and it sounds different, he definitely second guesses himself.
I love that there’s a Christmas songs section! Despite it being summer, we have had a little sing-a-long to some of the Christmas songs. You’d never guess I used to be a scrooge!
There are a couple of games on there too, they seem pretty easy for him to use and understand the concept. That means he gets less frustrated and can play it by himself, which he likes. It also means that I can leave him to it if I need a few minutes to get something done, or if we were in the car on a long journey and he was fed up.
Ease of Use
It’s really easy to use for Oliver, he chooses a section and just presses the first one. Once you’ve downloaded all of the songs in each section it auto plays from start to finish. Oliver doesn’t seem to mind that it goes through from start to finish. Each time you download a new section it asks for permission, so if you haven’t downloaded the yearly subscription (£29.99) there’s no worry of something being bought without your knowledge. It does mean that for every section there is a short wait if you haven’t downloaded yet. I think Oliver would have got the hang of this by age 2, but the waiting would have frustrated him.
Oliver does seem to enjoy it, and the best thing about it – there’s no “Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you?” or random surprise egg, unboxing videos and grown men playing with toys or running around dressed as Spiderman. I know you all know what I’m talking about!
Kidloland gifted a yearly subscription for the purpose of this review, however all opinions, experiences and summery sing-a-longs of Christmas songs are my own