APPY KIDS, HAPPY PARENTS?
The brood has remained relatively sheltered from the world of apps and gaming so far. The six-year-old has yet to discover Minecraft and the likes (though I fear his techonological awakening is just around the corner) and the toddler thankfully hasn’t perfected her swipe. My kids don’t have tablets of their own but from time to time we allow them to use the iPad or our phones to watch (another) episode of Team Umizoomi or Paw Patrol when we need a little peace. Everything in moderation and all that.
I’ve used a few free apps in the past but both the kids and I generally get frustrated by the adds and relentless demands for in-app purchases. For that very reason, I’ve been reluctant to use apps too much or at least the free ones. They’re inevitably cast aside in frustration.
When Kidloland got in touch to ask if we would review their app for preschoolers, I was delighted to get the chance to see what we’d been missing. It was midterm and wet. The timing was perfect and my kiddos were ripe for picking. Plus, we had a long car journey coming up so I was IN!

WHAT IS KIDLOLAND?

It’s an award winning app designed for preschoolers with 1000+ interactive nursery rhymes, songs, stories, activities and games. It has a ‘complete phonics section with songs and activities to help kids take their first steps towards reading’ and activities that ‘help develop a child’s pre-math skills, sequencing skills and problem-solving skills’ as well as helping ‘develop their imagination & creativity.’ Sounds good, right?

Kidloland

From what I had heard of Kidloland, I understood it to be fun and educational. Any review I read was favourable, as is this one. We were largely impressed with the array of games, songs and stories available. I couldn’t possibly go through everything that this app has to offer – there’s just too much. While the app is aimed at under fives,  the six-year-old had some fun with it too. Of course the toddler wanted in on the action and loved the nursery rhymes and songs.

Kidloland pictures

WHAT WE LIKED

  • You can download content so that it’s available to use offline.
  • New Content is added every month – we all know how fickle the under fives can be. Crisis averted.
  • No ads. Phew.
  • No in-app purchases. Praise the Lord.

OUR FAVOURITE KIDLOLAND FEATURES

  1. Games: Popping Time, Chomping Monsters and Surprises were three games that my kids kept going back to and chuckled their way through.
  2. Colouring Time: This was a massive hit with the four-year-old. She’s loves to colour and really enjoyed being able to tap her way to a masterpiece.
  3. Phonics games & songs: These were perfect for the four-year-old who’s beginning to work with letters at Montessori.
  4. Stories: I know there’s obviously no substitute for reading to your own kids but the stories section was a nice addition – there’s a story topic to suit everyone. I also liked the ‘read for me’ or ‘read by myself’ options.
  5. My Daily Routine: Mealtime, bath time & brushing time are covered, among others. What parent doesn’t like these routines to be reinforced. Instructions of any sort usually pack more of punch when they don’t come directly from me!
  6. Careers and Places Around Us: The four-year old loved learning about professions and places with these fun matching games and songs. From a vocab perspective, these two activities were fantastic.

Kidloland

DOWNSIDES

  • Waiting for individual activities to download was frustrating, albeit unavoidable.
  • If you want to use it on an Android device & an iPhone, you’ll have to buy it twice.
  • The cheesy music and the voice-over might drive you mad if you can’t manage to tune it out. But it’s no worse than Chase or Daddy Pig. Six of one…

WHO WILL LOVE IT?

The four-year-old was happy to lose herself in it. She could easily navigate around and managed to get where she wanted to be without much input from us. While some of the features are clearly designed for toddlers, I’d personally rather keep our littlest one away from apps and technology (and my expensive iPad) for little while longer. The six-year-old enjoyed playing with it but in reality, he’s a little too old.

VALUE FOR MONEY?

While the app itself is free to download and there are some songs and activities available for free, to unlock the full complement of features a subscription is required. The pricing is as follows: €4.99/£3.99 for one month,  €24.99/£18.99 for six months and €39.99/£29.99 for a year.   There is also a free 7 day trial option which will give access to the entire app.

kidloland playlist

So, is Kidloland worth your hard-earned cash?  Yes, I think it is –  if you have a three or four-year-old.  All in all, Kidloland is a great app. Perfect for long journeys & rainy days, it’s a nifty piece of ammunition to have in your parenting toolkit. We managed to survive a wet midterm break, trips to multiple kitchen showrooms, a cross-country car journey and an overnight stay in a hotel with the help of Kidloland. We’ve had it on the go for a fortnight and one of the two older kids has used it at least every other day. The iPad will be coming on holidays with us in the summer and I’m pretty sure that Kidloland will buy us some peace on the plane journey.

You can download the Kidloland App from the Apple StoreGoogle Play store or Amazon Store. 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Kidloland Giveaway

 

The very nice people at Kidloland are offering a three-month subscription to not one, not two but three Shinners & the Brood readers. Yay!

ENTER TO WIN

You can enter in a number of ways via the form below. It’s fairly self-explanatory but if you have any bother, get in touch. Good Luck!

Competition Terms & Conditions: 

  • The closing date is 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 12th,  2017.
  • The winners will be notified via email on the 13th March.
  • The prize is a 3 month subscription to Kidloland. No cash alternative will be offered.
  • The competition is open to UK and ROI entrants only.
  • The winners will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  • The winner must respond within 30 days of receiving the email to claim their prize.
  • Provision of the prize is the reponsibility of Kidloland.

The competition is not affiliated with Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I was  offered  a six-month subscription to Kidloland in return for writing a review. What you’ve read is my honest feedback on the product.
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28 Comments

    • Sinéad Reply

      Yes, I agree. It’s not cheap. Good idea to maybe get a month first and see how it goes down.

  1. I wonder is Katy perrys new song on it!!!! That’s what a 5 year old asked for from me on you tube. But thankfully this will be right up the three year olds street

    • Sinéad Reply

      Lol… I couldn’t tell you how many times we watched that Katy Perry jungle song on YouTube a couple of years ago!

    • Sinéad Reply

      There’s enough in it to keep them going for a looong time!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Mine love the one with the birds and the eggs. Every time one hatches, they roar laughing!

  2. My girls are the same and don’t have tablets. I’ve been thinking about introducing my eldest daughter to the technology world and this looks like a great place to start. I like that you can use it offline, as a lot of the times I would use 1 we wouldn’t have internet. Sounds like it has good variety to keep their interest. X

    • Sinéad Reply

      Same as that. You’d use this kind of thing a lot in the car, I think so they offline thing is really important.

    • Sinéad Reply

      I agree, we kind of have to embrace it really, don’t we?

  3. We have Kidloland & it’s a really fun & interactive app for the little ones. My daughter loved the colorful pictures & the music. It’s definitely handy for days out as you say, keeps everyone happy! 🙂 Lovely giveaway too! x
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    • Sinéad Reply

      It got us out of a few pickles already! Kitchen showrooms are no fun for kids once they have climbed in and out of the cabinets a few times…

  4. I know exactly where you are coming from on in app purchases. I am forever being handed the phone because my eldest has hit a buy now button! We have this and it still keeps Monkey entertained and I am sure this is down to the new content. My favourite feature has got to be that you can download and use it off line. Very detailed and honest review.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks! Yeah – I’d rather pay for an app than deal with that drama – lol.

  5. Rachel Craig Reply

    Great prize, as it is good to allow and encourage children to learn.

    • Sinéad Reply

      I think so too. And there’s a real innocence about this app too that I like.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Yes, it seems to be top of a the list for a lot of people! 🙂

  6. Sinéad Reply

    CONGRATS TO Ruby Spiteri, Jenni Owen-Thomas and Denise McHugh, our three winners! Thanks to all who took part! This competition is now closed.

  7. We’ve been using the free trial and my 2 1/2 year old LOVES it! It’s awesome for those times when you just need them entertained for a little bit. He can run the app himself and not press buttons and end up all over the place! He loves the firefighting game the most! Definitely going to pay for a subscription – so worth it! Tbanks for sharing #KCACOLS
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