Dylan uses his IPad a lot, and one of his favourite things to do with it is use the photo booth app. This is a preinstalled app on IPads that provides you with effects which change the colour or distort the image that the camera is showing. When we are out and about Dylan finds things really quite distressing unless he is viewing everything through his IPad camera or using the games on it as a distraction. Mainly though he is using the camera, so I decided that I would get him an actual camera and build on his interest and give him an aid to help him when out and about.
I spent an evening researching cameras and trying to find one that would be still fit for use after being dropped, bumped and handled by a clumsy 3 year old. After looking online I quickly realised that not very many people made cameras for young children and I could only find one that was in a rubberized and safe looking case, the Vtech Kiddizoom Duo . Vtech make a range of different cameras for children but this one looked perfect for my little man and after reading many reviews I couldn’t wait to purchase it.
I headed out to get it the next day because after looking up all about it and deciding it was the one for Dylan I found that it was in the sale at Argos, bingo! After purchasing it I then decided I would give it to him the next day when Amellia was in school so that she wouldn’t be pestering him.
The next morning I gave it to him and he loved it! He didn’t put it down all day and didn’t use his IPad once after being given the camera, which is incredible because normally we have to listen to the gummy bear song at least 30 times a day.
After I showed him how to add effects to the screen and change the colour he didn’t need much more help. I showed him the button to take pictures and how to change the camera from the front facing to the rear facing one but Dylan doesn’t tend to take many pictures he just likes to watch the world go by on the screen as it isn’t so overwhelming for him then.
A common complaint about the camera was that it took batteries and wasn’t rechargeable but to us this was actually a huge positive it means that no matter where we are we can take a spare set of batteries with us when we are out and about incase the others run out. My complaint would be that there are games on the camera, they are unnecessary to be on a camera. I have removed them from Dylan’s but he wasn’t using them anyway. The battery life has really impressed me. He has used it all day and I mean all day and it has only just came up with a low battery warning, my next purchase is going to be some rechargeable batteries so that we can always some in it and a charged lot in his bag.
Such a simple to use and perfect camera. I think it is one of the best if not the best thing that I have ever bought for Dylan.
Recently I have been asked by a few people what apps the kids use; so I decided to make a blog about it.
This one is about the apps that my son loves to use, I will do one shortly about what ones my little girl likes to use too!
The majority of these apps are free, or at least have a free trial for you to see if your children enjoy them! =]
- Meet the Alphablocks– Based on the Cbeebies T.V show. It teaches your child the sounds that letters makes.
- Talking ABC- by Hey Clay. This app helps children to learn the alphabet and links an animal to each letter. It also has several mini games, point to the right letter, puzzles, who is it, memory game and a few more.
- Endless ABC– by Originator. This app is by far the favourite among with others made by them. You can choose from a huge range of words, it then jumbles the letters up and a shadow is left for where they belong. As you move each letter it sings the sound that it makes. When you have completed the word it then explains to you what the word means and shows you a short clip to explain it.
- ABC Phonics- by Pink Fong. This app sings a little song about the letter you choose with many words in it that begin with the same letter. It then teaches you how to write these letters in lower and uppercase. There is also a mini game for each letter too!
- Toddler Counting 123-by giggle up. This app brings up a random number of items and as you click on each picture it counts them for you.
- Endless 123-by originator. You can choose whatever number you like and it moves and leaves a shadow for you to move the number to. along with a few numbers either side of it. It then does a simple sum for what would create your chosen number. Then it will do a little story about the number too!
- Lets Count- by Fisher Price. This counts 1-5 with lovely, bright and simple to count animals. It sings a lovely song too.
Colouring & Drawing
- Dipdab- based on the Cbeebies show. This is a great little app where you get a short little animation with dipdab at the start and then you are given a dashed line to show you what to draw. Then your drawing is used in the next bit of animation.
- Rain Cubes– by unity. You are given a blank page and as you touch around the screen coloured cubes drop down and form a 3D picture.
- Drawing Pad- You can either draw on a blank page or on a picture that you have taken. As you draw it plays a lovely little tune and when you stop it stops the tune.
- Touch Free-by unity. This app brings up simple shapes which are white on a black background and plays relaxing music. You then draw over the white to complete the picture.
Games & Fun
- Playtime-by Cbeebies. This is a wonderful app, it has lots of games on it from different programs on Cbeebies. All very simple, easy and fun!
- Sago Mini- This is the maker of a wide range of apps. Vivid colours, fun and easy games. Our favorites by them is; Roadtrip, where you get to choose a car, pack a suitcase and drive down a road encountering lovely flowers, animals etc. Music box, you fly about in different forms of transport and when you click up high it plays the high notes and low for low notes from well-known nursery rhymes. Monsters, is where you get different shapes to choose from, you can then draw on them, add items etc to them. You then get to feed them, brush their teeth etc.
- Toto– by Dr.Panda. You look after a little tortoise by wwashing him, making him sandwiches, giving him medicine when he is sick etc!
- Magic Tracks- by budge. This is a game based around Thomas The Tank Engine. It is like your own miniature railway track. You drive Thomas around and come across mini games and unlock other engines and items to place around your track!
- First words– by Tiny hands. This is a great app for them to learn a wide range of things from clothing names, shapes, food etc. You get one of the items at a time and have to match it to the same picture. When you have done this it tells you the name of the item!
- Get Well Soon-by Cbeebies. This app teaches your children about going to the hospital, and learning about the human body.
- Disney Life– £5.99 a month. Can be put onto ten devices. It has nearly all of the Disney movies, programs, cds and books on it. You can download them so that you can use them when you are not connected to the internet. You can also watch the Disney channels live.
- Netflix- £5 a month. Again a whole range of videos and movies. You can also download the majority of these so you can watch them offline too!
- Iplayer kids– This has all the cbeebies & CBBC programs on it. You can download these to watch offline and has many seasons for all of their programs on it.
- StoryBots– Many short videos on her about the alphabet,numbers, shapes, dinosaurs, colours etc on it! Lovely simply videos and catchy tunes to aid with learning!
- YT Kids– This is a great app as it means that you can leave your child to browse through many videos that are all safe for kids!
I hope your children enjoy these! If you have any apps that your little ones like I would love to hear about them and add them to their Ipads!