Every Friday we round up a selection of the best kids apps
It’s the weekend! Here’s our selection of great kids apps to try this weekend.
Best apps for Under 5’s
Casper Babypants Music Time!
iPhone/ iPad: £1.49
Anyone remember the 90’s band The Presidents of the United States? They were certainly big in my native Australia (hmmm isn’t everyone?) with hits like Lump and Peaches. After half a dozen albums the band succumbed to the dreaded “musical differences” and broke up a few years ago.
Lead singer Chris Ballew is now in the kids app game, making apps to teach kids how to play and enjoy music. Proving that kids apps are clearly the new rock n roll these days.
Casper Babypants is both a music project and a kids app. You can buy Casper Babypants music albums from Amazon*, and the app allows you to play along with songs from the albums. The app contains two songs from each of the six Casper Babypants albums, so there are twelve songs to play along with.
Kids play along to the Caspar Babypants songs via a virtual guitar, xylophone or drum set on screen. The app gives the kid a bit of hand and ensures that the notes stay in key as the child plays, so they can focus on rhythm and enjoying the sounds. for any kid with real music chops (or a show off parent), the app also has a mode where the song chords are shown so you can play along with a real instrument.
To give you a feel of the musical stylings of Casper Babypants, here’s a YouTube video of one their big hits Googly Eyes.
Mr Potato Head Create & Play
(Warning: Some in-app purchase options are available)
Kids can create and customise Mr Potato Head to their liking and then take photos of the creations and play with them.
The App gets good reviews from parents of little kids who love it, but we wish it wasn’t let down by relying on some in-app purchase options rather than charging an all-in price for the app.
There’s no puzzles to solve with this app, instead it just lets little ones have fun squirting water around and experimenting with water physics.
30 levels of water squirting fun for the littlies.
Best apps for Under 10’s
My First Classical Music App
Looking for a gentle way to introduce your kids to classical music? This is an interactive version of the book produced by Naxos, the world’s largest independent classical music company.
Kids get to learn about and hear all the key instruments and great composers that influence classical music.
Lots of great reviews by happy parents.
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch
An app with brimming with imagination and creativity.
Kids need to use their imagination as they enter a world of magical animals which they need to help create and draw to defend the night zoo
Recommended by primary school teachers, and designed with the hands on assistance of one.
Fantastic reviews from happy parents.
SUPERFUGU is a wild underwater adventure, where you need to control Fugu, a brave little puffer fish with a big personality as he teams up with his sea friends to find out who is threatening the fish of the reef.
Includes stunning cinematics from Andy Jones, who won an Academy Award for visual effects in Avatar.
Move quickly because the £0.69 price is a special sale price for a limited time.
Best apps for Over 10s and Mums and Dads
Silk is a painting app, but a painting app for all ages. As you touch Silk, coloured strands of silk bloom from your fingertips and dance across the screen. The wondrous mood of the app is partnered with atmospheric music that creates a self contained atmosphere of calm and creativity.
Tip ‘o the hat to Chris Birell for this one!
How did you feel today? How about yesterday? Or the day before?
Have you been feeling down for too many days in a row?”
In the speech, he gave a view on the importance of doing what makes you happy.
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Mr Mood will help you track when it’s time for you to change something too.
Ever woken up one weekend morning and decided you needed to make something? How about a Lion Dog Costume?
Instructables can teach you to make other stuff as well, but nothing beats a good Lion Dog Costume.
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