Give your Children a Library at their Fingertips with eBookadabra

*This is a collaborative post

LP and Little Man have always had a love of reading. We have read with them daily since they were tiny and now that LP is learning to read she will often read books to us, at bedtime, in the car or whenever she has the urge to read.

But, even with a house full of books, LP is always looking for more to read. She has a thirst for books that even regular trips to the library can’t fix and when we go away for weekends she seems to want to take her whole bookshelf with her.

So when eBookadabra got in contact and asked if we’d like to review their app it looked like the perfect thing to keep LP and Little Man happy where books are concerned. eBookadabra contains hundreds of books in one app, making sure that the children always have something new to read.

Give your Children a Library at their Fingertips with eBookadabra

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Little Man Loves the New Thomas & Friends Read & Play App

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Little Man absolutely loves Thomas the Tank Engine and he has been obsessed with all things Thomas & Friends for the last couple of years – our Christmas this year is pretty much sponsored by Thomas! But, it can be easy to get sucked into Thomas toys that have no real educational benefit so when we were asked to test out the new Thomas & Friends Read & Play App I hoped it would help Little Man to learn whilst he plays.

The Thomas & Friends Read & Play App is perfect for any child who likes using a tablet or smartphone and who has even the smallest interest in Thomas. The app plays fun music from the show in the background which draws you instantly into the app and has so much to do once inside that any child will love to give it a try.

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Gotta Joga – Prenatal: A Great Introduction to Yoga During Pregnancy

*This post is in collaboration with Gotta Joga

I know that in my first pregnancy I was happy eating for two and making the most of all the effort it took to grow a baby. I didn’t really exercise or prepare myself for the birth at all and it was something I really wished I had embraced through pregnancy.

Gotta Joga Prenatal is a new app aimed to allow pregnant women to continue or even to start yoga during pregnancy. It’s perfect for women who have always enjoyed yoga but equally as worthwhile for women who have never tried yoga before and want to exercise and relax during pregnancy.

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Yoga is a great way to prepare physically and mentally for labour and is a much recommended exercise to relieve prenatal anxiety and nerves around child birth – as well as helping your body prepare too. Yoga is a fundamental part of many birth preparation classes and with the Gotta Joga Prenatal app you can have that pregnancy yoga experience at home which also gives you precious time to connect with the baby and what’s happening to the body from within.

The Gotta Joga Prenatal app introduces you to all the different yoga poses – standing, sitting, twists and many more. Each pose has video instructions which are easy to understand and replicate.

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The poses can be added to favourites and can be searched through either alphabetically or by category making them easy to find. It’s great to have somewhere to put your favourites too – making them that much quicker to get to next time.

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The main part of Gotta Joga is practicing yoga and there are eight different yoga sessions that you can work through from opening up, to relieving stress and connecting with your baby. Each of the sessions varies in length so you can practice yoga for just five minutes or up to 45 minutes depending on how long you have available.

Each time you complete a yoga session your own personal yoga tree grows and as your yoga experience grows your yoga tree will flourish – a great way of visualising how far you have come on your yoga journey.

Gotta Joga Prenatal is released this week and is just £2.29 from the Apple App Store.

If you’re not pregnant but would love to take up yoga you could give the Gotta Joga app a go. This is aimed at anyone who would love to learn yoga and has the same great interface as Gotta Joga Prenatal but would be perfect for anyone to use outside of pregnancy.

Review: KidzInMind App for iOS and Android

LP and Little Man have so many different apps – on their tablets, on mine and Hubby’s phones – apps everywhere. Each of their apps does different things – counting, writing, drawing, story telling. There is literally an app for everything. But what if there was just one app that had everything inside it that the children could ever need or want? One app that combined all of their favourite games and things to do?

headerStep forward KidzInMind, an app that really does have kids in mind. KidzInMind is so much more than just another app. It’s a whole interface dedicated to children – letting them learn and play in one safe and controlled environment with so much content that they’ll never run our of things to do. The app is controlled around one playroom area where the children can click on different things to launch each part of the app – and whole ranges of mini apps.

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KidzInMind is home to so many mini apps – activities that are all free from advertising, with no hidden payments and created for educational purposes – whilst still being fun for any age child. Both LP and Little Man love KidzInMind and they will happily play it for an hour without getting bored, on a long car journey or just when having some quiet time.

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Within KidzInMind parents can control how long the child can play for and also whether they have internet access or not – great if you don’t want them to download new apps within KidzInMind – if you’re on holiday or aren’t connected to wi-fi for example.

KidzInMind is aimed at children between the ages of two and six – great for children in the lead up to starting school. It’s great to find an app that both LP and Little Man can enjoy and take turns playing as it is suitable for both their ages.

In KidzInMind LP and Little Man love so many of the mini apps. They have spent time playing games – building, cooking and doing jigsaws. There are so many games to play that I just couldn’t list them all but it is easy for the children to access the mini apps, try them, see if they like them and if not move onto the next. Most of them they have played for a while though before moving on, a sign that they are engaged and enjoying the games right from the start.

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There’s a huge range of animations to watch too – lots of mini cartoon series that the children really enjoy. They are a great alternative to watching TV and make such a refreshing change from all the characters on children’s TV. They all have educational themes too and the children really love to watch them.

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Some of LP and Little Man’s favourite things to do in KidzInMind are the simplest – take photos of themselves, adding hats and wigs or superhero costumes, painting and drawing or making up simple story boards.

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LP started school last September and there are so many mini apps that really help with her reading and writing – giving her words to practice and helping her pronunciation as well as teaching her how to spell new or familiar words.

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Little Man’s favourite game is Dino Lab. It’s one mini app that includes a whole range of dinosaur themed games – dinosaur bone jigsaws, spot the difference and matching the dinosaurs. It gives him hours of entertainment and is just one of so many of the games inside Kidzinmind.

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As a parent I am really impressed with the amount of content within KidzInMind and have the peace of mind that LP and Little Man won’t accidentally create a huge phone bill or access content they shouldn’t whilst using KidzInMind.

KidzInMind is fantastic and as it’s available on both Android and iOS it’s pretty much available to everyone. The first week of KidzInMind is completely free and after that you can pay just 79p per month for limited access or £2.99 per month for access to the full app, video and game catalogue and all the parental safety controls. I am sure that if you tried it for the first week your children would love it just as much as LP and Little Man.

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Disclosure: This review is in collaboration with Kidzinmind however all opinions are my own.

Review: Lipa Learning’s New App – Lipa Theater: Story Maker

*This post is in collaboration with Lipa Learning
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A new educational app has been released from Lipa Learning and I can’t wait to introduce LP to it! In Lipa Theater: Story Maker you are the director and whatever story you can imagine really comes to life.

Lipa Learning are an education app developed who create apps designed for children up to the age of six. Lipa Theater: Story Maker is their latest app release in a great line up from Lipa Learning and it’s one that is sure to be a hit with children who love to create stories and use their imaginations.

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You can set the scene: control the time of day, weather, and background music to tailor the story to be exactly how you want it. Then embellish your production with dozens of props and animals, invent storylines and animate your puppets! You can even take a snapshot or draw a picture and create your own backdrops, record the action and play it back for endless fun.

Review: Lipa Learning's New App - Lipa Theater: Story Maker

Lipa Theater offers a stage where you can explore the expanse of your imagination. It’s an active storytelling game where you build the perfect Wild West drama, or an alien comedy set on Mars, while learning all about design and creativity as well as ways to tell the best story you can imagine!

Review: Lipa Learning's New App - Lipa Theater: Story Maker

Lipa Theater develops skills in creativity, invention, communication, design, and imagination. Like all Lipa Learning apps it encourages cooperative play with family and friends and looks sure to be a hit with any young child who loves their tablet!

Lipa Theatre is available now for $3.99 and can be downloaded here.