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Screen Time

We are not strictly screen free in our house, I’m sure many of you know this. L plays with our phones has a tablet and enjoys watching some TV in between her play and tot school and various other activities. Balance is how we try to address screens as they are a big part of her dad’s life (Computer Programmer, Gamer & Film Nerd) and I also enjoy gaming (casually) and watching TV and Film. All of the apps and games we have installed have some educational merit as well as learning ICT skills.  Below are some of the apps/games we have installed on our various devices.

Duplo Animals.

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“A cute road trip story and building game for toddlers, starring the two DUPLO mascots Rabbit and Giraffe. Help the happy friends and the forest animals as they build, drive, sail, fish, and camp their way through the woods to deliver presents and wake up their hibernating Bear friend.

Designed for preschoolers (ages 2-5), but fun for all playful souls. Even hands that are too small to really start building with DUPLO bricks can learn the mechanics building in the game.

Features:
*Cute and fun animations with DUPLO animals
*Interactive DUPLO forest scenery with lots of building fun and surprises
*Intuitive map lets your child go to their favorite scene
*A cute story that inspires play ideas with real life bricks, too
*No in-app purchases
*No third party advertising
*No links to websites”

– Google Play

Duplo Trains

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“All aboard! Driving the colorful LEGO® DUPLO® Train from station to station is any toddler’s dream. Your child will play the role of the train driver, load cargo, build bridges, stop at crossings, help passengers, refuel, and lay new tracks to steer the train safely around obstacles.

Copying grown-ups and their activities is important to your 2-year-old toddler’s development – and few things are as ‘grown-up’ as driving a huge steam train through the scenic countryside, full speed ahead, horns tooting.

If your toddler is fascinated by trains, this simple game will provide new inspiration for hours of creative play – with or without a LEGO DUPLO train set.

Features:
*Bright, fun, and toddler-friendly animations and sound effects
*Intuitive icons and navigation for easy game play
*Cute, interactive DUPLO landscape with lots of building fun and surprises
*Based on the DUPLO My First Train set and familiar animals and characters
*No in-app purchases
*No third party advertising
*Parental gate to information about other LEGO DUPLO apps and products”

– Google Play

Panda Supermarket

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“EXPLORE AND FIND

In our Supermarket there are things hidden everywhere, find all the products we have ready for you. Bread, cakes, fruits, vegetables, snacks, dairy products, toys, clothes, drinks and even a pet!

HELP AND SHARE

Our animals have to do the grocery shopping today! Play together with friends and family and help your favorite characters to do their grocery shopping!

LEARN AND HAVE FUN

New words, new concepts, new ideas! Many activities waiting for you! Join the fun and enjoy this educational game for children!

Key Features:
– Learn new words!
– Use a shopping list to explore this wonderful world!
– Play and have fun with different animals and colorful scenarios! Unlock them!
– Help mom and dad to do the grocery shopping!”

– Google Play

Cbeebies Playtime

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“It’s CBeebies Playtime! An app for you and your family to enjoy starring lots of CBeebies favourites, great free games for kids and fun features that little ones will love. CBeebies Playtime will delight and entertain your children helping them to learn as they play.

The app’s dedicated Grown-ups section contains unique features to help you make the experience even more special for your child and find out how to support their learning. There are also links to more apps from CBeebies for you and your family to enjoy.

No adverts, no in-app purchases and a parental lock to make sure little fingers don’t wander too far means parents can have peace of mind whilst little ones enjoy a very special playtime, learning along with their CBeebies favourites.”

It even has her favourite – Octonauts!

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-Google Play

ABC Kids – Tracing and Phonics.

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“ABC Kids is a free phonics and alphabet teaching app that makes learning fun for children, from toddlers all the way to preschoolers and kindergartners. It features a series of tracing games to help kids recognize letter shapes, associate them with phonic sounds, and put their alphabet knowledge to use in fun matching exercises. Any toddler, kindergartener or preschool age child can learn English and the English alphabet simply by following the arrows with their finger. They can even collect stickers and toys as they complete tracing games!

ABC Kids is more than just a kid-friendly educational app, it was designed with adult participation in mind, too. The interface keeps toddlers focused on alphabet reading and writing, tucking menu commands away from moving fingers. Adults can easily access settings to engage Teacher Mode, look at report cards, or toggle tracing and phonics games to better facilitate learning.”

-Google Play

123 Numbers is the same as above but with numbers 🙂

Puzzles for Kids Zoo Animals

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Puzzles for kids – Zoo Animals is an interactive game for kids aged 1-5 that helps to develop tactile and motor skills while playing and learning animals and animal sounds.

Features:
– Intuitive child-friendly interface
– High-quality puzzle graphics with cute wild animals
– Easy navigation between puzzle for kids
– Easy movement of puzzle pieces across screen
– Tested and approved by kids
– Phone and tablet support
– Fun for the whole family
– All puzzles are available for FREE !

-Google Play

Do your kids play with apps? What are some of their favourites if they do have screen time?

She has a Peppa Pig Painting App as well on her dad’s phone that she plays fairly often and a pet vet one but neither are free so I haven’t included them here and often have annoying app pop ups where these ones are far less so if they have any at all.

Spoonie Mum

xx

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