I am a big fan of children getting out in the great outdoors as much as possible, having fun and getting creative. I like to keep screen time to a minimum. So I have surprised myself in making my first blog about apps. However, I wanted to share with you a couple of apps that have really helped my family to make more time for all the fun, and even helped homework to be a little more fun along the way…
Squeebles Spelling Test and Squeebles Times Tables from keystagefun, £2.99 each
I really am not exaggerating when I say this app has changed my life. Not since the arrival of Ghd Hair straighteners has life been made so much easier. Just as I said goodbye to bad hair days then (almost), I have now said goodbye to the tantrums and torture of practicing for the weekly spelling and times tables test.#
In return for the chance to rescue a myriad of weird and wonderful Squeebles, my children now angelically sit and practice every day without a murmer of complaint. Whereas I, the marker of their practice tests, had once been cast in the role of enemy if I should dare to place a cross beside ‘caracter’ or ‘beleive’, on Squeebles Spellings, we get no more than a little sigh before they stoically try again. Bliss.
Squeebles Times Tables is also pretty perfect. It gives children the incentive needed to just keep trying and trying again to master those tables. With so many Squeebles to rescue, there’s hardly time to do their homework 😉
You can add multiple children to both apps and share tests between devices.
Piano Maestro by JoyTunes, free for basic or monthly subscription.
This is a fabulous app to get children (and their parents!) started with piano or complement lessons. You simply allow the microphone on your tablet and the app recognises whether you are playing the right notes. Again you can add multiple users so when you add competitive children and the prospect of LEVELLING UP first into the mix, you get a new-found passion for practice.
There is a lovely mix of current pop songs, classical music and traditional tunes so everyone should be happy. The accompanying music helps the beginner to quickly sound rather good and its a great way to practice sight reading and timing as the notes move across the screen.