As a mum, I’m become somewhat of a self-styled (i.e. totally amateur) videographer, documenting – or attempting to – every possible momentous happening in my toddler’s thus far spectacular time on the planet.
The result is approximately three years’ worth of footage of, mostly, nothing. Absolute non-events. Because, 9 times outta ten, it takes FOREVER for your kid to actually do whatever it is you’re camera-poised for them to do. Continue reading
Right from their earliest moments in-utero, children are exposed to music – the deep bass thump of mum’s heart; the rhythmic cadence of her voice; the curious, ever-changing tympani of external sounds, filtered and made melodious through the ebb and flow of water.
Once on the outside, your little one may not necessarily want to turn virtuoso, but the world of music can still be an incredible tool for creative self-expression, mindfulness, and, of course, an endless source of enjoyment – simply from an listener’s perspective. Continue reading
Big news for little digital natives — and their parents – the YouTube Kids app has finally been released here in the UK, which means less stress over finding appropriate content for young ones (and possibly even more Peppa Pig screen time than you thought imaginable).
Previously unavailable outside of the US, the kid-safe app offers a wide selection of shows, but particularly emphasises local talent, with solid British faves both contemporary and retro, including The Magic Roundabout, Wallace and Gromit, Morph, and of course, that precocious piggy, Peppa. Continue reading
Tech time for youngs ones has a bad rep — and often with sound reason; but this particular app is refreshingly different from all the mind-numbing, zombifying screen-sop out there.
Based on David McKee’s beloved children’s book about an elephant who goes on a jaunt through the jungle, meeting up with all its weird and wonderful denizens, the app encourages the very same curiosity inherent in the story.
What do you get when you combine the hypnotic allure of interactive screen-time with a precocious, porcine, mini celeb?
A sparkly app that’ll keep your tot mesmerised for at least the length of time it takes to lock yourself in the loo for a few blessed moments of respite — and then reflect upon that time long ago when you swore you’d never resort to the magic tricks of technology to distract the kids.