This is a sponsored post written on behalf of MomSelect. All thoughts are my own.
With technology being such a big part of our lives today, the options can be overwhelming. Deciding which apps are best for our kids can be a challenge at times.
Personally, I prefer apps that are engaging and interactive, as well as educational. The new Noddy Toyland Detective app is all of these things, and more.
About the app
Based on the popular TV series, that currently airs on the Sprout channel and is available for streaming on Netflix, Noddy Toyland Detective was created by Kuato, in collaboration with Dreamworks Animation.
Designed for kids age 5 and under, this exciting app is full of adventure, as well as storytelling, learning, and plenty of creative fun.
Noddy Toyland Detective was developed with the help of teachers, parents, and children, to ensure an appropriate range of literacy skills and aptitudes.
How it works
Children play as Noddy, with the help of his friends Bumpy Dog and Revs the car, using critical-thinking and literacy skills to solve mysteries. Each time a mystery is solved, a personalized storybook is generated, for parents and kids to read together. These stories provide a wonderful resource for supporting children’s language skills.
Through interactive mini-games and activities, children have the opportunity to become a Toyland Detective, asking questions to uncover clues, and using the ‘Who, What, Where Book’ to help them along the way.
With so many options, from creating musical masterpieces with the Pirate Band, painting and decorating Revs the car with colorful shapes, and helping to solve jigsaw puzzles, there is plenty to keep kids entertained and learning.
What kids learn
Kids will use a variety of early literacy skills as they navigate through the app. They’ll build investigation skills by discovering challenges, remembering information, collecting, listening, problem-solving, and making connections.
Noddy Toyland Detective encourages children to develop language skills through reading and storytelling. As they play, kids will also learn patterns, sequencing, word knowledge, comprehension, sentence structure, vocabulary, social skills, creativity, and so much more.
Why parents love the app
Noddy Toyland Detective contains no advertising and has no in-app purchases, so there is no need to worry about kids viewing inappropriate advertisements, or accidentally making purchases while exploring the app.
One of my favorite features, is the password-protected area just for parents, where you can easily choose the length of time your child plays the game, receive email notifications, and find tips about using the app with your child.
My youngest son has been having so much fun with the Noddy Toyland Detective app. He’s a huge car fan, so the fact that he gets to drive a car around the city, and can stop to change the paint color or design, is his favorite aspect of the game.
He also really enjoys the puzzles and characters, as well as the feeling of success as he finds clues and solves the mysteries.
This app is an engaging way to extend learning, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to practice new skills, such as reading and following directions.
Is your child a fan of the Noddy TV series? What do you think they will love most about this app?
We want to make it easy for you and your child to enjoy this educational gaming experience, so we’re giving away a $25 iTunes gift card to one of you.
There are two ways to enter for your chance to win:
- Leave a comment below, sharing what excites you most about this app.
- Fill out the Rafflecopter form, and follow the instructions for additional entries.
This giveaway will run from 6/29/17 – 7/4/17. The winner will be randomly selected, and notified via email.