We have been lucky enough to put the new Appen through its paces.
The appen is a plug and play device for tablets and smartphones. There is a free downloadable app available from the Google Play store and the Apple Store, meaning it can be used on iphones and ipads and selected android based tablets.
The appen was really easy to set up, you literally download the app then plug it into the headphone socket on your device and follow the on screen instructions.
The first plus for me was the fact it doesn’t need batteries, meaning you can take it anywhere without having to worry about the batteries running out. A massive plus for any parent.
There are two separate sections on the app, one for 0-5 years and the other for 5 years plus. Each had games and activites aimed for these age groups.
Pops loved the fact she could sit and colour, which I must admit, I do too. It meant no mess. Also she loved being able to practise her letters and numbers, as she is currently learning them at school, so that was another added bonus.
There is even a bit where you can press animals and they make the noise. This is perfect for Beboo. The painting game has many different brushes, pens, pencils and colours to use. You can also choose pictures to colour in, like animals etc. We have had many a different colour giraffe.
We are yet to trail the games as the girls have been really taken with the learning apps, which is great. But it does comes with many games when the Appen can be used as a joystick and can have up to two players.
As we tend to take our smartphones and ipad everywhere, this will be a perfect addition for keeping the girls entertained when we are out and about. The fact that you can share your child’s drawing on social media was lovely, as even Nanny can see what she has been up to.
The Appen retails for around £14.99 which I think is a great price. It has kept the girls entertained for hours and I know it will for many more.