*This post was written in collaboration with TinyTap. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you read my post on learning through play, you’ll know that education is paramount in our house. I want our girls to enjoy learning and to reap the benefits of a good education as they get older. At their tender age, learning can be frustrating and tiring, which is why I am an advocate for the idea of learning through play. Getting kids involved in fun activities that also teach them something, is one of the best ways to build the foundations of a good education.
If I’m honest, I’m more for our girls learning without the use of computers and tablets. Having said that, I know how important it is that they learn these skills too. That’s why I was so interested in trying out the TinyTap Educational App. TinyTap is a platform made up of educational games for children, created by teachers. The idea is that it turns screen time into a learning experience, rather than children getting lost in an irrelevant digital world.
Learning with TinyTap –
The TinyTap App is made up from over 150,000 interactive games, targeting subjects such as Maths and English among others; available in over 24 different languages. Once you’re logged into the app, you can choose your specific age range. This brings up games that are suitable for whoever is playing. If you have more than one child using the app, don’t worry this can be changed quickly and easily at the top of the screen.
TinyTap categories include: nature, social skills, holidays and language studies to name a few. Categories are also found at the top of the screen and can be switched between easily. My four year old finds navigating through the app simple, she’s able to move between games independently and as often as she likes. You’ll find that some games are free and others are part of subscription.
Guilt-free screen time –
Much like many other parents, I find that allowing our girls to have too much screen time leaves me feeling a little guilty. I always feel like I should be ‘Super Mum’ , with an activity planned for every second of the day. It’s just not feasible though, we all need time to get other things done. So having an app that teaches the kids something whilst they play, is a great way to remove the guilt that comes with screen time.
The quality of the games on the TinyTap App is very good. The expertise of the creators really shines through. It’s obvious very early on that this app is there to educate, not there to babysit. Turning screen time into a learning experience is a benefit to parents and children alike. This app has proven to me that I don’t need to feel bad about the kids using their tablets, I just need to make sure that they’re engaged in the right kind of activities.
Overall, I have been very impressed by the TinyTap App. It offers respite for parents and children, whilst engaging their brains at the same time. The fact that the app has been created by teachers gives the consumer peace of mind when it comes to downloading. There are so many different apps available to download all professing to be the best, but TinyTap really does offer quality and consistency across games.