KIDLOLAND: Coding For Kids

If you're a parent, chances are you've encountered KidloLand at some point or another. However if you are not familiar with KidloLand, you really need to find out what it's all about. I honestly cannot tell you how much we love the app, it's something that my daughter loves to watch and with this app we can continue to encourage her learning. KidloLand is jam-packed with Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Games, Stories and Activities that will be sure to engage any pre-schooler and promote further interaction.  The app teaches about different fruits, vegetables, animals, ABCs, numbers and shapes just to name a few. But what makes this app even better is that while my daughter plays with each activity she is learning something new each time. So when I heard that KidloLand has another app, Coding For Kids we had to give this one a try.

Before we get into the review, I guess we really need to find out what this app is all about. As the name suggests, it's an app that focuses on basic coding for children. It teaches coding with fun games like fire fighting and playing a dentist. Kidloland Coding improves problem solving skills, boosts memory and increases logical thinking skills and time management. With this essential coding app, writing a series of functions will make the game do something. If you write the code correctly, you will move onto the next level, however if you make a mistake there are prompts to help you get back on track. There are 11 coding games for kids: Little Firefighter, Monster Dentist, Dress Up, Build Your House, Connect the Dots, Garbage Truck, Pop The Balloons, Chomp the Fruits, Ice Cream Time, Smoothie Maker and Music Jam. 

Let's Take a Closer Look

Firstly the app itself is really simple to download and as soon as you do, it's just a couple of clicks and you can begin your coding adventure. At first I thought that perhaps this would be too much for my three year old to understand but with the consistent narration and prompts, she understood very quickly. 

We couldn't wait to get started followed the introduction and the prompts. The first game that we tried was the 'Monster Dentist', mainly because my daughter is completely obsessed with brushing her teeth by herself at the moment. As the you can imagine with the Monster Dentist game, you have to move the toothbrush to the dirty tooth. Use commands like 'Left' and 'Down' to get the brush where it needs to go; then select the 'Brush' command to clean that sucker up!

You have to line up all of your commands in a row, and then click 'Play' to run in the sequence correctly. If you get the sequence correct, a cute little animation dances to the next level. If not, go back and fix what you missed by dragging out the incorrect command or re-ordering. My daughter is three years old, so she's younger than the recommended age for the app, with encouragement she understood how the game worked and began to understand what she needed to do. 

Seeing as my daughter is still quite young, I did think that she wouldn't be able to get to grips with the app. But surprisingly she really took to the app, and soon figured out what she needed to do. I have also used this app with a few other children aged 5 & 6 and they really enjoyed playing with the app. It was so easy and simple for them to navigate around the app, the layout was perfect. The children would be able to get from one part of the app to another and back again. I also like the fact that this game had such a variety of games for the children to choose from. My daughter's favourite parts of the app are the Monster Dentist & Pop the Balloons. I really enjoyed the building a house part of the app, but this was a little difficult for my daughter to get to grips with. But I think that over a little time she would be able to figure it out. I really thought that the graphics were a really good quality. My daughter is completely obsessed with all the character in the app and always wants to play with 'The Star with Glasses'. There are a few other characters that she likes, such as the pig and the monster from the Monster Dentist, she loves him. 

My daughter will play with the app with me for a good 20-30 minutes, with a keen and constant interest. But like toddlers do, her attention span begins to filter off just a little. But will continue to play with encouragement. My daughter loves this app and when she sees my phone she will always ask for the 'Star with Glasses' and I know exactly what she wants to do. Despite all the fantastic things with this app, there are parts that I didn't like. When you are trying to place your prompts into sequence but make a mistake, going back to make changes is a lot harder to figure out. So much so that even I had a press a couple of buttons before discovering that it was the undo button. We also noticed that you cannot click through or skip past a tutorial in one of the games; that doesn’t take too much of your time, but I think some kids in the older age range might get a bit frustrated. However, despite these minor dislikes I would still recommend the app. I think that it’s really great that the app and all levels of all eleven games are free through December 31, 2017. You can go and visit Kidloland's website here, or get Coding for Kids for Google Play here and for iOS here.