'Are we nearly there yet?...How many more corners?...I'm boooored!'
Many a parent/babysitter/long-suffering Uncle/Aunt will have heard the plaintive cry from their little darlings, but now instead of telling them to count purple cars or try and recite the alphabet sideways, it is easy to both entertainandeducate kids with the help of these top-rated apps:
Starting with the more recognisable sounds like cat and dog, this app can help you keep young ones entertained as they try and guess crocodile and hippopotamus. In his review on WP Central, George Ponder reckons it can be used both to educate younger children with the recorded not synthesised sounds, AND drive spouses and pets crazy.
Cost: Free in the Marketplace Availability: Everywhere In a nutshell: Finger painting on your phone
I was intrigued by how this would be different to other drawing apps, so downloaded it and handed my Lumia 800 to my 7 year old alter ego (we all have a child inside us) to have a play. I have to say I was impressed as both a child and an adult with the ease of which I could draw freehand or use one of the option images to make my own (yes, I didn’t draw the pumpkin myself), and include photos from the camera roll. As Philstar.com says – ‘let their imagination come to life‘. Mine did.
I’ve covered the Kinectimals before on these pages but they are well worth another mention for anyone new to the realm of gaming on the Nokia Lumia and the Xbox. As Jay so eloquently put it in hisreview it’s a ‘crowd pleaser across all ages’.
Cost: Free in the Marketplace Availability: Everywhere In a nutshell: Bounce your way to entertainment