I'm a great fan of children's apps. I believe that 'screen time' doesn't have to be seen as a bad thing when done in moderation and I actually think they can be a really beneficial learning tool as well as a fun activity for your kids.
We discovered children's apps when Wilf was about two years old and give them full credit for averting boredom when travelling. A few times I've had to travel long journeys with Wilf by myself and there is nothing worse than getting to that point on the journey when your child has had enough. They are also a great treat for afternoon slumps when you both need a rest and as we don't have a television I feel happy to let him play on them for a couple of hours a day.
One of Wilf's all time favourite apps actually happens to be Ocean Swimmer by Sago Mini, I'm not quite sure how we stumbled across it but I immediately loved the colours and illustrations as well as the humour to the animations. Sago Mini games aren't garish like some children's apps can be and I also love the non-competitive element that seems to run through them all.
Sago Mini asked if we (well Wilf!) would like to try out their new Fairy Tales app and see what we thought. The Fairy Tales app follows a similar structure to the Ocean Swimmer game Wilf loves so much which was an immediate plus point. Jinja the cat is the main character and flys around an enchanted forest meeting fairy tales characters. What I loved about this game was the cross over from fairy tales we know so well and the Sago Mini interpretation of the characters.
I love that it still holds the 'silliness' that amuses children and parents alike as well as a gentle exploration of the world in the game. What I find really interesting is how much Wilf likes to talk about what is going on whilst he is playing and using his imagination to describe why each character might be doing what they are doing in the animation.
We made a little video if you would like to see a little more and you can download the app here to play the game for yourself!
Sago Mini are giving the first ten people to comment on this post a free code to download so you can try the game out for yourself (or rather your little ones can!).
In association with Sago Mini you can find more of their games here