a simple yet effective app which will makes completing chores fun
Chore Pad is a fantastic app which has been designed to help families and teachers manage tasks around the house or the class. The app was made five years ago and has been improved ever since with the latest version sporting new chore icons, new animations and sounds, colourful new themes and more. It may look simple but it is very effective and very addictive!
From the start, you can setup users and identify them with a name and photo. Once you have setup your users, you can setup a list of chores by giving each chore a name, a cute chore icon, a day or multiple days when the chore must be completed on and whether it is a task which happens weekly, every other week, every three/four or five weeks. You can then assign a number of stars next to the chore to reward the user with them once they tick off their completed chores off the list. You can also setup a payout list where you can determine what reward you can obtain once reaching a number of stars (i.e If the child reaches 10 stars, he can watch 30 mins of television etc.). There is also the added fun bonus of earning trophies after certain milestones. Once that is all setup you can assign chores to users and let the fun begin!
I am always on the lookout for apps which allow me to create a chores list for the house and this particular app is fantastic as it lets me do just that and once setup I don’t need to write up a new chores list every time! I setup chores for myself, my husband and my three year old very easily and assigned each of us some tasks to do. My three year old was happy to tick off her little tasks of feeding the dog and the cats and putting her shoes away and collect stars as a reward. While I realised that I might need to assign more chores to my husband to give me some more free time!
I really like this app as it lets us manage our family chores via our iPhones and iPad as it will sync our data between all installations using a free Dropbox account. It is also great that you can set a passcode in the app to stop children from creating/manipulating/deleting tasks and rewards. Also the app does not collect personal information, has no in-app purchases or ads which is an added relief.
Overall, this is a great app which makes it easy to manage chores and make sure they are completed around the house. Be warned as it is very effective and you will want to organise every aspect of your life with it not just chores around the house!
Great app for practicing the routine of school as well as packed with key early learning activities like colors, puzzles, sight words and more and will appeal to toddler through elementary school
What we’d love to see…
more free play opportunities such as on the playground and the whiteboard, ability to actually “read” the books and perhaps the use of a tablet as an activity
Fantastic app for children to practice early learning skills, routines and a great way to introduce your child to the school environment. I would recommend this app to all parents with a child starting preschool or kindergarten in the fall to help them acclimate!
Grandma’s Preschool by Fairlady Media for iOS reminds me of the preschool I used to attend as a little girl. There are lots of great activities (more than 20) and opportunities to try out new things like coloring, playing outside, using toys, practicing early academic skills like letters and numbers, having a snack, taking care of a class pet and playing with others. There are three primary characters in the app and after you get off the school bus you go into the preschool classroom.
This is a great app for practicing the routine of school which involves getting off a bus, selecting different activities in a preschool setting such as coloring or painting centers as well as having fun in a bright cheery environment. I also loved that the classroom had the day and month on the calendar to orient kids to the classroom environment. I also loved how the app practiced a variety of skills like sorting and counting out snack (make sure to put one of each type of food on the plate), counting and putting together a puzzle, match the colored block to the right space (this reinforces colors as well as encouraging early reading), sight words and more. Each of the activities is organized in such a fun way that kids don’t realize they are learning! The skills were intermixed within the app and often testers were so busy “playing” that they didn’t realize they were sorting blocks by color, moving around puzzle pieces to make a puzzle or painting a vowel and learning at the same time.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an opportunity for kids to draw on the whiteboard after it is erased, currently if you tap on it you can erase it but not write anything new. I’d also love to see a “shared” activity of some sort since sharing is such an important concept even if it’s two children playing on the floor together. I’d also love to see the ability to actually “read” the books – we took the opportunity with our tester when he clicked on the books to read a book off screen. Other nice to haves would be the ability to pick the number of pieces for the puzzle to make it easier for younger children and harder for older children. I’d also like to see more free play opportunities such as on the playground, reading books or even an iPad with an opportunity to play a mini game in the classroom.
This is a great app to use to expose your children to preschool or kindergarten and will be a great addition to your app library for a preschooler or early grade school child. The variety of activities will engage your children and the information covered in the app will engage and teach at the same time. I loved the variety of activities and how they changed each time you used the app which means that your child won’t memorize or grow bored with the app after a few uses. Fantastic app for children to practice early learning skills, routines and a great way to introduce your child to the school environment. I would recommend this app to all parents with a child starting preschool or kindergarten in the fall to help them acclimate!
routines, practicing listening skills, following directions
What we’d love to see…
use of utensils and more pots in the kitchen and different activities such as sorting laundry by type.
Overall, I think this is a great app to use with a preschooler or toddler to help them learn new word associations and practice them as well as routines
Monki Home – Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers by Monkium SL is a iOS app that will help your toddlers and preschoolers learn everyday words in a Spanish, English and Chineese. The app features four different mini games, the first of which is included in the app and the others are available via in-app purchases.
In order to unlock the in-app purchases you can either pay the fee, enter your email address and subscribe to their newsletter or share the app on social media. The in-app purchase portion of the app requires the use of a parental lock to ensure that tiny fingers are not in the iTunes store or other areas that they should not be.
The first mini game occurs in the kitchen, where character tells you want he wants to eat. You take the item from the refrigerator and then follow the directions like cooking it in a pan or putting it in the microwave. My son thought it was funny to serve food straight from the refrigerator, however, Elliott showed his distaste for the food by making a sad face when you did that. The second mini game has you putting laundry into the machine that is dirty, as you put each item into the machine it is named like socks, and shirt and after washing you hang them up. After that you iron selected clothes to help remove the excess water. In the next mini game you are in the bathroom where you follow a typical nighttime routine by brushing teeth and rinsing your mouth. Afterward you take a shower and rinse and dry off and put in your hair ornaments. In the final mini game you have to help clean up the bedroom by sorting toys according to the animals requests like “dirty pony”, big versus little, empty versus full. After completing you are rewarded with music and the toys dancing. My son’s favorite part was tucking the animals into bed at night.
I liked that the app had you follow a variety of steps in order to complete the tasks and wouldn’t let you advance until they were completed. This helped practice sequencing in addition to language. I also liked that the narration was clear and easy to follow for kids and that the characters switched jobs each time that you opened it. I also liked that you had to listen carefully in order to complete a task rather than just playing “the way you wanted to”.
In terms of improvements, I would like to see that the step has to be completed correctly in the kitchen as well as the use of a fork and knife or spoon as they eat the food. I would also like to see a few more pots in the kitchen as well as sorting the laundry by type or light versus dark.
Overall, I think this is a great app to use with a preschooler or toddler to help them learn new word associations and practice them as well as routines. This is fun for toddlers and preschoolers and I think will provide many hours of entertainment for children in that age group. I also think it could be used in speech therapy as well.
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Pre-set schedules save time when setting up the app, multiple child profiles, automatically added points saves the parent having to remember to mark tasks done multiple times a day
As tasks are time based doesn’t work as well for families who schedule changes often, or for having tasks which have no set day or time
The app is currently free and has no adverts or in-app purchases so if you are looking for a behavior/ chore motivator for your family it is definitely worth downloading to see if it is a good fit for your family. I think Bubu will most suit families who have a regular routine and who want to motivate their children to do their best within that routine.
Bubu – Motivate Your Child is an app designed to help parents motivate their children to be good family members. Parents create daily schedules for their children encompassing not just chores but also daily living activities such as completing their morning routine-brushing their teeth, getting dressed and ready for school, good behavior at school, taking part in extracurricular activities, completing their homework and going to bed on time without fighting it. Children earn points which can the be traded for whatever rewards the parent decides to create. The app is in English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.
The app has multiple user profiles, so it can be set up to suit families with multiple children. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod and iPad and can be set up on multiple devices for 2 parents and multiple children.
To set up the app you first need to create a parent profile and individual profiles for each child, once it is set up you can invite a second parent to join the family profile. When setting up a schedule for each child you have the option of using a pre-made schedule for a pre-school child, school-age child or creating your own schedule from scratch. If you choose to use a pre-made schedule you can edit it to fit your own child’s schedule, but it can save time to have the basics already entered e.g. morning routine, school, extracurricular activities, homework, bedtime. With a typical schedule a child earns around 10 points per day, but is encouraged to keep working to earn more as they also automatically have 3 points per day deducted. Parents can change how many points each activity is worth and decide the rules – do they earn the full points for homework if they complete it or only if they do so without arguing about doing it? Parents can also add any extra regular or bonus tasks they wish, and set certain tasks to appear only on specific days.
With most chore/ behavior apps I have come across you can set up daily schedules for the tasks, but you then need to go in manually and mark if they have been completed. Bubu takes a different approach -each task is allocated to a specific timeframe and once that time has passed it is assumed the task has been completed, and the child automatically receives the points. This saves the parent constantly needing to mark things done. If the child did not complete the task the parent can give it a thumbs down during its timeframe and they will not receive the points, or they can just deduct points from the days total. Parents can also add bonus points at any time.
The app comes with 4 pre-suggested rewards – ice-cream, McDonalds, T.V. and iPad, the parents can change the number of points needed to claim these or remove them entirely, they can also add their own rewards and decide how many points are required to claim them. There is also a option where the parents can set a points target a child needs to reach in order to claim a gift at Christmas or on their birthday and a countdown to each of these dates. These gifts can be edited also or changed to different dates.
Because the app relies on a time schedule for awarding points it does not have an option to set up tasks that can be done on any day or at any time. For instance if your child can earn 2 points for cleaning their room, you can set this in your schedule if they do this every Monday, but if they can do it any day you need to manually enter it every time they do the job. It would be nice to have a “bonus task pool” where you enter all the options for bonus tasks with their point value, but without having to specify a day or time, and then any day they do that job you could then add it to the days schedule with 1 tap.
There are a lot of different behavior/ chore apps on the market and what works best for one family won’t necessarily be ideal for others. I think Bubu will most suit families who have a regular routine and who want to motivate their children to do their best within that routine. If you have regular routine and your children mostly complete their tasks, then having the points added automatically is a nice feature and is easier than having to remember to add them all the time. On the other hand if your daily schedule is constantly changing, or if you want the flexibility to have chores and tasks available to be done any day the child chooses, this may not be the best app for you.
The app is currently free and has no adverts or in-app purchases so if you are looking for a behavior/ chore motivator for your family it is definitely worth downloading to see if it is a good fit for your family.
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