Posts Tagged ‘children’

Best iPad apps for children

Anyone who is lucky enough to have both children and an iPad will know what a great combination they make…

After exhaustive testing, here is my top 5 ipad apps for children

  1. Toca Hair Salon.  The team at Toca Boca have got iPad games for children completely sewn up.  Innovative, playful and delightful, from the quirky illustrative style to the intuitive game play, their games are some of the best around.  It’s hard to choose a favourite but Hair Salon wins for me because it appeals to all ages, from 4 up to around 10.
  2. The Monster at the End of This Book.  It’s Grover from Sesame Street and he’s very worried about the monster at the end of the book, so much so that he will try to stop you turning the pages.  You probably won’t get hours and hours of use out of it but it’s very funny and engaging. Perfect for ages four to six.
  3. Tiny Bang Story (see screenshot).  I’m not sure that strictly speaking this was created solely for children but my 10 year old loves this beautiful, immersive game.  There are no instructions and you have to work out what to do.  If you like clear game rules and direction then you may find this frustrating but I think the reason it appeals so much to children is because they aren’t yet in the adult mindset of rules and instructions.
  4. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox.  For younger children, around two to five years, this is a cute, fun game where children have to count, recognise colours and play simple games.  Get a game right and they can choose a virtual sticker and put it on their wall. Have never met I child who doesn’t like this game.
  5. Angry Birds.  Unless you live on the moon, chances are you’ll be aware of this game. Equally fun whether you’re 5, 10 or, ahem, slightly older.

A new chapter with a dramatic twist

Exciting times.

I’ve just become a shareholder and director in Pyjama Drama, a fantastic company that offers drama, movement and creative play classes to two – seven year olds.  A bit of a departure from what I’ve been doing until now?  Well yes and no.  I’ve always loved drama and although I didn’t take it any further than A-level, I’m completely convinced of the value that children get out of learning drama skills; namely creativity, communication and confidence. I should probably make it absolutely clear, that this isn’t about teaching children how to become a ‘star’ a la Britain’s Got Talent, it’s about helping them to develop their creativity and imagination.

Pyjama Drama has been going a couple of years and has 11 franchises across the UK.  There is an absolute ton of potential and it’s really exciting to come onboard and help grow and shape the business.  As we’re still effectively a start-up and everything will be ploughed back into the company, I will be carrying on with my other work for now and dividing my time between the two.  Hopefully some of my pr and social media skills will help us to raise the profile of the business.

I’ll still be keeping this blog running but do have a look at Pyjama Drama, (we’ll be giving the site a complete overhaul very soon) and if you know anyone who has drama skills and is looking for a new venture, then send them our way.