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Why Kids Shouldn't have New Year's Resolutions

Why Kids Shouldn’t Have New Year’s Resolutions

Now is a great time to look back on what we have achieved throughout the last year and make a plan for how we want the next year to go. It is also the time that many of us set New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to keep our plans on track. However we can…
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December 29, 2015

Good App Guide's List of Top Children's App Developers for 2015

Good App Guide’s Top Children’s App Developers 2015

When browsing for apps it’s handy to have an idea of which developer to look for – some are particularly good at educational apps, while others have wonderful creative games. Our App Developer’s of the Month have designed apps that are popular with our experts and little testers alike. In 2015 we’ve had some fantastic developers who have really earned the…
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December 28, 2015

Good Toy Guide's List of Top Scorers for 2015

Good Toy Guide’s Top Scoring Toys in 2015

This year we’ve seen the popularity of digital toys explode and as technology improves there are an increasing number of toys that offer amazing play experiences. They also allow children to explore educational topics with hands-on experimentation. Where traditional toys couldn’t give much output to children, we’re now seeing toys that can help guide children’s…
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December 27, 2015 Tags:

Good App Guide's Favourite Language & Reading Apps 2015

Good App Guide’s Favourite Language & Reading Apps 2015

Apps can be great for teaching children reading and languages – they can encourage children to practise tracing letters, spelling, phonics and more. For younger children, familiarising them with letter sounds and shapes is the key foundation to build their reading and language skills from. As they get older children will benefit from reading and learning phonics to…
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December 25, 2015

Good App Guide's Favourite Maths Apps 2015

Good App Guide’s Favourite Maths Apps 2015

Maths isn’t always a popular subject but with fun apps and games even reluctant learners will enjoy practising their skills! For pre-schoolers, it is important to teach them not just numbers and counting but also knowledge of other maths concepts such as pattern recognition. Older children will benefit from practising their times tables and learning different…
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December 25, 2015

Good App Guide's Favourite Apps for 6-8 Year Olds 2015

Good App Guide’s Favourite Children’s Apps for 6-8 Year Olds 2015

At the 6 – 8 age range apps that stand out for us are those that help children learn or develop without being overtly educational. By this age children are at school and become increasingly reluctant to spend time on obviously ‘educational’ apps. However, they love playing games with a goal in mind and solving challenging puzzles…
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December 25, 2015

Good App Guide's Favourite Children's Apps 2015

Good App Guide’s Favourite Children’s Apps 2015

We’ve had so many fabulous children’s apps submitted to us for review this year. Over 40 have reached our ‘Recommended’ status meaning they received at least 12 stars across our 3 ratings for fun, skill development and ease of use (each out of 5). In fact we also had our first 2 apps ever to…
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December 25, 2015 Tags:

Good App Guide's Favourite Apps for Preschoolers 2015

Good App Guide’s Favourite Children’s Apps for Preschoolers 2015

In their early years children are starting to develop the key skills they will need to support them through life. Developing a child’s social and emotional skills is particularly important at this age as well as their understanding of the world. Apps that encourage a child’s imagination and creativity are great for this which is why these…
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December 25, 2015

Family Christmas Games

Family Christmas Games

Family games are great fun for all ages and are perfect for relationship building. They help children learn about friendly competition, develop social skills such as effective communication and practise strategic thinking. If you’ve finished off all of your board games or you’re looking for games to play that require little or no materials, here are…
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December 23, 2015 Tags:,

Managing Children's Expectations at Christmas

Managing Children’s Expectations of Christmas

Christmas is the highlight of many children’s calendars. With so much hype about it children can get carried away with their expectations of what Christmas entails. In times of financial restraint, it’s worth looking at how to manage children’s expectations and ensure that parents don’t feel badgered into over-spending and getting themselves into debt in…
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December 22, 2015