My Week That Was (W/E 14th February 2015)

Another busy week so not had much time for photos!

Daniel has been finding new places to put my iPhone (the HappyLand bus!) and feeding himself weetabix (spoons are for wimps LOL!)

I had Beef Rendang and Vietnamese pickles for lunch on Tuesday at our new work food fair. Can't wait to see what I try this week.

I ordered my Valentines Day card from Gin Bunny Prints and wrote it using my new Sheaffer pen – see #writingisforever and @natstatweek on Twitter for more

Hope you have a lovely week

Jo xx

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My Week That Was (W/E 7th February 2015)

On Sunday, I taught Thomas how to make an apple crumble

On Monday, Thomas fell over into a plant pot and hurt his nose. He is ok but has to be careful for the next few weeks while it heals

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was busy at work and didn't take a photo

On Thursday, I treated myself to a coffee and a toasted tea cake while Thomas was at preschool and Daniel slept in the pushchair

On Friday, Stuart and Thomas tested for Dino Tales iOS game

On Saturday, we went to the Little Black Pig for 'Bacon Day'. Despite the cold, we enjoyed seeing the pigs, eating bacon sandwiches and jumping in muddy puddles!

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Tech Review: Dino Tales iOS App

 

Over the past few days, we have been testing out Dino Tales, an iOS application designed by Kuato Studios to allow children aged 4-10 to explore a dinosaur island, discovering facts about dinosaurs and improving their vocabulary and story telling skills.

Thomas aged 3 is slightly below the games intended audience but as he loves dinosaurs and is quite advanced in his vocabulary, I knew we had to give it a go. When you first turn the game on, you tell it your child's name and age and it tailors the content specifically for them.

Dino Tales is not just a game, but is also a storybook and an encyclopaedia rich with Jurassic facts and fictions. Children can be both adventurer and storyteller as the game captures each play session – collating them into an digital Storybook, to be shared and read with parents.

There is also a parent's corner where you can change the game settings including the length of the game (ideal for younger players) and set a pin so it can only be played with adult supervision if you want to.

The game screen is above. You control your dinosaur by pressing on the footprint on the left hand side of the screen and moving it in the direction of the arrows. It took Stuart and I a little while to get to grips with the controls ourselves and Thomas could only control the dinosaur with help. Therefore, younger children will definitely need help with this for a little bit. I would expect that with a bit of practice that would be able to control the dinosaur fine.

If you get stuck during the game or want to know facts about dinosaurs, you can ask Darwin (a talking dinosaur powered by Siri) to help you out. It is powered by word wheels and really easy to use. In summary, the game has the following features:

  • Hatch 6 baby dinosaurs to play with and nurture
  • Explore a huge and incredibly rich 3D world with caves, forests, rivers and an erupting volcano
  • Use the ‘Word Wheels’ to ask Darwin, the talking dino any questions about dinosaurs
  • Play fun games and activities including the musical boneyard, river rapids, boulder bowling, lava slides and much more
  • Collect and learn about loads of different fossils and minerals
  • Turn each tale into a Storybook to be personalised and shared with others
  • Develop core skills including sentence construction, vocabulary, language and more

Overall, we liked the game and think Thomas will get a lot out of it as he gets older. You can watch an introductory video to the game here.

We tried this app out for free. All opinions are our own. I was not required to write a positive review

 

 

 

 

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