Summer holiday app picks
You can’t always think of something to keep the kids busy during the holidays, especially with the dreadful weather conditions that the Island has seen over the last few weeks, so we’ve compiled our favourite 5 apps for iOS and Android for a range of ages to help you have a quieter car journey or just half an hour of peace at home.
A fun and colourful action game from long-established developers Miniclip.com which has been floating around the top ten charts for both operating systems since it’s launch. This is an easy to navigate aim and shoot game with 41 weapons and characters to choose from. You can even compete in a multiplayer format and earn endless rewards. This game has a recommend age of 12+ and older children and adults alike will be hooked.
Mr Jump is a simple, fast paced and addictive game for all ages to play (recommended 3+). Your character is Mr Jump and you must make your way through various exciting levels from start to finish, jumping over obstacles such as spikes and platforms that come your way. There are dozens of levels within Mr Jump so it’s bound to keep players busy for quite a while.
*Top Tip* The sound effects can begin to grate slightly, so make sure the children have headphones or you turn your volume down slightly before it puts you off!
No adverts, no in-app purchases and a parental lock option makes this app ideal for younger users. It includes all your children’s favourite characters from CBeebies and what we particularly love is that the games are designed so that your little ones are learning whilst having fun. You are even able to customise the app with your child’s name and although it may request access to the microphone and camera, it assures users that any information entered is secure and never leaves the device (i.e is not sent to the BBC or any partners).
We recently featured this app in another blog instalment, but we thought it deserved another mention as it is such a great app for the summer holidays. The idea is that for every kilometre you ride your bike on the Newport to Cowes cycle track, you raise money for an Isle of Wight charity! This month’s charity is The Rainbow Club who support children with special needs, so it’s a fantastic cause to get your children involved with raising money for – of course you’ll need to wait until the rain has passed, unless you’re feeling brave!
We couldn’t feature top apps for children without mentioning a Lego game. Lego Ninjago is a fun, free game featuring – you guessed it – ninjas. The aim of the game is to design your own character and play with Zane, Nya, Jay, Cole and Kai to battle evil and save Ninjago Island.
With more than 60 levels this game is bound to be a hit with players 7 and up.