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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 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

Happy Studio app - Inventor

How we supported the development of the all new Happy Studio

Who’s the biggest toy distributor in the world? It’s not who you’d guess. Believe it or not, with 20% of their sales including a toy, the answer is McDonald’s! Not only that but did you know they are also the biggest distributor of books in the UK? Their recent programme of giving out Roald Dahl…
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December 17, 2015 Tags:

What’s so great about the New Happy Studio from McDonalds?

Happy Studio from McDonalds launches today in the UK and at Fundamentally Children we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve been involved with the creation of this re-designed app since the concept phase. We are proud to have been involved in providing input to help ensure it is great fun for children whilst supporting their development…
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December 16, 2015

Can a Digital Detox at School and at Home really be a good thing?

Is a Digital Detox at School the Right way to Go?

Did you hear the Radio 4 PM’s segment this week on growing up without the internet(also recently covered by the Guardian and the Telegraph)? The approach of banning all technology at school and home taken by the featured school actively terrifies me – let me explain why. I’m always one for giving parents choice and…
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December 15, 2015 Tags: