What is it
Can-Do Child® is all about play and using fun and everyday offline activities to help children develop essential life skills such as resourcefulness, resilience, critical thinking, and more. The app is for parents and educators to act as a resource. It’s full of activity ideas to use both indoor and outdoor, at home or out and about. There are activities to make day-to-day experiences more beneficial and fun, and ideas for activities to do in your spare time (like their ‘Talking Art’ activity).
This app is the first in a series and focused on communication skills. Activities can be browsed by age: 3-5, 5-7, 7-11, or by skill. The skills in this edition include:
- Responding to others
- Giving and following instructions
- Listening and questioning
- Speaking and listening
- Reading and writing
For example, encouraging your child to be a weather presenter or a film critic. For younger ones, encouraging them to talk about their day through art with the Picture my Day activity, even taking the whole family out on a Poetry Hunt! All these and more will help your child develop important life skills in communication such as speaking, listening, presenting, and more in a way that’s easy and fun! There are several videos of families carrying out the activities to inspire you, and you can even save your favourite activities to come back and try again later.
The app also offers optional push notifications to provide regular activity ideas to inspire busy parents.
Developed by professionals, these enjoyable and rewarding activities provide parents with a resource away from the screen to help develop your child’s confidence and skills in all areas of communication, supporting them on their Can-Do Child® journey.
What our team of testers said
"It make tasks like shopping much more fun for the children." - Parent of 4.5 year old
"This provides useful information for a parent with a child with communication issues." - Parent of 4 year old
"Lovely ideas for family time that could help kids develop skills at the same time." - Parent of 9 year old
- Invaluable collection of offline activities for children of different ages and abilities
- The activities inspire parents to use fun activities to develop a wide range of communication skills
- Supports the development of enterprising children who have those all-important life skills such as resourcefulness, inventiveness, and showing initiative.
What our experts think
We love what Can-Do Child® are all about – using play to help children become enterprising. For us this means giving children all the skills to not just function as an adult but to continually show initiative and resourcefulness in whatever they do. As you will see in the video above, our very own Dr. Amanda Gummer is delighted to lend her and the Good Play Guide’s endorsement to the programme.
This app is a fantastic resource – there is no doubt this deserves 5 stars for our skill development rating. All the parents who tested this app confirmed how beneficial the activities are for the children. It really is a gold mine of ideas – some you can pat yourselves on the back for already doing, some will inspire you to try things you do regularly in a different way and others you will no doubt never have thought of. There are certainly ideas in here the Good Play Guide team will be trying for years to come with their children at home! It’s well worth taking the time to explore.
We love that you don’t have to go out and buy up your local craft store to do these either – the resources that are easy to get hold of, and many activities do not require any at all.
The concept of push notifications to inspire you on a regular basis to try something new also really appealed to some of parents (and is easy to turn off for those who aren’t so keen).
This is a handy, visually designed app with a professional feel providing a great resource for parents.
- Brands: Can-Do-Child
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 12.2 or later
- App Types: Homeschool Resources
Parenting & behavioural aids
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Learning to read
Learning to write
Listening and attention
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Personal, social & emotional development
Responsibility & commitment
Speech, language and communication skills
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing