There is a time when Jess wants a little bit of time when she has quiet time. Sometimes she will use YouTube but that does mean that she can access anything. I do not have any parental control on the app. However, recently we were contacted by Hopster. Who area learning and TV app for children who are between the ages of 2-5 years.
Screen time has allowed Jess to be able to learn a lot of her numbers and colours . It also gives me a break when maybe she has been a little bit full on. I do not want her to push me too much or I need to do something which means she needs to actually entertain herself. Hopster is also a great app to download if you happen to be traveling. This is something which Jess used so much when we used to commute.
We have been using Hopster for a couple of months now. This has allowed us to form actual opinions. We have used previous apps in the past. We have noticed that even when you have paid they still sometimes have adverts. Of course, this can be annoying. This is something which you do not have on Hopster it is 100% advert free. This does mean that Jess stays on the app. Rather than actually getting on something else which causes her to get annoyed.
The app is far from basic they have so much on it including
- Plus a themed area which changes regularly
The shows can be downloaded which means there is no need to your data when your out and about. This is something which I love because there is nothing worse than having no data left. The choices of shows on there include Pingu, Ben and Holly, Thomas and also Fireman Sam. I have actually downloaded some of them to my phone so that when Jess is losing her mind. Maybe when she needs to wait for something such as food I can give her this to ease the meltdown. I think there are around 800 shows which means that Jess should not get bored of the same episodes.
The books section is one which we love. Jess loves books and not always been at home means reading can be hard. There are some of our favourite stories on the app including the tiger who came to tea which is one that I have loved since my own childhood. There are also a number of books which I have not heard of on the app because it is always amazing to be able to find more books. Again there is such a good selection which means your child can not get bored with the books.
Painting is something which Jess adores but she is only able to do at nursery. This is because we do not have the space to be able to paint when we are at Daddy’s. I can not wait till we can craft at the new house. Jess for sure loves to be able to paint and create artwork on Hopster . Regularly I find Jess has saved pictures onto my camera roll. She even has used it in the car when I do not want Jess to nap because the trip is not too far. I think that this is great should you not be able to do traditional arts and crafts.
I have had a lot of fun on the games with Jess. A couple of our favourites on Hopster include the app where you have to collect the flies and feed them to the frog. I know this is one which Jess enjoys playing on as well. I know that another game which Jess loves on the game is the alphabet hotel which is where you have find the same letter as your playing on. There is also trace the letter and make words using the letter. This is something which Jess can spend hours playing on. I think this is the way she has learned a lot of the alphabet along with attending nursery. I am glad to see that over the time which we have been using Hopster Jess’s knowledge has increased. This I do put down to the fact that she has been playing games which are educational.
Hopster is available via a paid subscription for £3.99 a month, £19.99 for 6 months or £34.99 for 12 months. There is no contract and you can cancel the subscription at any point. You do get 1 month free trail which means that you can see if the app is for you before paying for it. Personally I feel for the amount of quality content and the variety you get, the prices are great value for money. Once subscribed you can then access Hopster on multiple devices. This is something which I need to do but it on Joe’s phone so I do not always lose my phone to Jess.
Have you used Hopster with your child? If so what did you think?
We were given a subscription to Hopster in exchange for review, however, all thoughts as my own.