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KidzGrow – The Child Development App

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

KidzGrow is a skills development mobile application available for both iOS and Android devices. The app contains activities for children aged 0-6 and can be customised to a child’s age. Suggested activities support five domains of development: Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills,  speech-language skills, social skills. The app provides personalised feedback after a child has completed an activity and an overall progress summary for  each set of skills indicating the percentage of activities achieved, not achieved and not attempted.

Teacher Review

KidzGrow is a skills development mobile application available for both iOS and Android devices. The app contains activities for children aged 0-6 and can be customised to a child’s age. Suggested activities require support from a parent or caregiver and they take place ‘outside’ the app, in the physical environment. Parents are given detailed guidance as to how to implement an activity in different forms: (a) a detailed text description about the activity accompanied by images of the items needed to carry out the activity, (b) a step by step guidance with instructions and images detailing how e.g., a ball should be thrown to a child or what the parent should say to encourage a specific behaviour, and (c) a video showing how to enact the activity.  As stated by designers, the apps allows parents to access activities that relate to the next 3 months of a child’s development while new activities are introduced monthly according to the child’s age. Parents can create a different profile for each of their children with information including the name, gender and birthday of each child.

Suggested activities support five domains of development: Gross motor skills (e.g., walks downstairs with no support), fine motor skills (e.g., imitates an oblique cross), cognitive skills (e.g., recognises partially revealed items), speech-language skills (e.g., says “thank you” and “please” appropriately), social skills (e.g., helps out with simple adult shores). The app organises the activities around these areas and according to the age of the child and this helps parents choose the area they are more interested in developing. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the app is the provision of personalised feedback after a child has completed an activity i.e., whether the child was able to do the activity or it is not yet ready along with suggestions as to how the child could improve the respective skill. In addition, the app provides a personalised dashboard for each child providing an overall progress summary for  each set of skills and indicating the percentage of activities achieved, not achieved, and not attempted.

As both a parent and a teacher, I would say that KidzGrow is a well-designed app that could be used as a tool to mediate communication between parents and children, give inspiration to parents as to what activities they can do with their children depending on their age and ensure quality interactions that support learning and development. The instructions as to how to do an activity are very clear and straightforward that could be easily used by any parent or caregiver and ensure that the activity would be effectively enacted. As points of criticism, I would say that it is relatively expensive to buy the full set of activities (£2.99 for the addition of another child and £6.89 for a 2-years package for children 3-5 years old). It is also a limitation that the app requires a constant wi-fi connection to work as a lot of these activities could be done outside one’s home where internet connection may not be available. A minor usability comment,  the ‘share on facebook’ button does not work - it shuts the app down.

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In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 3rd Party

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Developer Description

The KidzGrow App is the complete child development tool for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 6 years old.

Downloaded in more than 80 countries, the KidzGrow App is a top-ranked child development app in multiple countries, including the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The KidzGrow App can be downloaded for free, and parents will be able to access 1 months' activities with reference to the child's age at any time, absolutely free. Best of all, new activities will be introduced every month for each child so that parents can over time access activities from all 5 development domains!

Every month, all parents will get customised notifications on new activities for each child - so that your child does not miss any development milestone.

With the KidzGrow App, personalized professional advice - on how to help a child develop and meet established child development milestones - is now easily and affordably available to parents and caregivers everywhere.

The content in the KidzGrow App is developed for children from birth to 6 years old by a team of child development professionals with extensive clinical experience, with a focus on 5 development domains:

• Gross Motor Skills
• Fine Motor Skills
• Cognitive Skills
• Speech-Language Skills
• Social Skills

In the app, specially designed activities are prescribed for each child based on the child's age. Parents and caregivers can easily carry out these activities with the child by using items that are usually found at home. Illustrations and animation are used extensively in the app to make it really easy to follow the instructions for the activities.

Based on the parent or caregiver's observation of the child during each activity, there are important post-activity analyses that explain the child's progress, as well as suggestions on more activities that can help the child develop further.

Download the KidzGrow App now and try out the free activities!

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