Coding the musical – teaching girls to code through play.

β€œCoding, the Musical” is a completely free interactive musical that teaches basic coding concepts to kids aged 4 to 8, designed specifically for girls!

Children are introduced to coding by creating their own characters and building their own musical story worlds.

The purpose of “Coding, the Musical” is to get girls engaging with computer science in a fun, playful and extremely creative environment so that they fall in love with coding and want to learn more!

  • 20 beautifully animated interactive stories,
  • 60 songs,
  • 40 games and
  • 5 fundamental coding concepts

lots of learning, lots of fun!

Coding is a great way to develop logic and problem solving skills in children. But it has more than just cognitive benefits, it’s also socially important that girls learn to code.

Coding is the language of the 21st century and it is extremely important that both genders have a voice.

As technology develops, we need to make sure that girls are a part of what is becoming an increasingly powerful political and economic force.

Download Free

Unfortunately this app is only available for Apple users.

For more information view this short preview video: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=V3Dzahqo5Us

“Coding, the Musical” breaks coding concepts down to their essential logic so that young kids can understand, and enjoy them.

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Tree of life App

Have you ever heard of a “brelfie”?

WHAT IS A “BRELFIE”?

A BRELFIE is a selfie chosen to make breastfeeding even more beautiful than what it already is.

How does it work ?

The app allows you to add a magical Tree of Life to their pictures, and the effect is nothing short of stunning.

You can either download pictures from the internet or use the app’s Tree of Life sticker pack.

You can also add other magical effects.

How to use the App

Moms have been sharing their BRELFIES on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags.

#TreeOfLife

#brelfie

Why share this ?

Moms are sharing not only to highlight the beauty of breastfeeding but also to reduce the outdated stigma of breastfeeding in public.

Our first Adventure clubs adventure.

A PICNIC IN THE PARK 

We’ve been working through our January Bucket list.

One of the items on our list was a picnic in the park. Now , picnics are no fun alone so I decided to try setting up an adventure with the Adventure clubs app.

As you know , I love this app and was eager to try it out.

You can read more about the app here.

How it works 

It was really easy to create the event after you’ve downloaded the app.

Once you log on, you are given a home page which shows you your adventures and gives you a tab to create an adventure.

Home screen menu

From here you click create and follow the steps. 

STEP 1 

Pick one of the many categories.

Pick a catagory

STEP 2

Fill in the details about your adventure.

  • Title 
  • Date
  • Time
  • Day
  • Location (a map is provided . This is so helpful especially to those like me who can get lost anywhere)
  • A description of the adventure
  • Number of people
  • Age range
Fill in the details

STEP 3

Be a bit more descriptive. Give your new adventure friends a few more clues on how to be prepared for the day out.

Tell them :

  • Is it inside or outside
  • What to bring along
  • How much it costs
  • What to wear.  
  • Is the area pram friendly or not ? (After lugging my pram around these holidays this has become a vital question for me)
  • Where to park
Be more descriptive

And….

Your adventure is ready!

Our adventure

Our experience 

 I loved that I received a message each time someone commented or sent an R.S.V.P.

I also liked that it was a safe space to message each other as these were all strangers meeting.

I found it easy to set up and easy to use.

The morning of our adventure I received a reminder which in our busy lifestyles is fantastic and means we won’t double book an event.

How did the Adventure go?

I was a bit dissapointed in the turn out. Only one other parent from 4 made it to the picnic. An awesome dad and his little boy.  

Neither of us were too peturbed and we ended up including 2 other picnic groups with us .

So at the end of the day it was an amazing day and little bear enjoyed a picnic in the park with his new friends.

Picnic time for teddy bears

Finding the balance

I’ve always been a no screen mom. 

Having spent my time trying to pry an ex husband from his Xbox and bribing my older teens to leave the pc or tv and get outside, I’m not a fan of too much technology. I’ve never played an Xbox, Wii, PlayStation or game on my phone or the pc. I also don’t watch tv. 
So, it was only natural with little bear that i wasn’t going to allow screen time of any kind .

Yea right! 

Who was I kidding ? With teen siblings and a mom who works online I feel I failed before starting πŸ™ˆ

I’m not even sure I was that amazed at myself when I downloaded his first Ficher Price Apps onto my tab. As an educator I know how influential screen time can be if it’s used correctly.

15 months later , little bear has inherited my tab which he now uses himself, can navigate the tv remote, poses for selfies on my phone and loves watching Barney on YouTube.

Giant parent fail

But then I sat with a mommy friend the other day and explained how my thinking had changed since I had little bear. 

It wasn’t so much about taking these technology items, that form most of our daily lives out of his life, but to expose him to a diverse world and put healthy boundaries in place to teach him balance.

They don’t make this parenting gig easy do they 😣

So how do we do this

For me it’s to allow him access and teach him how to use the technology around him but to also show him all the amazing things to do that don’t require a device or app, so that he doesn’t rely on technology to entertain him.

To take him outside as much as I can so that he learns to live the natural world and becomes curious enough to explore the places and things he doesnt know about. 

To develop his love of reading so he readily turns to a book to fuel his imagination and to encourage his creativity so that his hands always have something to do.

If we have spent our day learning at school, playing outside, riding our bikes, helping mom cook, ect then a bit of tv or a game on the tab for a half hour is a healthy balance.

He won’t be the child who gets an iPhone at 5 or the the poor boy being babysat by the tv. He wont be the kid handed a tab at the restaurant table so that his parents don’t need to entertain or interact with him. 

But if i want him to live like this I need to help him find his balance and set an example. 

I also need to acknowledge that the world won’t stand still because I might want it to and that one day he will need the skills to navigate technology at school and work .

It’s my responsibility to help build these skills and encourage his growth. 

Fisher -Price Animal sounds for baby app

This was one of the first apps I downloaded for bear on his tab. 

I was promped by bears love for the Scout read with me dog he received for Christmas to find him an app that featured his favourite toy.

The screens open with bright cheerful animals dancing to the happy music in the background. On touch each animal makes its sound and a friendly voice introduces the name of each animal. 

Each animal is given its own screen time to reinforce the name and sound before baby is able to tap the arrow and go to the next screen.

A nice combination of wild and farm animals and bear always stays a little longer on the lion 🦁

And while I’m not one to advocate too much screen time I certainly can recommend this for its educational and entertainment content.

This app earns 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟