5 things parents should look for in a children's mobile app
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(BPT) - With so many apps out there it can be challenging to identify which ones can help kids have fun and build new skills. Applaydu, Kinder Joy’s new app for families made with guidance from Oxford University, does both. Now free in the App Store and Google Play, Applaydu is full of games, stories and opportunities that can promote creativity and exploration for kids.

“Kinder has always been about creating special moments when parents can connect with their children and we’re finding new ways to make those moments even more memorable,” said Felipe Riera Michelotti, vice president of marketing, Kinder®, North America. “With a whole world of games and activities to explore in Applaydu, even more surprises and special moments are in store for families with each Kinder Joy egg.”

What should parents look for in mobile apps?

If you’re looking for a mobile app with activities for playing and learning, here are some of the features you should look for:

A variety of skill-building activities

When mobile games only provide players with a singular task, it’s often not challenging them enough for them to stay engaged. But a variety of experiences can allow players to expand their skills in different areas.

Applaydu comes with minigames that your child can play to enhance their motor, organizational, memory and rhythm skills. These minigames can also teach them about different subjects, including math, geography, and music.

Tasks that help your child learn new vocabulary words

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No matter your child’s age, they can always benefit from learning new words. And when they hear vocabulary in a story, it can help them remember those words and apply them in real life.

Applaydu introduces words through personalized stories that aim to help build vocabulary. Once the player finishes the story, it gets stored in the player’s “personal library.”

Fun rewards for learning

Incentives and rewards systems can be effective for motivating any game player to move on to the next big adventure, and can also be used to give kids confidence to tackle the next reading or math challenge.

With new vocabulary words learned or math concepts tackled, Applaydu allows players to unlock gifts like 3D characters, avatar costumes and personalized adventure books.

Parental controls

It’s hard to manage a child’s screen time without information. With Applaydu, parents can get a pin-protected password that can allow them to track their child's progress and see what they are learning and what they have accomplished.

If you're looking to discover more with Applaydu, head to the App Store or Google Play to download, and pick up Kinder Joy Treat + Toy online and at stores nationwide.