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A Halloween Story with the free Storytime Sounds App

Mumsnet have asked bloggers to download and review the free Storytime Sounds app from ​notonthehighstreet.com with a chance to win a £400 voucher to spend on their site.

This iPhone app was launched in the summer and it has a range of sounds to use when you are telling a story to your children. Just like the button sound books which my kids have always loved. Son1 still won’t part with his Gruffalo sound book, even though he is far too old for it, being into Roald Dahl and the like now. So this app sounded ideal for us.

Storytime Sounds

And the app has just had an update with a new storyboard for Halloween. The existing storyboards are pirates, fairytales, ​lost world, space and monsters.

Storytime Sounds

Screenshot from my iPhone

So I duly downloaded the app onto my iPhone from​ the iTunes app store here and just before bedtime read the Halloween story “The Little Witch who couldn’t be scary” which notonthehighstreet.com had written specially to accompany the new update. With hindsight, it would have been better if I had printed the story to read it from, rather than balancing my laptop on my knee, as well as holding my iPhone and trying to cuddle 2 children.

Storytime

The boys loved it, taking it in turns to press the sounds on my iPhone as I read the story to them. Just like they used to do when I read sound books to them before they could read themselves.

However they weren’t satisfied at this point. We had to continue by listening to every sound from the other five storyboards. They both declared Monsters to be their favourite storyboard.

They also requested the next day that the app be downloaded onto their own iPods. Son1 was planning to then tell his own monster story to son2 and me the next night, but he declared it not ready yet. Instead whilst son2 read the story of The Three Little Pigs, son1 added a variety of sounds from all storyboards.

So they think some extra sounds are needed, such as for the wolf to huff and puff.

I can tell that we are going to get a lot more fun from this app. So I highly recommend that you download a copy too. It’s free and aimed at families with kids age 3-7.

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product that is freely available but I do get an entry into a competition. All opinions are my own.

A Spoonful of Stew in Zanzibar Zoo review and giveaway

As I don’t even have a smart phone, this is a first for me – reviewing an iBook. But since my boys are both very used to using my husband’s iPad and it is a childrens’ book, all was plain sailing. My husband downloaded a copy of the iBook “A Spoonful of Stew in Zanzibar Zoo” by Steph Caller onto his iPad. This is available on iTunes free for the iPad or iPhone, if you wish to download a copy.  It will be available on Google Play shortly, which will make it accessible on all android devices too.

Here is a brief description of the book.
The Zebras of Zanzibar Zoo are enjoying their favourite stew. But when there is only one spoonful left in the pot, who will eat it? A fun story about food, friendship, manners and sharing, with quirky illustrations and rhyming verse by debut author Steph Caller and audio narration from Johnny Carne.

My boys loved this story. First we muted it and my big boy read it to his little brother and me, although son 2 would have been capable of reading it too. Then we listened to the audio narrative. We discussed how Matilda was kind to think of little Charlie and how Butt was naughty at first.

The boys decided they wanted to do their favourite style of review – namely a video. And Steph offered to send the boys a free t-shirt each to wear in the video.

Son 1 received a green t-shirt depicting “Butt”, the naughty zebra from the story. Son 2 received a red t-shirt with a “Fingerprints” design of zebras. They are both very happy with their t-shirts. We also received a free zebra tote bag with the logo “Am I black with white stripes, or white with black stripes?”

The t-shirts are made from 100% organic cotton. They are also Earth Positive which means they are manufactured solely using renewable green energy from wind and solar power. They are totally individual as each has a unique hand-stitched zebra in the back left hand corner of the garment. They retail at £15 each in sizes to fit children age 3 – 12. The Zebrative shop also stocks clothes for babies and women. This is quite expensive for kids clothes, but worth it in my opinion when you take into account that they are Earth Positive and 100% organic.

The boys were also very excited to see that there are two more books “A Didgeridoo in Zanzibar Zoo” and “”A Game of Zung Fu in Zanzibar Zoo” plus a Game App coming soon. The App will be about The Zebras of Zanzibar Zoo and aimed at children age 2-5.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a t-shirt courtesy of Zebrative to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can’t see the Rafflecopter box above, either click the Rafflecopter link or you may alternatively enter via my Facebook page.

I’d love to hear about your favourite children’s e-book or app.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.