Hopster Kids TV and Learning App Review

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Hopster is a children’s development app (ages 2-6). It combines streaming award winning TV shows, fun & educational learning games, audio & ebooks, plus music – all in a safe and ad-free app for £4.99 per month.  Whilst I am all for outdoor play, I also think that children do need to have their ‘down time’.   W loves to watch TV and play games.  I wanted her to have an app that met these demands and supports my children’s learning and development, somewhere that was safe, offering a variety of educational activities, stories and games.

Some people may disagree, but I am pretty relaxed when it comes to screen time.  Some parents may put rigid rules in place, but I find that being a little less strict allows my children to know when enough is enough and to be honest, if the iPads are out of sight, they are also out of mind in our home. As W falls into this age category, for the past few months W and I have been trialing out the Hopster App using both my mobile phone and the iPad.  As Hopster’s mission is to support a child’s development, I felt at ease knowing that this would be most suitable for her.

W on the iPad exploring the hopster app

What does Hopster offer?

Hopster offers it’s user an arrange of different activities.  Keeping little ones entertained can be tough.  They need variety, sometime exciting, colourful and useful.  On offer is:

  • TV shows
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music
  • Create
  • Grow
  • Exploring Space

What we love about Hopster

There is a huge selection of shows, stories that can than be read to the child or independently, and an array of games.  Some of W’s favourite shows are included on here such as Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.  This section does have to be accessed online but you can have the option to downloads this shows too.  There is also a library full of children’s classic stories such as The tiger came to tea, which was refreshing to see.  W really loved perusing the titles and recognising the illustrations from some of her favourite books. Again, all of these wonderful books can be downloaded to be read off-line.

shows section on the hopster app

book section on the hopster app

Learning should be fun, especially at that age!  This is why I was particularly drawn to the create element of the Hopster app.  Here, W can draw, design and create whatever she likes.  It’s inventive and always encourages her to think outside the box.  She’s come up with some masterpieces let me tell you!  What she loves the best is that she can take selfies and include these into the pictures she has created.  The entire create section can also be used offline too.  Genius!

The create section on the hopster appthe games section on the hopster app

The games section is also great, offering approximately 10 games.  Some of the games included matching, counting and making music.  W enjoyed using these games and did not find them too hard to navigate.

Finally, I want to mention about the Grow section of the Hopster app .  This is wear your child can pick a seed and grow their own plant.  From this, it has really encouraged W to think more about plants and we’ve even brought her a real life plant to grow as she asked so many questions about it!

Where the kids can grow a plant on the hopster app

Parents information

The Hopster app gives parents the option to access the app in a secure way.  You can gain access to a helpful Q&A section and detailed explanation around Hopster’s content and how its supports your child’s learning and educational growth.  The Hopster App also links up to Apple TV’s, and if you do have one then you can set up restrictions on screen time too.

Our final verdict

W has now finished preschool and will be attending reception in September.  The 6 weeks holiday looms ahead, and whilst its great for the children to have a break, I do feel its a long time to not have that educational stimulation.  This app, for me, will surely provide her with some of that during the month of August.  I feel confident that she can keep up to speed with her phonics, numbers and reading in a safe environment and somewhere that she thinks is fun too!  Its’ graphics are bright and it’s definitely  easy to navigate your way around the app.  I do love how it has a parent section too.

W smiling up at the camera whilst on the iPad

W smiling at the iPad whilst playing a game on the hopster app

We are really loving the Hopster app and knowing that it is educational and supports my child’s learning journey gives me peace of mind.

You can find the Hopster app available in the AppStore and Google Play.  It’s available on phone and tablet apps as well as on Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick TV. Hopster is now  launching on the Amazon Fire Tablet.

*This is a collaborative post.  We were given 12 months subscription in exchange for this post.  As always, all words and opinions are my own*

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8 Comments

  1. July 25, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Oh wow I love how much this offers. My boys would love it x

  2. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    July 25, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Ooh this looks great 🙂 I love that it uses characters from popular TV shows too. It sounds like a fab, educational app xx

  3. July 26, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    This looks amazing, my daughter is 4 and I am definitely going to take a look at this for her.

  4. July 29, 2018 / 9:36 am

    This looks colourful and fun with clear and obvious graphics. Great way to spend screen time!

  5. July 29, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    The girls love this app. We’ve been using it for years 🙂

  6. July 30, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Looks like a great app Shel! We’ve been using something similar recently to help Dex with his colours and numbers and he’s come on leaps and bounds- definitely off to check out this one now.

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