Quick Kids is the brainchild of North London mumpreneur Laura Gray. Laura is a North East London mum to Ethan (7) and Evie (11 months). After watching an episode of The Apprentice last summer about app development Laura started thinking that perhaps she could develop one. So during one of her many night-time feeds she started to think about parenting challenges and whether there could be ‘an app for that’ – whatever ‘that’ might be?!
|Example screen from Quick Kids site|
The app is very simple to set up- simply enter the names of your children, set up the star chart, and add a photo from a photo library or the camera. For each task, you decide how many minutes to put on the timer. Your child then presses start and then rushes off to complete their tasks desperate to come back and press stop before the clock counts down to zero so that they earn a star! The app says it is suitable for children 4+ but it probably work for younger children too. Laura reports that the app has received many really positive reviews from parents so far, with many reporting that it has really helped with day-to-day battles, making chores fun. It is versatile to use for short chores such as dressing, to longer tasks such as homework.
What we loved: The app is very simple to use and your child can easily start the timer, rush off to complete the task and then stop it. There's a fun countdown and an explosion of fireworks for completing the task on time. We tried it out today for a room tidy and I've never seen my oldest clear up so quickly.
What we didn't: It was difficult to edit the size of the star chart which you choose when you set up the name of the child. I ended up deleting the profile and starting again. But really we think this is such a fab idea we wish it could do more- such as put in headings for different tasks, and enable a scoreboard or leaderboard to track how fast the same task is completed on different days.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch