Oliiki app review

Two¬†members of the Mummykind team with kids at different ages (and a growing baby bump!) were given the opportunity to try out the Oliiki app, an app designed to aid your baby’s brain development from early pregnancy through to 2 years old.

The app itself is free to download, and then you can choose to buy one section at a time or buy all of the content at once, which works out a lot cheaper.

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Maria

I have been testing the pregnancy features of the app as my son is much older than the suggested age for the toddler activities, although I have had a peek through the app at the newborn and toddler pages as well!

Overall I really like the concept of the app, it provides you with a daily activity to aid specific areas of development and explains how/why it works and a link to the scientific study.

During pregnancy it is a little harder to interact with your baby, it encourages a lot of independent activities which is fine if you bought the whole content library at once but I would feel short changed if I had paid for a single trimester at the same cost as 3 months of the more in-depth content for babies and toddlers.

The information in the app is incredibly interesting, the Oliiki team have done an amazing job compiling it all and condensing it down into bitesize chunks. If you love learning and finding out how things work this app is perfect for you. If you are more of a visual learner you might struggle with the lack of images/videos/graphics in the app.

Paige

My daughter is coming up on fifteen months old, so we’re testing out the toddler activities.

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So far we’ve enjoyed using the app as a family. The app offers one activity per day on the homepage, but you are also able to access all activities by age or by subject using the menus at the bottom of the screen. There are some activities for her age that I never would have thought to encourage her to do (such as walking in jelly – big clean up needed!), but my monkey has thoroughly enjoyed them. There are some recommended activities that we’ve been doing long before using Oliiki, but I suppose that is more down to a child’s individual development, and at what stage you started using the app. At the end of completing the activity, a graph appears to show the relevance of the activity to the brain learning areas. This is really interesting, and you can see your child’s overall progress in the user profile area (however, if you’re like us and didn’t start using it until later in your child’s life, the progress won’t be 100% unless you go through and ‘complete’ all the activities for previous months, which is tedious).

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The one thing I would say about this app is that if you’re not a big fan of reading, this may not be the app for you. I love to read, and I find the ‘Science and Research’ section fascinating, especially the ‘find out more’ section, which links to a larger article for further reading. You’d still be able to use the app well if you’re not a fan of this kind of thing, but I feel it would be better suited to parents who want to understand the scientific reasoning behind the activities they are doing with their children.

Overall the Mummykind girls loved this app and were thrilled to review it! Have you used the Oliiki app before? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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New Bath Time Play Products from Zimpli Kids!

A short while ago we had the opportunity to trial the Gelli Baff and Slime Baff products from Zimpli Kids… Click the thumbnail below to read which was our FAVOURITE!

We’ve now been asked to review some new bath time play products from Zimpli Kids, and have been sent the Unicorn Slime Play, and Glitter Gelli Baff! I absolutely could not wait to try these out. I knew for a fact Olivia would love both of them – though she probably would be slightly biased towards the unicorns…

So, can you guess which was the FIRST one we tried?

Of course, the unicorn slime play!

I was interested to see Olivia’s reaction to this one, as she had definitely been more keen on the Gelli Baff last time. But she absolutely loved this!

I learned from my previous mistakes and DID NOT put this in the bath, instead doing it on a smaller scale messy play sort of level. This allowed the slime to thicken up a lot more and she had some super slime unicorns to play with (every child’s dream, right?)

So, we started off with Olivia reading me the instructions on how to get the Slime Play mixed to optimal consistency.

We sprinkled half of the mixture into this washing up bowl filled with luke warm water. Olivia then got the wooden stirrer out to mix it up!

 

She then very tentatively took over to mixing it up with her hands! This was her reaction when she first touched the slime:

She then got stuck straight in with the unicorns, and of course managed to play with the slime a lot longer than if she had been in the bath! We even invited Kiera (aged 9) and her friend (aged 8) to come and join in, but they weren’t so keen on the slimey texture! Their reactions did give us a good laugh though.

Again this was super easy to get rid of as I simply ran hot water to thin the mixture out, and it simply poured away! No fuss at all. This time Olivia was wearing normal clothes (as opposed to her swimming costume like she had on last time), and yes, they got very slimey! But it all came out in the wash with no problems at all.

All in all I would give this a 10 out of 10 – she had fun playing with the slime for the best part of an hour, and it works really well as a messy play activity as well as just at bath time! Olivia loved it and she got the unicorn toys as an added bonus, making the Unicorn Slime Play one of her new favourite things to play with!

So! Moving onto the Glitter Gelli Baff…

We of course retained the unicorns from the slime play and they were
thoroughly de-slimed, then deployed again in our Glitter Gelli Baff! This time we used the bath, as the Gelli Baff dissolves instantly and is so easy to clean out of the bath, making it mess and hassle-free – a HUGE WIN for any parent!

Check out Mr Unicorn Duck chilling his beans in amongst the Glitter:

Olivia joined in mixing the bath and jumped straight in! The Gelli forms quite quickly, so she had lots of fun picking it up in her hands.

Olivia was excited by the sparkly Gelli as she was mixing it and played in it for a little while.

Unfortunately this Gelli Baff didn’t seem to solidify quite as much as the last time we used it, and I don’t think we had vastly different volumes of water in the bath! Also, once it started forming, the Glitter all sank to the bottom and it was pretty indiscernible from the normal pink Gelli Baff which we had tried before, which was a bit of a shame.

Still very easy to clean, we sprinkled the dissolving powder and rinsed the bath. All Gelli had disappeared from the bath within less than 2 minutes!

Overall, I’d give this one a 6 out of 10.

The product is great, but the Glitter is the main aspect of this particular Gelli Baff and unfortunately there just wasn’t ENOUGH Glitter, as you could no longer see any as soon as the Gelli had formed.

Have you tried either of these products from Zimpli Kids? Which was your favourite?

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