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Review: Hopster Children’s TV and Game App

June 4, 2018

For the past few weeks, Luke has been trailing out children’s TV and game app, Hopster. Hopster is a fun app aimed at children aged 2-6 which helps with their development and understanding of the world.

Hopster’s mission is to help kids learn through the stories and games that they love. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with an educational app from time to time; it can make screen time an absolute win/win for parents.

I have a few apps for Luke on my phone, however, this is the first one I have ever had that requires a subscription, so I was curious to see if the quality of content was actually better than the bog standard apps I already have.

Hopster Children's TV, game and story app review at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

What Does Hopster Offer?

In this one app, you’ll find a huge selection of TV shows, games and books as well as Hopster Create, a space exploration zone, music and a ‘grow’ section.

TV shows include family favourites such as Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Pingu, Sesame Street, Story Bots and loads more. Luke’s a huge fan of the Story Bots and I’m so happy that he enjoys the show because it really is an educational gold mine.

The book section is also crammed full of eBooks that we all know and love, such as Mog the Forgetful Cat and Paddingtion Bear. These can be read to your child, or they can choose to read the books themselves.

Hopster Create is another of Luke’s favourite activities on the app. If you’re a regular reader of Lukeosaurus And Me, you’ll know he loves any excuse to get artistic and creative. Hopster Create allows you to draw pictures and even upload a photo of your face into an explorer’s photo frame.

The space section features a selection of videos and games from the characters you can find elsewhere on the app, but this time they’re solely focused on the topic of our universe. Under the ‘grow’ section, your child can learn about the growth cycle of plants and the importance of water and sunshine, and the music section is a selection of educational songs performed by the app’s characters.

The Hopster app lets you download classic children's stories, then choose to read them yourself or have them read to you. Full review at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Ad-Free

The first thing I noticed about the Hopster app is that it is ad-free. Sometimes those in-game adverts can cause a real nuisance, whether it be because of interrupted game play or an accidental (maybe on purpose?) in-game purchase. Having an ad free children’s app certainly puts your mind at ease and you don’t feel the need to hover over the kids every now and then to make sure they’re not pressing things that they shouldn’t be. I know that free to play apps make their money from placing adverts, which I think is a bit cheeky for children’s apps, so it’s nice to know that Luke is always going to be safe when playing with Hopster.

Safety

Speaking of safety, Hopster has been especially designed for little fingers. It’s easy to navigate and takes developing minds into consideration. The TV content is fun and wholesome, weeding out all of the TV rubbish that we may not be entirely happy with our kids watching. I remember having a YouTube playlist on in the background once that started of innocently and ended up being weird and completely unsuitable for kids. Moral of the story – choosing a viewing platform that is specifically designed for kids is definitely the best way forward. Hopster has been reviewed and certified by kidSAFE, meeting their high standards for safety and kid’s privacy.

The Hopster's children app has loads of educational shows with all your children's favourite characters to help them develop and have fun at the same time. Full review at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Download and use offline

Along side the privacy theme, you are able to download your favourite content from the app and access it all offline. Perfect if you’re still worried about allowing your child free reign of the app, but also remarkably useful for long car journeys, the GP waiting room, or any other scenario where you may fancy giving your children a bit of a boredom buster. Additionally, you can view the app’s monthly stats which enable you to see what you’re children have been up to on Hopster – including what games and shows they have been interacting with.

Our Thoughts

Luke has been using this for about a month and a half now. Originally, I thought it would be a great app to download as it would give him something to do during the tricky times when his baby brother needs my attention. I thought it would be a good one because of the amount of content that the app offers, and I am happy to say that it has certainly delivered.

Luke is now in his last half term of Year R, so his little mind is constantly buzzing and he’s eager to develop his literacy and numeracy skills, even when he’s not at school. He loves a good challenge and so the educational games listed in Hopster have been great for him. His favourite game has been literacy based and is called Alphabet Hotel. Through playing this, he has learnt more about β€œspecial friend” sounds, such as ‘qu’ and ‘ch’.

Due to some of the rubbish weather we have had, Luke’s been using Hopster to learn more about his letters, get creative and watch videos during the May half term. Parents will know that cabin fever during the holidays can be killer, but Hopster has allowed him to go off for a few minutes and entertain himself, while I get on with writing, cleaning and attempting to drink a warm cup of coffee.

The Hopster's children app has loads of educational games with all your children's favourite characters to help them develop and have fun at the same time. Full review at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

I’m Impressed

Overall, I’m really impressed with the amount of content that Hopster offers and the educational side of the videos and games is a huge bonus. It definitely helps me to feel a little less guilty about allowing him the odd bit of screen time. I can see Hopster being a massive part of our lives when Baby Number 2 is with us and I’m unable to give all my undivided attention to Luke. I won’t feel so guilty about not being able to be there for him 100% of the time when I know he’s happily playing some educational goals that are aiding his development at the same time as keeping him busy while I sort the baby out.

Availability

Hopster is available on both Android and ISO and costs Β£3.67 per month. You are free to cancel your subscription with Hopster at any time by heading to their website.

*I was given a voucher code to enable me to download Hopster for free in exchange for this honest review. Thoughts and opinions belong to me and Luke and we have been in no way influenced to write a great review for them.

33 Comments

  • JenNY

    June 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Oh that sounds like an interesting app – I just wish I had a device to use them on (I’m waaay behind with technology!). But it is good to see that developers are thinking of content and developmentally appropriate buttons as well when designing these. More than once I’ve been on YouTube and had to quickly shut it down before my kids heard a thing!

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      I don’t have a tablet or anything like that for Luke. I just installed it on my own phone and let him have a play around with it. πŸ™‚ It’s really great that even the navigation through the app has been so well thought out – the children can use it with independence which is just as important as all the rest of the developmental features Hopster has. πŸ™‚

  • Talya

    June 4, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I love the fact that you can download and use offline – that’s very handy especially for example if you’re on long car journeys over the holidays and that it is ad free – hurrah!!!

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 4, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      YES! It’s such a great idea, isn’t it? I don’t know why there aren’t more apps like this, it makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, so many apps are focused on making money from in game purchases or ads, that they lose sight of the children’s interests.

  • Kate

    June 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    This app sounds like a great balance of fun and education. The monthly subscription is small and sooo good that it’s ad free.

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      I love that it’s ad free! And it’s also really great that you can cancel the subscription at any time.

  • Jenny

    June 4, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    There are so many apps for kids it must be hard to make them stand out for parents to want to spend money on them. This sounds really reasonably priced.

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      I think for the price and how much content you get, it’s a really good deal. It’s hard, like you say, to find good apps for children as the market is so huge, but this one is ad free and safe, with kid’s in mind, so it seems like a no brainer really.

  • Erica Hughes

    June 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    It’s great to hear about an app that has really put some thought into what will work well for its audience.
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    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      It’s really refreshing, isn’t it?

  • Rhian westbury

    June 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like such a good app, especially as you know it’s going to be safe x

  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    June 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I definitely think screen time can be a good thing when they’re looking at the right things. Hipster sounds great!

  • Sadia

    June 4, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    This sounds like a perfect app for children and well worth the money. I do not have children but will defiantly recommend it to my sister for my niece and nephew! My personal favourite would be the book section I mean who does not love Mog

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

      It’s got a great mix of books, they’re really fun and it’s nice for Luke to read something different. Glad you’re going to recommend it – I have really loved it.

  • Suzy McCullough

    June 4, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    That seems like a really good value for money app as there’s a lot more expensive alternatives out there. I love apps like this and my son has loads of ‘learning’ apps which he loves and I love because of the benefit he gets from them. We will have to check this one out thanks

  • Sophie’s Nursery

    June 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

    We seriously love this app – it’s brilliant. SO many things for the kids to do on it. Love that there are no adverts as well x

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      June 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

      It’s really great isn’t it?! Being ad-free is probably one of the best features.

  • Michelle Kellogg

    June 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    That sounds like a fun app to have for little ones! I’m not one for subscriptions either but if it proves worth it then I say go for it:)

  • Emma

    June 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I love that you can download this app and use it offline. It would be perfect for when you are travelling somehwhere. Also brilliant that it’s ad free too. Looks like a brilliant educational app

  • Natalie

    June 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Sounds like such a great app, both fun and educational. Will have to check this one out for our holidays.

  • Dena McGuinness

    June 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Oo this sounds like a very interesting app!

  • Emma Raphael

    June 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Love all the little extras in this, and the educational angle. This would be great for when we are travelling for my youngest, definitely going to be looking in to it! πŸ™‚

  • Louise Joy

    June 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Ah I’m going to have to tell my sister about this – unfortunately my niece sometimes relies on screen time a bit too much to calm her down! It would be good for her to use an educational app rather than just cartoons etc x

  • Mel

    June 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve never heard of Hopster and it sounds great. Anything that can help my kids learn through stories and games is a winner in my books. Love the fact it can be played offline too!

  • Ami

    June 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of this. The download feature alone sells it to me as it’s perfect for car journeys!

  • Laura dove

    June 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Ooh this looks like a great app! We love an app, especially for travel, and this looks both educational and fun too!

  • Kara

    June 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This is one of my kids favourite apps and there is a great range of things for different ages to enjoy

  • Mudpie Fridays

    June 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I am really not a fan of the adverts and in app purchases. It’s realky good this game doesn’t do it. Also that you can cancel at anytime is good. Will have to look into it!

  • michelle twin mum

    June 10, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Mine are all a bit too old to use Hopster but I have looked at it before and been impressed. I do like apps that are geared toward a specific age and don’t try to be everything to everyone. Mich x
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  • laura – Dear bear and beany

    June 10, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This sounds great. I like that you can download and use it off online that is really handy and the no ads is brilliant!

  • Su (Ethan And Evelyn)

    June 11, 2018 at 8:32 am

    This sounds like a really useful app. I have a son at school and my daughter will start in September so they would love to play on an app like this.

  • Becky O’Haire

    June 12, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Hopster sounds like a fabulous app. I love that there are no ads and the monthly fee is quite reasonable when you get so many shows and educational materials too! My daughter will love to try this x

  • Mackenzie Glanville

    June 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    kids safety is so important so this sounds great and no adds even better! Thank you for sharing this post #ablogginggoodtime

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