My husband and I decided early on that Aiden wouldn’t watch television before he turned two. To be honest, we just didn’t see the point. In my opinion, I think children learn much more from one on one interaction and frankly, I didn’t buy into the whole baby Einstein business (just one of the many articles to support that here). The earliest Little A. ever watched a children’s show was around 1 1/2 years old. I streamed a video on my laptop to see how he would respond. He wasn’t really into it and wanted to play with his toys instead. So we stuck to the original plan and he really got into videos around 2 1/2 years old. By then he had lots of words to express what he was seeing and he would recount the story in his own words. His favourite series to watch was (and possibly still is) Curious George. He absolutely loves acting out all the trouble that monkey gets into!
Fast forward to being nearly three and a half years old, and he is definitely way more interested in television. It’s a form of entertainment and interaction for him that he enjoys. If it were up to him, he would get to watch TV all day long! But, that’s why I’m around. TV is fun, it can be educational at this age, and it can also be a tool to chill out.
That’s why I’m cool with the kid friendly Kidoodle.TV streaming video service. It has parental controls and time limit settings. I get to set it to how long he’s allowed to watch, select which shows I’m ok with, and then I can pass it off to him and give him the ”control” he wants. I set up the app on my tablet and during a fussy period with Abigail, tested it out for the first time. While I was rocking baby girl, I handed him my tablet and intuitively, he tapped on his profile, saw all the shows, kind of freaked out “Wow, Mama, look, robots, animals, Super Why!….” and then picked out something to watch.
He was up and running, sat back and relaxed. I had no concerns about the ad content, or him seeing other pg+ videos (like our other streaming service). Honestly, my only concern was the fact that my tablet has no protective case! While he was watching Super Why! he asked me some of the questions they were asking him and I helped him solve some of the word puzzles. He would run over and high five me during the show. After an hour of watching the timer went off and then he couldn’t access the video directory anymore. I showed him that the time was up and we transitioned to another activity.
I like that I can use Kidoodle.TV service on my laptop or tablet. Setting it up was easy-peasy and the layout features a brightly coloured, easy to navigate interface…so easy in fact, my three year old could manage. Its target audience is children ages 12 and under. Some of our favourite shows on Kidoodle.TV are Paddington Bear, Madeleine, Super Why! and the National Geographic Nature shows.
Good to know //
- Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that you can customize for your kids according to your, and their, preferences
- Make up to 5 custom kids’ profiles. Choose content based on your child’s age or on a show-by-show basis
- Time limits can be placed on viewing through the secure Parents Room, allowing families to balance the time spent on Kidoodle.TV with other important activities
- Watch Kidoodle.TV on the go – just need access to the Web
- Kidoodle.TV has safe, kids-only content, including retro content from your childhood like Jem and the Holograms and Inspector Gadget
- Read more about Kidoodle.TV in this recent press release
With unlimited streaming of Kidoodle.TV for $4.99 per month, subscribers may allow 5 profiles to access Kidoodle.TV on multiple devices. *Plus applicable taxes. At the time of this article, Kidoodle.TV has a 14-day free trial.
Additionally, Kidoodle.TV is offering readers of The Best of this Life, a 25% off code for a year subscription to Kidoodle.TV. This coupon expires June 30, 2014. The discount code to use is MCC25.
Kidoodle.TV is also having a giveaway on their facebook page. You can enter to win one of 3 iPad Minis being given away in March and April by entering through the Kidoodle.TVFacebook Page.
In other fun news, Kidoodle.TV will be giving one Canadian reader of The Best of this Life a one-year subscription for free! Pretty cool, right? Man, where was TV streaming when I was a kid!
How to enter
- This giveaway is happening on my facebook page or you can enter using the facebook widget below! To enter, “like” The Best of this Life’s facebook page, “like” this post, and leave a comment on the facebook post, letting us know what YOUR favourite children’s television show is and why. One of my favourite TV shows growing up was The Cabbage Patch Kids…oh, and The Smoggies (remember those??).
Rules of the giveaway
- Entrants must be a resident of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway.
- Only legitimate entries will be counted.
- Giveaway closes March 30th, 2014 at midnight EST
- (1) Winner will be selected at random (using the facebook flash giveaway app + random org) and will be contacted via email.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond and confirm.
- Winner will receive a one year subscription to Kidoodle.TV service for free.
- This giveaway may be on other Canadian blogs; you may only win once.
Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and
I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.