Kids can en­joyjoy cou coun­trysidet ys de us us­ingg apps

Computer Active (UK) - - Letters -

There have been lots of let­ters re­cently about kids spend­ing too much time star­ing at their screens.ens. Like many read­ers, I sus­pect­pect they do, and would urge them to go out and – as my mother used to say – get their hands dirty. But there is a com­pro­mise, which is foror kids to take their phones and tablets with them out­side,e, and use apps that en­han­cence their ex­pe­ri­ence. They then get the best of both worlds.

Here are three that I en­joy with my grand­chil­dren. First, there’s ibird Pro for my ipad (, which helps you to iden­tify UK birds. It’s £14.99, so not cheap. But then happy days with grand­chil­dren are price­less. Sec­ond is Tree ID from the Wood­land Trust ( www.snipca. com/25674, pic­tured), a free app for iden­ti­fy­ing trees – per­fect for conker­hunt­ing days out. And the third is the self-ex­plana­tory Cloudspot­ter (£2.99 from All are for IOS, but I’m sure they’re also avail­able for An­droid. Larry Mitchell

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