Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are our own.
The Ustyme Kids App gives parents and grandparents interact with their kids or grandkids on a regular basis even if they do not live nearby.
Best of all, this kids app was given the Google Editor’s Choice App Award.
The app is free to use as well.
The best part is you can read books together or play games and actually see one another while you are doing it!
Why The Ustyme Kids App Appealed To Me
Like many grandparents, my grandchildren live far enough away from me that I do not get to interact with them on a daily or even weekly basis.
This makes me sad as I want to be part of their lives and interact with them.
I do talk to them on the phone, but it isn’t the same as being able to do things together like read books or play games.
That is why when I heard about the Ustyme Kids App I wanted to give it a try.
We Did Encounter Some Technical Issues
I have an iPhone so using the Ustyme app was not a problem.
My daughter however does not.
Luckily it also works on a PC so we could both use the program.
The first time we tried, the iPhone app kept crashing.
I was so disappointed so I messaged the company.
They told me there was a fix for this on their website. I went there, followed the instructions and tried again.
The second time around we were successful in connecting but for some reason my daughter kept losing the connection on her end.
We were able to immediately reconnect and after several tries were successful in keeping our connection.
The Ustyme Kids App is now called Ustyme Chrome App and is available exclusively on the Chrome Web Store, however when we tried it out, that was not the case.
How We Interacted On The Ustyme Kids App
I read the book Three Little Pigs to my granddaughter, then she wanted to play Rock Paper Scissors.
We played several rounds but at this point had more issues with the connection.
It was an enjoyable experience though for all of us. Here are our thoughts –
My daughter said she wished it had more educational features.
I read the book to my granddaughter and she followed along but I don’t feel the story did anything to teach her to read.
It was more of an enjoyable interaction than an educational one.
My granddaughter – who is 6 years old – had this to say “I liked the game.”
She said because she was winning and I was not!
She also said she liked the graphics.
The rock, paper and scissors were cute.
My Opinion Of The Ustyme Kids App
Overall I do like this app.
It is awesome to be able to interact with my granddaughter and do fun things even though she does not live here in town.
I do not know what caused us to keep getting disconnected.
That was a bit frustrating however we have bad weather here right now so that may have been the problem.
If you have kids or grandkids that are a distance away, do check out this app.
The video option is great!