Lickety Split App
By Swirly Studios
Age Recommendation 4+ years
Forget the microwave, oven timer or boring old counting, Lickety split is an app that makes timing fun for kids. No matter what you are trying to time, Lickety Split can turn mundane tasks or tiresome waiting into a whole lot more fun.
I heard about Lickety Split from a group of parents who were discussing time out at one of my talks. They were singing it’s praises and telling other parents in the room how much their kids loved it. This made Lickety Split for me, a must try app.
After trying it myself, I can tell you that Lickety Splits appeal is not just because it has a cute character who makes racing the timer fun, but comes from it turning the idea of time into something visual for kids. This makes tasks and waiting feel more achievable for kids to complete. Due to this, kids tend to more readily follow through with what you are asking them to do. Brush teeth, get dressed, clean their room, or taking turns are some of the set tasks on the app. You can though get kids to do any task by simply choosing a time. The timer can be set at 1, 2 3 or 4 minutes, or download your own song to use and change the time.
There are two ways of timing. One is to beat the timer where the goal is to finish the task before the cute character timer runs out. The other is a countdown mode where kids have to keep going until it makes a noise. Whichever way you choose to use it, Lickety split is a fun way to get kids to do tasks that are not usually seen as “fun”.
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPod touch 3rd, 4th, 5th generation and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Danielle Mantakoul 2013
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