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NOW CLOSED: Share with Kleenex your favourite websites and apps - you could win JL vouchers

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 16-Dec-11 10:46:07

We've been asked by the team at Kleenex to find out about your favourite websites or apps which can keep you or your family entertained.

They say "We know there's no site better than Mumsnet for some social support when you're feeling under the weather, but we're looking to find out what websites or apps keep you and the family occupied in your down time. For example, are you a fan of video streaming sites? Do you use the web to catch up on some light reading or the latest gossip, and if so where? Have you found the perfect online game to share? And importantly, what sites or apps keep the children entertained in a fun (and safe) environment? And why do you like the one(s) you like?! Call it our online survey of 2011 - share your favourites on this thread and you may also discover a new site from other MNers grin"

So please take a few minutes to share your (or your DC's) favourite website or app on this thread, along with the reasons for liking it/them so much. Everyone who does so will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 John Lewis voucher and two runners up will get a £50 voucher.

Please note - if you add your comments on this thread - Kleenex may use your comment in other media - (for example: print (magazines/ newspapers) and online). They won't use your MN name. Comments may also be featured on the Kleenex pages on Mumsnet.

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

Cankulzof Fri 16-Dec-11 10:59:50

There have been many times I have said a silent thank you to Mr and Mrs YouTube for their contribution to distracting 2yo. Many nappy changes and eye-drop wrestles have been made less painful via the medium of videos of steam trains or diggers (thanks also to the geeks who upload 'em)

bethelbeth Fri 16-Dec-11 11:02:00

Angry Birds on the iPhone keeps my toddler amused on long car journeys and difficult grandparent visits!
She's getting scarily good at it. It's basically jenga with catapults.
It's known as Grrrrr Birdies in our house. grin

Cankulzof Fri 16-Dec-11 11:07:25

Also, those interactive gimmicky games like this Snowflake Maker have caused both wonderment and sitting still.

The Cbeebies site gets an occasional whirl too.

Just for me, I'll look at Damn You Autocorrect for a guaranteed larf. Puerile and Not Safe For Minors but day-yum it's a hoot.

ouryve Fri 16-Dec-11 11:08:22

I spend a lot of my down time here or on Ravelry!

DS1's current favourite seems to be the CBBC website - he loves the games there. And it's an old fashioned programme wot you download and install on a pc, rather than an app, but he's spent many happy hours creating stuff using the Lego Digital Designer. Unlike the real thing, it doesn't hurt when you stand on it!

scrappydappydoo Fri 16-Dec-11 11:09:28

LOL bethelbeth my dd2 calls it naughty pigs.
We love the cbeebies website in this house - loads to do both on and off line and they're always adding new stuff.

FrothingBeserker Fri 16-Dec-11 11:11:40

Apps wise, my dc love reading, and I used to have to cart books around with me wherever we went - now I use the Open University OurStory app, and I can, in a few minutes, whip up new picture books for them by using our own photos and inputting the appropriate text. really versatile, and they love it.

Angry birds is anther great time waster. my youngest loves that (although is hopeless at it, technically!)

AlmaWalkingInAWinterWonderland Fri 16-Dec-11 11:13:53

Other than Mumsnet? I like Pinterest to entertain me, I just browse the pretty pictures and find things to try smile On my phone I like 'Taptu' (various different feeds collected together and streamed to your phone, good for keeping up with different topics) and the Twitter app (to follow news/humour etc). DCs like Youtube and iPlayer to keep occupied, (watching various videos and TV shows) also 'Talking Tom' (app which they think is hilarious). I have some apps like puzzle games, join the dots, phonics games which keep them busy and seem vaguely educational. DD likes Angry Birds as well, although so far just makes me play it for her entertainment.

Bert2e Fri 16-Dec-11 12:32:18

Thank you Lego for your online games which are always good for a bit of peace and quiet!

HoneydragonAteCliffRichard Fri 16-Dec-11 12:44:20

I know it inevitably costs, but I love it when DS (8) logs on Club Penguin with DD (nearly 2) on his lap pointing where to take the Penguins. It's safe, good fun and they are so quiet and sweet I am reminded that I love them very much...and then I slope off into the kitchen for a cup of coffee and to steal their chocolate.

I'm a sucker for trashy websites such as

People Of Wallmart
Cake Wrecks
Failbook
Regretsy
Awkward Family Photos
and I LOVE the LOL Cats

Favourite apps are Angry birds, Words With Friends, Wurdle, Fruit Ninga...

As you can see - I like timewasting!

Firawla Fri 16-Dec-11 13:02:28

youtube, pintrest, cbeebies website, netmums (mainly for the local noticeboard)
facebook

for apps, the thomas ones and toddling taming quiz ones are good for my dc

CaptainMartinCrieff Fri 16-Dec-11 13:14:59

The Thomas the Tank Engine apps by HiT entertainment keep my DS entertained for hours. I am rather disturbed though that at 20 months old he can operate an iPhone.

cather Fri 16-Dec-11 13:29:52

Angry Birds and You Tube are the favourites in our house. It's amazing what you can learn to do on You Tube!

aristocat Fri 16-Dec-11 13:36:36

i think my DCs are app addicts grin their favourite ones are FirstTouch Soccer, Siege Hero, Virtual Pool, Nuts!, Do The Roar (Shrek), Tap Zoo, Pet Hotel, Talking Tom & Talking Ben. i like Farkle, Whirly Word, Solitaire, Mahjong & Doodle Find.
DD also loves the story apps, such as Green Eggs and Ham which she will listen to again and again.

at the moment my DCs like something called MovieStarPlanet - other school friends are on there too and BinWeevils. DS loves YouTube so he can watch WWE and Sports from years ago hmm

bagelmonkey Fri 16-Dec-11 13:36:46

I don't know what I'd do without YouTube. In particular, twinkle twinkle little star by super simple learning. DD is addicted and it never fails to placate her.

bananamam Fri 16-Dec-11 14:35:04

YouTube, next, debenhamsblush. Kids love the peppa pig app and it's brilliant at keeping them amused, that and sky go for movie streaming. Yes and Lego Harry potter is great. My kids like silly hair salon games by toca as well. I like them because I can give the 20 mins and I can make tea in piece etc. very very handy. Shopping apps speak for themselvesgrin

MissPenteuth Fri 16-Dec-11 14:36:29

Damn You Autocorrect always makes me laugh out loud.
DD loves watching videos of Elmo and Mickey Mouse on Youtube.

As for apps, I use the imdb.com app a lot.
DD loves the Elmo loves ABCs app from Sesame Street, which is great for letter recognition,
also Monkey pre-school lunchbox for learning colours, fruits, and counting,
Moogies which is just fun
and Cat Paint which is fun too, and a bit surreal.

janx Fri 16-Dec-11 15:21:04

Coin drop, bubble game, angry birds for dd aged 7. For ds age 4 pepa pig app, Talking Tom and YouTube. - especially if I find cats on trains grin

TheBrandyButterflyEffect Fri 16-Dec-11 16:15:33

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gazzalw Fri 16-Dec-11 16:38:00

Well aside from Mumsnet, we follow Martin Lewis' www.moneysavingsexpert.com for all those helpful hints on saving money. DCs love Binweevils and you can't beat the Daily Mail for a bit of everyday [hmmm] I say with tongue firmly in cheek!

Ramblings Fri 16-Dec-11 17:02:43

Youtube is an absolute livesaver in this household. It keeps my husband busy with silly videos of people hurting themselves trying out insane stunts and my toddler busy with episodes of his favourite programmes!

Lilyloo Fri 16-Dec-11 17:20:12

I am generally on here , fb or on mse or hukd.
DS likes mini clip , mousebreaker , crazy monkey games and solid games.
Dp goes on blueview or you tube.
dd likes gamesforgirls and dd2 likes cbeebies.

LittleChiefRunnyCustard Fri 16-Dec-11 17:22:57

Ravelry - essential for knitting
Pinterest - this can swallow hours
www.moneysavingexpert.com before any major purchase
Google reader for blogs has replaced my expensive magazine habit

And of course cbeebies.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Fri 16-Dec-11 17:32:33

Miniclip, Cbeebies and Poisson Rouge are the dcs' favourites.

Dh and I occasionally use the TV/radio websites to catch missed progs. Dh likes BBCSport. YouTube for entertainment and education.

My current 'obsessive' app is Word Jewels.

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