*This post was sponsored by Amazon. All words, opinions, and recommendations are 100% my own.*
‘Tis the season when the kids are off of school, family is in town, or you’re traveling during the busiest and most stressful time of the year to be with your loved ones. It’s been my experience that trying to keep the kids engaged and somewhat close to their regular routine helps our holidays go much smoother. Luckily, we’ve been using our Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet for a few months now and it’s the perfect companion to help the girls get in the holiday spirit and stay challenged and involved during the holiday season.
With Edie in Kindergarten and Lilah in Preschool three times a week, we’ve all gotten used to a pretty strict schedule. They know that during the day is school time with fun activities, followed by their afternoon extracurriculars and then home for dinner, bath, and bedtime. When they’re out of school, I notice a behavior change due to the lack of structure. They also have a hard time picking out activities for themselves so I like to write up a daily schedule for us to go off of. One of the girls’ favorite activities is their tablet time.
Lilah just started to become interested in using a tablet and the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet is perfect for someone her age. Thanks to the Parent Dashboard, I’m in complete control of what kind of content she has access to and for how long. After setting up Lilah’s parental controls in the Parent Dashboard, I let her go through the list and pick out some fun apps and books that could help her get into the holiday spirit.
With the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet you also have access to Amazon’s Freetime Unlimited. For the first year you’ll have access to thousands of apps, movies, games, books and more and no extra charge! So no more paying for apps or in-app purchases you don’t know about. Then after the first year, it’s only $2.99/month for Prime members. Basically, it’s a lifesaver!
I especially love all of the Holiday content they have made available for the tablet. Here are a few of our favorite apps and books to get your kids in the holiday spirit:
- Biscuit’s Hanukkah
- Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
- The Little Prince
- Wishenpoof!, Season 2 (includes special “A Wish World Christmas” double episode) This is Edith’s favorite!
- Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales
- BabyLit Christmas Carol Calendar
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
- If You Give A Mouse A Christmas Cookie
- The Snowman Shuffle
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet is also great if you’re planning on traveling for the holidays. It’s light and the tablet comes with a kid-proof case and a two-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, send it back and Amazon will replace it. No questions asked! Isn’t that amazing! No waiting in line at a service bar or scheduling an appointment.
And probably the best feature for traveling is now you can access all of your content, even if you’re offline! Kids will now be able to download and watch FreeTime Unlimited videos while offline. So now, you can download your favorite videos to the tablet and be able to relax and enjoy your flight while they interact with their favorite content. We just used it for the first time on our flight to Florida for Thanksgiving at it was such a lifesaver!
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet is a great gift for the little ones this holiday season and you’ll enjoy it as much as they do!
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Photos by Julia Elizabeth.