Neva Elliott has been one busy lady. She is a mother of two and has some how managed to find the time to put together an extremely well thought out App called “Busy Little Kids”. The app was basically invented to keep our kids busy! But not just that, each activity featuring on the app has been designed by Neva, to cultivate important developmental skills, as well as being fun, stimulating and exciting.
We’ve had a good flick through the app ourselves and have absolutely fallen in love with not only the concept but each delightful, yet simple, creative activity for our children to have fun with. Lucky for us, the brains and creative Mum behind the project, Neva, agreed to chat to us, telling us everything we wanted to know about “Busy Little Kids”.
A CHAT WITH NEVA ELLIOTT FROM BUSY LITTLE KIDS…
Can you run us through the Busy Little Kids app and what it has to offer?
The app is an easy-to-use tool for parents that provides activity ideas for children. Each activity is designed to inspire creativity and imagination, as well as cultivate important developmental skills including speech, hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills.
What inspired you to start the App?
I woke up one rainy morning and had two little faces peering up at me asking “what can we do today?” My husband and I had just seen a documentary about apps and I said to him “I wish I had an app on my phone with ideas to entertain the kids”, and as a joke we decided I should make one. Then over the following weeks we kept talking about what a great idea it would be, and after telling a few friends, I felt this was something that many parents with young children could benefit from, so I decided to create Busy Little Kids.
How did you go about creating an engaged audience and hype around the launch of the Busy Little Kids app?
I started an Instagram page and the response was great, so then I started on Facebook and developed the website. To be honest social media wasn’t really my thing, but I read an interview with Mia Freedman just as I was starting on this journey that gave me the motivation I needed. In it she said that social media is one of the most important marketing tools a business has, and nobody has the luxury of saying they don’t understand it. So I learnt to love it and taught myself how to use it over the last few months, with varying degrees of success.
Was it difficult to actually create the app start to finish?
The whole process has been a really big learning curve for me. The hardest thing was finding the time to dedicate to researching and writing the ideas in between being a mum to two young children and working. Testing the ideas out with my kids was the fun part. I started collating my favourite childhood activities, as well as craft ideas, and imagination exercises. When I began doing the activities with my children, the whole atmosphere of our home changed, and I became overwhelmed with nostalgia on more than one occasion while watching them make daisy chains and pet rocks.
What were some hurdles that you have come up against that you didn’t even consider to begin with?
There have been a lot of hurdles. A one month goal turned into 3 months, and then 6 months. The expense – the original budget I set doubled as I hadn’t taken a lot of things into consideration. There have been a lot of sleepless nights and a few tears along the way, but it was all worth it. I hope children and parents alike will love these often-forgotten, simple concepts. I am really proud of the different activities and I think other mums will love them too.
Can you tell us 5 of your favourite activity ideas that are featured on the app?
OCEAN IN A BOTTLE
A little twist on the classic message in a bottle, create a sensory experience for your child in the form of an ocean bottle. Fill a plastic water bottle with some sand, shells, glitter, water, a few buttons and some plastic sea creatures. Then seal tightly and shake it up. Watching the different textures mix and float around has a calming effect on children, and they will love having their own little mini beach.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO
This is a brilliant game for encouraging your child’s imagination. Ask your child questions like ‘what would you do if a penguin in long socks asked you to lunch?’, ‘what would you do if your bed was made of chocolate?’, ‘what would you do if a caterpillar was wearing your pyjamas?’ You are sure to love their naturally creative answers. Nurturing your child’s imagination is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give them.
ICE CUBE PAINTING
This one can get a little messy but it’s lots of fun for kids. Add a few drops of different food colouring to water in an ice cube tray and freeze. A few hours later you’ll have some ‘water crayons’ that are perfect for drawing on paper as they melt. You could even try freezing paddle pop sticks into the ice cubes to help with painting. A wonderful summertime activity.
MAKE YOUR OWN RAINBOW
On a sunny day head out to the garden. Standing with the sun behind you, turn on the hose and spray it in a curved shape. Look at the rainbow that appears. The little ones love this; they can run under it, jump through it and even search for the pot of gold at the end!
Put on your overalls and helmet because it’s time to go digging. Hide a few toy dinosaurs around the yard, in the sandpit or at the beach, then grab a bucket and spade and start searching. Chicken bones make great pretend dinosaur fossils so your children will feel like real life archaeologists.
Have you got plans for the growth and development of the Busy Little Kids app? If so, would you let us in (just a tiny bit!) and share with us some of your hopes and dreams for this exciting (ever growing) project?
There are a few things I am working on at the moment that I am really excited about. Also an update for the app with lots of new ideas, as well as an android version soon hopefully.
BUSY LITTLE KIDS VIDEO CLIP
Busy Little Kids app is hereon iTunes for $1.99. Enjoy!