The latest tablets and mobile devices are only as good as the apps you put on them. We've found five excellent Irish-made apps that should keep the kids entertained long after the wrapping paper has been recycled.
1. Animal Band - Story Toys
A free 3D interactive music toy for Android and iOS. Wake up the sleepy animals and play along with classic children's songs. Aimed at younger children, this is plenty of fun and easy to use. (Trailer video above)
2. 'Round the Block - Sneaky Vegetables
This is a 3D drawing game, where players have to fill in outlines to create objects in the game world to solve puzzles. Designed for players aged 6+, this game introduces children to the basics of 3D drawing and eases them into constructing more complex shapes. Perfect for the budding architect, engineer or 3D Modeller. The game is available on iOS. (Trailer Video Above)
3. Little Details - Hola Mariquita
A beautiful interactive graphic novel. This is one for perhaps slightly older children and would appeal to graphic novel fans regardless of their age. There is a wonderful gentle pace to this romantic story, allowing for plenty of quiet reflection and relaxation. (Trailer video Above)
4. Christmas Movie Challenge - Redwind Software
Redwind are the kings of Quiz apps, and this Christmas special builds on their excellent Movie Challenge app. Players have to light up the trees in Christmas village by answering questions. Each Christmas tree has a number of light bulbs, with each light bulb holding a question. There are a variety of quiz games, such as hang man and true or false, all based on popular Christmas movies.
5. Goodnight Mo - Story Toys
3D pop-up books are what Irish company Story Toys are best known for, and Goodnight Mo is a great example. The story comes complete with interactions and games and is great for entertaining younger children who want to play with the grown-up toys. (Trailer video above)