Looking for a way to entertain your little ones while keeping them away from ads? Hopster is the answer.
The app offers children an easy-to-navigate world of videos, music and games – all without a whiff of advertising.
And this isn’t the only step Hopster has taken that’s novel to the world of preschool-oriented content. It has also launched a dedicated collection of content aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, comprising short videos, new music and a partnership with YouTube children’s artist Olly Pike.
“We understand that the early years are a crucial stage in every child’s development, and we want kids of that age to understand the diversity of the world around them,” says Miki Chojnacka, Hopster’s chief creative and content officer.
As well as meeting familiar names like Bob the Builder and Thomas & Friends, Hopster users can watch videos dedicated to celebrating all kinds of families, as well as book-length “rainbow stories” and new music.
The multimedia content was created in collaboration with Diversity Role Models, a UK-based LGBTQ+ charity.
“We got the idea when we found out that LGBT families are underrepresented in preschool animation – and when I say underrepresented, there was literally none,” says Chojnacka.
“These new stories touch on same-sex families, adoption and transgender people. Our mission is to help kids learn with stories they love. And part of that is learning about the diversity of the world they’re in.”
In addition to offering multimedia content, Hopster makes room for unbridled creativity.
In the Create section, kids are given a blank canvas to draw on (and to play with cool butterfly, snowflake and rainbow paint effects). There’s also a fun photo booth that can take your children’s selfies and turn them into animated astronauts, pirates and bunnies.
Sample Hopster for free for a short period; afterward you’ll need a subscription to have unlimited access to Hopster’s parent-and-kid-approved content.