22-11_Santas_PostmanWe're starting to get in the festive mood here at Chitter Chatter so what better than some fun Christmassy apps which can be played by the kids as well as the grownups. Here are five of our favourites.

Santa's Postman (iOS - Free)

Santa's Postman is a delightful story book app featuring Kuri the elf who is busy organising the delivery of Christmas letters to Santa from children all over the world. As well as the narration of the rhyming story to follow complete with festive animations of roaring fires and snow, there are various activities within the story to keep little ones entertained. You can hang your very own stocking on the fireplace, write and send your letter off to Santa and play a game which involves sending naughty elves to the coal mine. On Christmas eve you can track Santa as he travels across the world delivering presents, a great app to build up the excitement for Christmas.

Santa's Merry Band (iOS - £3.19)

A lovely app for budding musicians. There are 8 Christmas songs to choose from and 20 instruments to play, kids can experiment with different sounds as well as learning and following the lyrics. You can customise the background instruments by replacing them with your own and there are great illustrations to keep youngsters enthralled. There's a great selection of instruments to try which include those which you can strum, wind instruments, keyboards and a fun choice of percussion to play. The app is simple to use with straightforward touch and tap commands.

Plume's School Saving Christmas (iOS, Android - £0.64)

Combine some Christmas fun with a bit of learning with this educational app. Packed full of Christmas games, it's aimed at children from around 18 months of age up to 7 years with different levels of activities to suit various abilities. There are quizzes to improve vocabulary, puzzles, memory games, pairs as well as a sticker game, stories and letters to unscramble to make words. Hours of educational entertainment to be had over the Christmas holidays.

Snowman Joe (iOS - £1.27)

Snowman Joe is a beautiful festive story app which tells the tale of a snowman called Snowman Joe who is trying to talk to the stars in the sky. The app features some exquisite illustrations by Michael Humphries, a lovely musical soundtrack, a narrator and fun animations. Suitable for children from one upwards, there are three different modes to choose from which are Auto Play, Read to Me where you turn the pages yourself and a Read It Myself option for older children.

Monty's Xmas (iOS, Android - Free)

Following John Lewis's massively successful Christmas advertising campaign last year, this year's advert is set to be just as popular. The star of the campaign is Monty the penguin and he has his very own app to accompany the TV ad and in store themed interactive Antarctic. The Monty Xmas app will no doubt be hugely popular with children and adults alike and includes the story of Monty the Penguin read by Dermot O'Leary, an interactive Christmas scene where you tap on objects to uncover surprises and a Christmas Card Maker. Perfect for immersing yourself in some good old heart-warming Christmas spirit.