Brayden and Julie are getting to the age where anything musical is just thrilling – they smile, bop their head and dance along. When you pair this with the colorful excitement of my cell phone or tablet, it becomes a great combination that will really hold their attention!
We recently had the opportunity to check out a new app for kids from SumahoMAMA called Touch ‘n Sing and it was a total hit! The app has been out or a while on itunes and recently launched for android. Designed for kids aged 2-7, Touch ‘n Sing (short for Touch and Sing Along Picture Book) hopes to entertain and engage with bright colors, movement and music, while adding a touch of education.
The app is actually a suite of smaller games which kids can access from one place. The app is free to download and includes two free games – The Hokey Pokey and The Alphabet Game. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is also a special freebie until September 1st. These three are great to get started and my kids loved the songs so much that they’d run across the room to play when I opened the app. At only 19 months, they’re a little young for some of the games, but still loved the cause and effect experience of touching the screen and activating a special little sound or motion from the cast of characters.
When your little ones have mastered the free games (or you’re just hoping for a little variety), additional games are available for purchase – most of which are only $.99. They even offer two “Super Value Packs” where you can get six games for $4.99.
As a family who likes to have it all, we bought both Super Value Packs so we could try all of the games. Here’s a few of our favorites:
– Ten Little Indians
– Old McDonald Had a Farm
– I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
– Parade of the Wooden Soldier
These four were ideal for us because the child didn’t really need any “skill” to have fun. Touch the screen, and it’ll make a noise, label the item, do a little dance, or give some other cute little gratification. I would definitely recommend these for the littlest players!
For older children, I loved the pattern practice offered in The Farmer in the Dell, sorting in Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree, and the interactive matching challenge in The Muffin Man.
I will give one slight caution though to some conservative parents that are easily shocked – there are a few surprises you may want to watch for for sensitive/overly curious kids. The Itsy Bitsy Spider does have spiders that eat butterflies and ladybugs if you guess incorrectly. Similarly, the dog in BINGO will run over the young boy if he’s not the correct pet indicated. I was just slightly disturbed by the “baby or egg” choice in Turkey in the Straw and very surprised to see the animal on my screen simulating a birth of said baby or egg. Nothing that’s a huge deal in my perspective, but just another reminder that families should always be actively involved with their children’s digital entertainment experience.
Overall, Touch ‘n Sing is a fabulous app that I am so excited to have in my entertainment arsenal when we’re out and about with twins. I’m thrilled that I can have it right at my finger tips, where ever we go, and that with such a range of ages, it’ll grow right along with them. It’s rare that I find an app that appeals to both of my toddlers, and Touch ‘n Sing review seems to offer a little something for everyone.
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