12 Days of Christmas - Polk Street Press Singalong

 
Richly illustrated sing-along offers a little math practice.

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Ease of play

The app is very easy to play once kids figure out that they need to touch the number counting downward to move the song along. The video self-recording and playback are also simple to operate.

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There's a small "credits" tab at the bottom of the main screen.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Video recordings can be shared directly from the app via Facebook or email.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 12 Days of Christmas - Polk Street Press Singalong is a charmingly illustrated sing-along rendition of the song of the same name, and there's some excellent practice of counting down from 12 to 1 thrown in for good educational measure. The video recording that kids can create of themselves singing along with the song is a fun, holiday-spirit option to share with grandparents or friends; parents should note that the app allows sharing via email or Facebook. If kids are just learning to count down, the app gives a blinking light clue around the appropriate number.

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It's a real pleasure to watch the quilt-like, softly colored illustrations move by with the lyrics to the "12 Days of Christmas" on this holiday app. The bite-size math lesson related to counting down from 12 to 1 that's craftily embedded as part of the song itself is educational in a very gentle sort of way. Surprisingly, the most fun part of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - POLK STREET PRESS SINGALONG app for some kids seems to be the video sing-along that they can record of themselves in the corner of the screen as the illustrations and song continues. From silly to serious, these videos can be sent via email or posted on Facebook to get your family friends in the holiday spirit. A very sweet app with some learning on the side.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:December 5, 2011
Category:Education
Topics:Music and sing-along
Size:109.00 MB
Publisher:Polk Street Press LLC
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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