Animal Band ~ 3D Interactive Music Toy
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animal Band ~ 3D Interactive Music Toy is a sweet sing-along experience for toddlers. It includes Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Row Your Boat, 1 2 3 4 5, Jingle Bells, and Merry Christmas. The songs are paired and set in three different places -- a jungle, a boat, and a winter scene featuring a Christmas tree. Kids scroll through the images to choose a song, and they'll encounter two other song pairs that are only available as an in-app purchase. Old MacDonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep costs $.99 in app, and The Wheels on the Bus and Coming Round the Mountain is also an additional $.99. The characters respond in fun ways to taps and swipes, making this a great exploration app for little ones.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Lots of fun for little ones to explore and make with silly animals, music instruments, and beautiful graphics. They'll recognize the songs and delight in controlling the animals.
Sing-a-longs are great for developing vocabulary and pre-reading skills. Toddlers benefit from playing alongside a parent and talking about what they're doing.
The animal narrator prompts kids to wake the animals. There's no other help or direction, but kids will figure it out from tapping and exploring.
What's it about?
Kids scroll through the song choices to choose what they want to hear and tap the title. They'll discover a beautiful 3-D scene and a bunch of sleeping animals. Tapping the animals wakes them up, and they'll start singing. Kids have to keep playing with them or they'll fall asleep again. Each animal has its own instrument, and kids will hear their instrument when they tap that animal. Kids will discover other cute animals and surprises clicking around the scenes.
Is it any good?
The songs are sung in a sweet kid voice with easy to follow range and tempo, so kids will sing along. The animals are cute and silly, spinning when swiped and playing their instrument when tapped. Little kids will get a kick out of seeing what happens when they touch the animals and feeling in control of waking them up and keeping them from falling back asleep. Exploring the screen and singing along make for great parent-kid activities, so this is a good toddler app to play together. It's too bad that all of the songs aren't included in the purchase price. Kids can't help but notice the two in-app purchase choices because they're situated right in the middle of the other songs, and the cute graphics and kid song favorites will make them additions kids will want.
Families can talk about...
Make your own instruments like the animals have from recycled materials and pantry items -- rice or beans in a capped water bottle makes a great shaker -- and play along with the band.
Incorporate a song into your bedtime or morning routine. Melting-down toddlers often respond well to a calm singing voice, too.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Pricing structure:||Paid (In-app purchases unlock additional content.)|
|Release date:||February 27, 2014|
|Topics:||Music and sing-along, Wild animals|
|Publisher:||StoryToys Entertainment Limited|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up|