A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
BEBOP BLOX are digital versions of classic wooden building blocks except each one makes a unique musical sound. Start by choosing from 12 puzzles of animals and vehicles. Kids see a brief overview of which blocks they'll need to build the puzzle. Blocks then pass by on a conveyer belt and kids pick the right ones and place them in the correct spot marked by a shadowed shape. Each new block adds a new sound to a growing symphony. When complete, kids listen to the music and can tap individual blocks to silence them.
Is it any good?
Though the musical block idea is cute and the sounds are fun and upbeat, this app is a bit limited, esecially considering the price tag. With just 12 quickly completed puzzles, it offers little material,and kids have little control over making the puzzles their own. Once a puzzle is complete, it's fun to experiment with turning on and off different blocks to hear what sound each makes and how all the sounds come together. However, without any depth to this experience, the fun may not last long. Taking pictures of finished products, recording songs or original sounds, exploring rhythm, beat, melody or other musical concepts could all be meaningful interactive additions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about music. Explore each block's sound individually and discuss how it fits with the other sounds. Introduce some music vocabulary like beat, rhythm, tempo, or melody.
Give your kids real life wooden blocks and see how many things they can create.
Listen to music together, and sing along, clap hands, dance to the beat, and have fun!
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 19, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 47.70 MB
- Publisher: Originator Inc.
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
- Last updated: July 27, 2016
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