Fabulous - Cuentos y Cantos

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Delightful stories and tools in Spanish help social growth.

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Educational Value

Each musical story has a clear message that promotes key social-emotional learning components such as self-regulation, positive self-esteem, empathy, embracing diversity, overcoming fear, and taking risks.   

Ease of Play

Simple design makes navigating the app a breeze for adults and kids. The podcast button on the top right-hand corner is for adults and includes audio clips by psychologists and experts in child development sharing information and parenting pointers. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fabulous – Cuentos y Cantos is an education app that offers a series of musical stories in Spanish, each with a clear social-emotional learning message. Upon entering "La Isla Magica," kids will be able to access seven unique audio stories starting different endangered species from Latin America. Each story conveys important social-emotional skills in a way that is relatable and easy for kids to understand. They'll explore self-esteem, bullying, friendship, empathy, resilience, gratitude, forgiveness, and more. The app also offers podcasts for parents, where you'll find episodes hosted by child psychologists, child development experts, and educators sharing insight on how to help kids explore the themes presented in each story. The podcasts share background and relevant information for parents, highlight the social-emotional development messages in the stories, and provide pointers for parents on how to help kids make connections and take actionable steps towards social-emotional development. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

FABULOUS – CUENTOS Y CANTOS offers a collection of social-emotional learning themed audio stories for little ones and corresponding informative podcasts for parents. The content is entirely in Spanish. The first season currently offers seven stories with another coming soon. Simply scroll to explore the titles and tap to listen to the story. The app offers families the option to project each story to speakers or TVs. Tapping the button with the music note fast forwards the story to its theme song, which summarizes the key lessons. The app is free to try, with access to the first story, Fermin el puercoespin. In-app purchase is necessary to listen to all other stories and podcasts. Each story has its own information button, where families can get a preview of the themes addressed in the story. For example, Guido el loro, addresses fear, self-esteem, responsibility, and gratitude. The podcast button opens us a series of episodes that correspond to each story and explore social-emotional themes at greater depth, providing practical information for parents, insight on child development, and tips on how to help kids navigate social-emotional development.   

Is it any good?

This simple, yet beautifully designed tool packs a punch with its intentionally curated collection of musical stories for kids and podcasts for families, which are charming, engaging, and educational. The app is colorful and appealing, without bells and whistles. The emphasis is on its quality content rather than entertainment gimmicks. The short audio stories are beautifully narrated and will capture and keep a little one's attention. The design is simple, but intentional. It doesn't offer tons of stimuli on screen. Other than the cover illustration, the stories solely rely on audio, promoting visualization and imagination, which are key skills for little kids. The quality of the content is what really makes Fabulous - Cuentos y Cantos stand out. The stories relay powerful messages in a kid-friendly way and serve as the perfect starting point for conversations to promote social-emotional learning. Families will find the podcasts extremely informative and useful, providing practical tips and simplifying certain aspects of child development. For example, one podcast addresses overcoming fears and tips to help little ones do so. Fabulous - Cuentos y Cantos is a perfect tool for both kids and parents. It's informative, educational, and the musical stories are delightful!

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  • Families can talk about specific social-emotional skills when listening to Fabulous - Cuentos y Cantos. Explore empathy, friendship, teamwork, persistence, resilience, self-esteem, gratitude, and feelings such as happiness, anger, and fear. For example, what is empathy? What does empathy look like? What might empathy sound like? 

  • Explore different feelings and help kids identify feelings and their spark as an initial step towards self-regulation. Analyzing characters in stories, what they feel, and what caused those feelings is a good way for little ones to start identifying feelings and exploring their range. 

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