Jam Toys

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Great sound, graphics, but few features = limited fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize the sounds produced by six different instruments. Younger kids will experiment with cause and effect as they learn how the app responds to the different ways they interact with their device (tap, swipe, or shake).

Ease of Play

Easy to tap, swipe, and shake to make sounds.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jam Toys is a simple music app that allows kids to experiment with a handful of instruments. By tapping the screen, kids can play the triangle, strings, theremin, disc, drums, and rattle. Some instruments can by played by moving the device around; make sure that your kids do so safely. Jam Toys has no other functions. At the bottom of each instrument screen there's an icon to return to the main menu. For some instruments it's easy, particularly for young kids, to hit that icon by accident, which can be frustrating. 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?

JAM TOYS opens to a screen asking users to turn up the volume on their device. Tap "Let's go" to reveal a list of six instruments: triangle, strings, theremin, disc, drums, and rattle. Tap your choice. Each instrument is represented in a simple graphic and kids tap, swipe, or shake the device to "play" the instrument. Tap the small icon on the bottom of the screen to return to the list and choose a different instrument.

Is it any good?

With simple graphics, strong colors, and great sound quality, it's fun to make sounds, but the features are limited. Kids can certainly rock it as they furiously tap the screen for a drum solo or spin the disc pretending to be a DJ. They can experiment with the different sounds they get from each side of the triangle or the different lengths of the strings. But, kids can't combine or manipulate the instruments, they can't record, they can't follow along to a backbeat or change the song on the disc, and they can't compose their own music. With such a simple app, kids may quickly get bored of shaking the rattle or tapping the theremin. A few more features would add additional value -- educational and entertainment -- to Jam Toys.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the instruments featured in Jam Toys. Have you ever seen the instruments in real life? What do they look like? What do they sound like?

  • Use objects you have at home to make simple musical instruments. Put beans in an old container for a rattle, or rubber bands around an open box for a string instrument. Play them together and have fun making music!

  • How is it different playing music on a screen versus with real life instruments? Is the sound different? How do they feel different? Which one do you prefer? Why?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: music
  • Price: Paid
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($1.99)
  • Release date: September 3, 2019
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 54.70 MB
  • Publisher: Situated LLC
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 8, 2019

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