Mother Goose Club Rhymes

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Quality, fee-based video library with books, games.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn lots of classic and new songs and rhymes. When young kids sing songs and recite rhymes, they're working on language development and early literacy skills. Some videos encourage offscreen activities like movement, arts and crafts, or easy learning games. The games included in the app give kids simple practice with preschool learning themes.

Ease of Play

Content is clearly organized and kids can easily tap through videos, games, and stories.

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Language

At least one story features a mouse making burping noises as body humor.

Consumerism

An icon on the app's main page advertises other apps from the same developer. A parent gate for which kids must swipe with two fingers protects against purchase. The app is also subscription-based, with a small amount of content available for free.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mother Goose Club Rhymes features the same videos and cast of characters from the popular website and YouTube channel, but in app form with some exclusive content. There's a large library of videos featuring nursery rhymes, songs, activity ideas, holidays, and more as well as read-along storybooks, puzzles, and simple learning games. A small amount of content is available for free; the rest is unlocked through a monthly subscription. Parents can start with a seven-day free trial before subscribing. Content needs to be downloaded to your device before it's available for use, and once it's there, it can be accessed on- or offline. As you start downloading lots of content, it can take up room on your device. There's a small collection of Spanish-language videos, and you can turn off the background music with a simple tap on the music icon on the main screen. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

With MOTHER GOOSE CLUB RHYMES, kids watch videos on a wide variety of early learning topics, listen to stories, and play simple games. Hundreds of videos cover classic nursery rhymes and songs as well as original music, ideas for offscreen activities, and general topics of interest for preschoolers. Tap a video or story to download to your device and access it at any time. Browse content by type and save favorites for easy access. When kids play in travel mode, they can only see content that's already been downloaded.

Is it any good?

Super-smiley characters in super-cutesy costumes make songs, rhymes, and other standard preschool fare fun and highly accessible for the little ones. The Mother Goose Club Rhymes app is an easy way for young kids to access the vast library of relatively high-quality video clips. They go through all the classics in the world of preschool songs and rhymes -- though they're often not presented in the traditional way. In many songs, the lyrics and/or melody aren't what we're used to, which some parents will welcome while others may not. And though grown-ups may get tired of the videos' saccharine-sweet style, kids will likely drink it up. Most if not all of these videos are available for free on the Mother Goose Club YouTube website and YouTube channel, but the app lets kids explore safely on their own, with the option of accessing the material offline as well. And there's some content that's exclusive to the app, like some storybooks and simple games. Both categories offer decent, age-appropriate content, even if the games aren't particularly creative or inspired. Given the relatively high price for subscribing, take some time to watch videos on the website and take advantage of the app's free trial before deciding if it's worth it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs and rhymes in Mother Goose Club Rhymes. Sing together, recite the rhymes, and watch the videos throughout the day. Songs, rhymes, and repetition help kids with language development and are important components of early literacy.

  • Use the offscreen suggestions. Watch the activity videos together for some great ideas for offscreen learning and fun.

  • Watching videos may be fun, but it's easy to lose track of time. Talk to your kids about your family's rules around screen time. Work together to establish screen time limits and encourage lots of offscreen fun too.

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