Noggin Preschool Learning App

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Subscribe for fave shows; might want more parent control.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn social skills and develop verbal skills by watching preschool-appropriate TV programming, which includes live-action and animated shows and features book characters, other cultures, musical content. Kids can also interact with shows to perform learning-related tasks like measuring.

Ease of Play

Lots of choices can make navigation confusing, but activities have lots of verbal direction and encouragement.

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Most featured shows are associated with large marketing campaigns and lots of branded content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noggin Preschool Learning App is a subscription service for preschoolers that features shows from the former Noggin channel from Nickelodeon, plus interactive activities. Kids can watch and interact with many familiar series and characters such as Peppa Pig, PAW Patrol, and Dora the Explorer. In addition to short clips, full episodes, and games, there's also early reading content from Bob Books. There's also specialty content like a social justice series called Rhyme Through Times, the Alphabeats podcast, a Black History series, a variety show, and content from NASA. Content can be downloaded for offline access, though parents should be aware that doing so quickly fills up storage space on the device (parents can set a storage limit in the app's parent settings section). Before accessing the app, parents need to sign up with an email address, create a kid's profile, and agree to the subscription terms. After a seven-day free trial, a subscription costs $7.99 per month. Closed captioning is available within the shows. There's also a section that features Spanish-language content. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byelen22 January 5, 2021

5 stars for the old app, but the new version is TERRIBLE.

The old app (about 3 years ago) had everything that my kids loved from the Noggin channel. Moose and Zee, Oobi, and the Upside-Down Show were all favorites in t... Continue reading
Adult Written bykkkklooo October 17, 2018
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2020

The best learning app for kids

I think Noggin is a good app because it teaches kids their early learning skills and has games that are easy to play and educational. This app is one of the bes... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 7, 2019

it was amazing until..................

when it came out is was like, yes moose is back! it was nonstop nostalgia. they had ni hao ki lan, the wonder pets, oobie,all of the the classics! but its gone... Continue reading

What's it about?

With a monthly subscription, kids can watch clips and whole episodes of shows from the former Noggin network -- and play lots of games with NOGGIN PRESCHOOL LEARNING APP. Shows include Little Bear, Franklin and Friends, Blue's Clues, and more, with dozens of episodes across multiple seasons of each show. Games and play-along videos have interactive elements and touch on standard early learning themes such as literacy, basic math, and puzzles. There's also a collection of early reader books from Bob Books; kids can choose to read on their own or be read to. Kids can browse content by show, content type, or themed collection such as "creativity," "music," or "ocean." Kids can watch Noggin Knows, a variety show, or explore content from NASA. There's also social justice content and a podcast.

Is it any good?

There's definitely some excellent content within the app, but the functionality and user experience can still improve. Regardless of whether you love or hate the featured shows, there are quite a lot of big names here, and young kids are bound to find something they like. Classics like Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues, as well as relative newcomers like Franklin and Friends, offer high-quality preschool fare. The addition of the interactive elements is a nice feature so that kids can take a more active role instead of only passively watching. The activities touch on your typical preschool learning themes, but sometimes do so in creative ways. And kids who are really into a particular show or character will appreciate being able to play games with them.

The major downsides are a confusing presentation and a complete lack of parental controls or customization options. Noggin Preschool Learning App is huge, with lots of content presented in a crowded menu that's almost guaranteed to overstimulate and overwhelm young kids. Content is mixed together so much that it's hard to find what you want. For example, there's no way to filter for whole episodes versus short clips, so it's impossible to distinguish between a clip that'll take a couple of minutes and one that will last half an hour. And parents have no options for customizing what their kids see, or for controlling anything other than how much memory downloaded content can take up on their device (which, by the way, you'll need a lot of). The bottom line: If parents and kids feel that they can wade through these usability issues, they will probably find content they like.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the shows kids watch with Noggin Preschool Learning App. What happened in each show? What was your favorite part? Ask questions about the lessons the characters learn: Did they discover something about friendship and sharing? Problem-solving? Teamwork? 

  • There's lots of content here. Look through the app with your kid and help them figure out how to find what interests them.

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

  • Ask kids about interacting with their favorite characters. Does it make it more fun to play games with familiar and well-loved characters?

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