By Cynthia Chiong,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cute toddler app teaches barnyard animal names.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the names for popular barn animals. The language options give kids, and even parents, the opportunity to learn vocabulary in Spanish and other languages. While kids may already be familiar with cows and horses, parents can focus on the names, pronunciation, spelling of the words, and animal sounds. Though this simple game doesn't give kids feedback on their learning, parents can fill that need by making Peekaboo Barn a parent-child activity.
Great introduction to animals, their names, and sounds. Ask older children to identify the animal by sound, before opening the barn door. Alternatively, turn off sound and let kids spell the animal's name when it appears onscreen.
Ease of Play
Kids will get a kick out of tapping on the barn door to reveal animals. Parents might wish for a way to select specific animals to review, rather than have to go through the entire game to see them again.
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A "more apps" button on the opening screen takes users to see additional apps for sale, but to access they area you'll need to follow written directions ("swipe left with two fingers," for example).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peekaboo Barn is a cute and fun way to teach toddlers animal names and sounds. Parents can set the animals names to be in English, Spanish, and other languages, and better yet, they can record their own voices in any language. A child lock protects against access to ads for more apps and to the settings menu.
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Based on 4 parent reviews
Toddlers love this app!
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Incorrect iOS, requires iOS 5.1.1 or later, but great app!
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What’s It About?
In PEEKABOO BARN, kids first see a red barn that bounces with muffled sounds. They tap the door to reveal a goat, horse, cow, duck, or other animal. A narrator labels each animal in the chosen language and kids see the name in lowercase letters. Kids tap again to close the barn door and cycle through the animals. The game ends when night falls and all the animals gather in the barn to sleep.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet app uses the game of peek-a-boo to help kids learn to identify more than a dozen animals. There are multiple narrator possibilities -- a child voice in English or an adult voice in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, or Swedish; parents and kids can also record their own narration. With all of these variations, kids can play the Peekaboo Barn with each of the different narrators, lengthening this otherwise short game.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Play along with your kids and repeat the names for them. Ask your kids to repeat after you and spell the words together.
If your kids are unfamiliar with farm animals, see if you can find a nearby petting zoo to visit.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary, Science: animals
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: August 9, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals
- Publisher: Night & Day Studios, Inc.
- Version: 4.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: Android 2.2 and up, iOS 4.1 or later
- Last updated: July 13, 2020
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