Peekaboo Barn

Common Sense Media says

Cute toddler app teaches barnyard animal names.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You can access the developer's privacy policy via the parents' area of the app ("options"). The policy describes the anonymous information the app may collect. You're not required to register or submit any personal data to use the app. 

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids love to play peekaboo, and this app takes advantage of this naturally fun game for youngsters. However, with limited variety, it can get old quickly.

Learning Approach

With such a simple game, the learning potential is limited. Most learning will be about matching animals to the noises they make, or exploring the letters that spell the animal's name. Kids might also learn some vocabulary in a new language.

Support

Instructions aren't needed for this extremely simple game. Kids can't see their progress toward discovering all the barn animals (though there aren't many). There are some suggestions for extensions in the adults' section.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 9, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Horses and farm animals
Size:23.10 MB
Publisher:Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Version:4.3.0
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.2 and up, iOS 4.1 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 1 years old December 22, 2011
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2
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Love this app!

We've used this app for a year now (started at 6 mos, now he's 18 mos) and he loves it! I just notest that my latest upgrade has a fun new twist, too -- the barn and animals got decorated with snow and ornaments for Christmas!
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 27, 2012
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8
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peekaboo barn

The game ends when night falls and all the animals gather in the barn to sleep.
Parent of a 3 year old Written byastrodoc December 3, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

Good for youngest kids only

Too simple for all but the youngest toddlers. Our 3 year-old daughter was entertained for less than 10 minutes, and hasn't really picked it up again. (Review of the iPhone version)

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