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Peekaboo Moona: Fun First Games by Baby & Toddler

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Multilingual games aim young, require adults for learning.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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Other than the language flexibility, this early learning app doesn't have much going for it. Peekaboo Moona: Fun First Games by Baby & Toddler claims to teach very young children vocabulary words in multiple languages. The multiple languages piece is done relatively well, with real native-speaker voices and an easy way to switch among the language choices. The learning part is much less clear as, according to much research on language learning, babies and toddlers learn language best from their real-world interactions. Kids hear each word only two times, and the "peek-a-boo" game and the mini-animations are also extremely repetitive and don't offer much excitement after the first few taps. Besides all that, there's only an odd collection of words. Fruit, vegetables, around the farm, and even professions can certainly fit within the classic sets of vocabulary that young kids usually explore. However, the heroes category is questionable: How useful is it for kids to know the words "amazon" or "viking"? And many words are automatically gendered or have gendered phrasing: "fireman" instead of "firefighter," "policeman" instead of "police officer," or "space man" instead of "astronaut." So while it may be useful for looking at a small -- and somewhat odd -- collection of words in multiple languages, don't expect it to teach your young kids much without a lot of parent intervention.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : vocabulary
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (limited content available with free download; in-app purchase unlocks full app)
  • Release date: May 28, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Moona Group
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 20, 2017

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