Peg + Cat Big Gig

Common Sense Media says

Fun preschool app combines music, math, and creativity.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The memory work involved with some activities will challenge kids. They'll have fun tapping and exploring in others.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app collects anonymous, aggregated analytics data, but no personal information is requested.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Peg + Cat Big Gig combines music with math concepts such as those featured on the show in three preschool-level activities. All directions are given verbally by Peg or Cat, and there's lots of freedom for kids to explore music and create their own. The songs included aren't traditional kids' songs, but they'll be familiar to fans of the show, such as "Problem Solved" and other math songs.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The silly characters will delight preschoolers, and kids have lots of options to express their creativity and many song choices, too.

Learning Approach

Music, which already engages mathematical thinking, is used to teach math concepts, and then kids are empowered to create their own songs and dances. Warm-up songs cover concrete skills such as adding one and skip-counting, while featured songs get more in-depth.

Support

Kids hear verbal instructions, and if they don't respond quickly they'll get hints and more exact instructions. If kids are still struggling, the verbal directions go even deeper, offering more instruction, examples, and modeling.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • counting
  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • making new creations

Kids can learn math concepts and practice musical creativity with Peg + Cat Big Gig. They'll learn about rhythm, notes, and instruments as well as math concepts. Songs cover more than and less than, shapes, patterns, and skip-counting. Kids also will practice listening for instructions, as all the directions are delivered verbally. They'll work on memory skills and focus when they mimic the notes of the songs in the Big Gig. Music and math go hand in hand, and Peg + Cat Big Gig does a wonderful job of adding the two.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

Kids choose from three preschool-friendly music activities that also teach math concepts. In the Big Gig, kids choose a song or a warm-up and then follow the numbers to play the tune. After they've played the notes, they'll get to see a music video of the song performed by the characters from the show. In Cat Dance, they drag a series of moves into place, choose a song, and set the stage for Cat to perform a dance. In Sound Check, kids "rock out however you want" and can record themselves and play their songs back.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PEG + CAT BIG GIG has the perfect formula for preschool learning. Music + silly characters + math concepts + creative options = good, learning fun. Kids get to play around with fun characters and their silly antics. The songs featured, which may be familiar to fans of the show, help kids learn math concepts. With the three activities and dozen songs included, there's lots to entertain and educate. Music itself engages the brain in a mathematical experience with its rhythms, and Peg + Cat Big Gig does a great job of taking that even further by making music about math and then giving kids creative freedom.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite ways to enjoy music. Do you like dancing, making up songs, or playing instruments? Or all? 

  • Use recycled materials to create your own instruments (put rice in empty water bottles for maracas; spread a balloon over an open, empty oatmeal container and secure it with a rubber band to make a drum) and have a jam fest.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 25, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance, Cats, dogs, and mice
Size:71.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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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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