Peg + Cat Big Gig
By Amanda Bindel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun preschool app combines music, math, and creativity.
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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.
Ease of Play
The memory work involved with some activities will challenge kids. They'll have fun tapping and exploring in others.
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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, patterns, shapes, Arts: music, rhythm
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, thinking critically, Creativity: making new creations
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 25, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: July 12, 2020
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