Potty Time with Elmo

Common Sense Media says

Nice guide to childhood milestone, but needs more Elmo.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app tells a story that's easy for kids to follow, but isn't automated, so some parental supervision might be necessary. 

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

The app is tied to the popular children's television program, which has several retail products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Potty Time with Elmo is an educational app meant to help young children learn about using the bathroom. It's filled with songs and games and features the popular Sesame Street Muppet. The app also has plenty of hidden surprises for kids who randomly mash the screen. As you would expect with a Sesame Street product, the app does not include any violence, sex, or objectionable content.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative
  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A non-threatening character like Elmo makes potty training feel less intimidating. Cute songs reinforce the lessons of the app, and a virtual sticker book acts as a good (but not great) reward system. We just wish Elmo's voice were in it more.

Learning Approach

Kids observe Elmo teaches his doll to go potty like a big kid, recognizing signals and washing hands when finished. With encouragement from a parent, kids will recognize the similarities between the book's events and characters and their own lives.

Support

The rewards (wearing big kid underpants) could make kids eager to try potty training themselves.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative
  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn the basics of potty training, such as recognizing the body's signals that it's time to go and the need to wash hands when they're done. Potty Time with Elmo communicates this through both a narrative and series of songs. Kids can watch Elmo show his Baby David toy the steps in learning to go potty -- as well as the rewards (wearing big kid underpants) -- which could make them eager to try it themselves. Kids can learn potty basics in an encouraging way as they watch Elmo teach his toy.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In Potty Time with Elmo, kids flip through a story featuring the Sesame Street character, who is trying to teach his doll to use the potty. Along the way, they can find hidden items in the story, listen to potty-themed songs, and solve potty-themed puzzles that are appropriate (difficulty-wise) for very young children.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Potty training is a very personal experience for children, but Potty Time with Elmo is a good way to give them a primer on the basics. Using a non-threatening character like Elmo makes the process less intimidating -- and the app also offers a section filled with advice for parents to make things go a little smoother. 

Cute songs reinforce the lessons of the app, and a virtual sticker book acts as a good (but not great) reward system. What's disappointing is the sparse use of Elmo's voice in the app. Story narration is done by a voice actress, who isn't bad -- but doesn't carry the excitement and wonder of Elmo. His lack of active involvement in the app's sounds could cause kids to lose interest. 

Families can talk about...

  • Read the app with your kids and relate it to moments in their lives.

  • Sing the songs together when your kid needs potty encouragement.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
Release date:May 16, 2012
Category:Education
Size:39.40 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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