What parents need to know
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
- achieving goals
- personal growth
- moving beyond obstacles
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
The rewards (wearing big kid underpants) could make kids eager to try potty training themselves.
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?
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.