Potty Time with Elmo

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Nice guide to childhood milestone, but needs more Elmo.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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.

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. 

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

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What 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.

User Reviews

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Parent Written bydawnyeler September 10, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written bysarahiscool September 24, 2017

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. 

Talk to your kids 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.

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