Puffin Rock Music!

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Gentle music-maker won't overwhelm senses.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn cause and effect and basic musicality as they explore and discover the sounds each animal makes and how those sounds come together to make music. Recording and sharing their music gives them an authentic audience for their creation, inspiring them to create more.

Ease of Play

No wrong way to play. Toddler- and preschool-friendly tapping and exploring.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puffin Rock Music! is a music-making game for toddlers and preschoolers featuring characters from the Netflix show Puffin Rock. Kids create original songs by dragging the characters onto platforms in two scenes. Each character brings a different sound to the song. Kids can then share their musical creations by email or other apps on the device after parents enter a three-digit code. The privacy policy states that usage information is collected and shared with advertisers, though it's written with language specific to websites rather than the app.

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What's it about?

Sweet giggles and noises from nature -- such as dripping water or singing birds -- greet kids as they start playing PUFFIN ROCK MUSIC!. They can switch between the cave scene and the undergrowth meadow scene with a tap. In each scene, kids drop any of the five characters from Puffin Rock onto a stage-like platform -- a grassy hill in the meadow and three rocks in the cave -- to make a song. Characters make different sounds, and kids can change the song by rearranging the animals or adding percussion and then record a 10-second song and share it as an MP4.

Is it any good?

Nature scenes and cute animals make lovely, soothing music that won't push kids into sensory overload. The Puffin Rock Music! interface is totally toddler-friendly with easy drag-and-drop controls, and the characters move and dance when touched. The graphics are gorgeous, though it can take a bit long to load the app and save the songs, which may test your preschooler's attention span. The subdued sounds, reminiscent of nature, aren't as jarring as some kids' music-making apps, so sensitive kids may prefer this.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how each character in Puffin Rock Music! makes a different sound, showing the value of our differences.

  • Show kids how different instruments and voices combine to make music, either by playing with instruments hands-on, watching a video of a symphony, or attending a performance.

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