Sound Touch

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Toddler-friendly app has more than 250 sights and sounds.

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age 2+
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Educational Value

Toddlers can learn to associate pictures of objects to their sounds. They can also develop an understanding of culture. The app provides about five images per category, so kids can make multiple associations: the horse and wagon button brings up a wintery sleigh, an Amish buggy, a European carriage, and a western wagon. The app doesn't name the objects for kids or show the word. Sound Touch offers a great variety of real-life photos and sounds but misses an opportunity to help toddlers build speaking and early literacy skills.

Ease of Play

The app is designed to be easy for toddlers who even find swiping challenging. Toddlers interact through taps. Shaking the device repeats the sound.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some photos show commercial products like cell phones, washing machines, microwaves, and processed foods, but there are no corporate logos. For example, in the picture of a ketchup bottle the area where the product logo should be has been replaced by a generic sticker with French fries on it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sound Touch is targeted toward kids aged 2-4. Kids simply tap a picture in one of the six categories (domestic/farm animals, wild animals, birds, vehicles, musical instruments, and household items), and a photograph of the object pops up along with the sound it makes. A few photos, like that of a cobra snake ready to strike, might disturb some children, and kids could also be frightened by the growling noises of the big cats and wolves. Overall, however, the photos are benign and some even feature smiling kids playing instruments and helping out with household chores.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 1 and 7-year-old Written byOleg February 17, 2014

It's good but there are alternatives

I like Sound Touch for it's simplicity but graphics is not always great.
You can check alternatives, for instance free game TapThePic - https://itunes.appl... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 10, and 12-year-old Written bytheisons May 30, 2011

Great first app!

This was the first app that I downloaded for my son. After 5 months he still likes exploring all of the animals, cars, instruments and household items. Now he k... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Toddlers tap cartoon pictures on a grid of basic cultural items in six categories including animals, vehicles, musical instruments, and household objects. A photo image slides from the right with an accompanying sound clip. Kids just tap the picture to return to the menu. Each cartoon has about five real-life photos, and the violin photo plays a goodly portion of a classical symphony movement.

Is it any good?

With more than 250 tappable photographs and audio clips across six categories, SOUND TOUCH introduces kids to a wide variety of sights and sounds from common household objects to exotic animals and birds. There are four different photos and sounds associated with each object for added variety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Reinforce naming and vocabulary skills by saying the name of each object for your kids. Encourage them to repeat the name.

  • Help your kids experience the objects and their sounds in real life. Take them to a farm or nearby petting zoo, if possible. Or listen to traffic sounds from a safe vantage point.

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