A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding
- Skills: Communication: listening
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, investigation, part-whole relationships
- Price: $6.99
- Release date: October 16, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 189.00 MB
- Publisher: SoundTouch
- Version: 2.5.2
- Minimum software requirements: OS 3.0 or later; Android 1.6 or up
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