Sound Touch

Common Sense Media says

Toddler-friendly app has more than 250 sights and sounds.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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 For example, in the picture of a ketchup bottle the area where the product logo should be has been replaced by a generic sticker with French fries on it.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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships
  • decision-making

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

More than 250 tappable photographs and audio clips will keep even toddlers entertained. Photograph quality is high though category cartoons are a bit of a mismatch.

Learning Approach

While the app has good depth in the number of cultural concepts covered, it misses out on the opportunity to build speaking and early literacy skills like naming and sight words.

Support

Designed for toddlers, the app is super easy to use. Progress tracking would help parents understand what kids are learning and what kind of connections are being made.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships
  • decision-making

Communication

  • listening

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$4.99
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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Parent of a 1 and 7 year old Written byOleg February 17, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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.apple.com/app/id793459058 , it is similar idea but with better visuals, sounds and animations. It is also extendable by parents - you can create any game you want to selecting your own images and recording your own sounds!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 2, 10, and 12 year old Written bytheisons May 30, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

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 knows all of these items after I've asked him what they are a few times over.

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