Super Simple

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Customize playlists of storybooks, fun videos, sing-alongs.

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Educational Value

Songs touch on classic preschool learning themes such as color, numbers, rhyme, language, or letters. Songs about daily routines can help guide kids through brushing teeth or going to sleep at night. Some videos include suggestions for arts and crafts or science projects.

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There's lots of content, but it's well organized and easy to access.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Simple is a subscription-based app that gathers the preschool-friendly songs and episodes from the Super Simple Songs YouTube channel in one place. The song collection includes lots of classics as well as original content. There are also longer videos with animated stories, read aloud storybooks, or live action episodes showing arts and crafts projects or simple science experiments. Kids can browse content by theme, character, or content type. The parents' menu has lots of options for customization including creating personalized playlists, choosing content for use in offline mode, and previewing new content. Parents can also set the language to Spanish or Japanese instead of English. The free download includes samples of most types of content. After a seven-day free trial, a subscription costs $5.99/month; $28.49/6 months; or $49.99/year. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Swipe left or right to turn the content wheel and choose a category in SUPER SIMPLE. Tap a character or graphic that looks interesting and access a menu of available videos. Each video has a small icon indicating whether it's a song, episode, storybook, or game. Content includes classic and popular songs and nursery rhymes, alphabet and letters, classic stories, plus original preschool-friendly stories, songs, and live action videos. Most videos are short, with some longer videos lasting up to around 10 minutes. A small collection of games offer interactive content. Parents can create playlists, choose which content their kids will see, and customize the app for offline use. 

Is it any good?

This collection of songs and videos offers enough quality preschool-friendly content to keep kids engaged for a long time. Kids will be happy to find all the classics plus popular hits like Wheels on the Bus, Baby Shark, and If You're Happy and You Know It. Parents will be happy to see that the Super Simple versions of these well known songs are generally well-done, include tasteful visuals, and are not over the top or full of hyper energy. Original content is also generally high quality with high-interest stories, fun ideas for crafts or science projects, or silly animations sure to leave kids in stitches. There are lots of alphabet and letter songs or videos. Some are better than others, but taken together as a whole, they present a nice introduction to letters and letter sounds. One major criticism is that Super Simple is simply a collection of videos, meaning, other than choosing what to watch, kids' experience is entirely passive. There's a small number of interactive games, but they're definitely not the focus in this app. And, of course, all this video content is available for free on YouTube. The Super Simple app does add a few extra functions like an ad-free experience, customizable content, personal playlists, easy kid-led navigation, and the option for offline use. If those features are important to you, Super Simple may be worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs kids listen to with Super Simple. Which ones are their favorites? Why?

  • Watch together with your kids. Sing their favorite songs throughout the day. Set up the crafts or science projects to do at home.

  • There's so much to watch it may be hard to stop. Make your family's rules about screen time clear before handing over your device.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free download includes limited sample of content. Subscribe for full access at $5.99/month; $28.49/6 months; or $49.99/year after a one-week free trial.)
  • Release date: November 14, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 213.20 MB
  • Publisher: Skyship Entertainment
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 30, 2020

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