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Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome!, the app, features characters from the television show and music from the album and puts kids in the director's chair. The songs featured teach important lessons about everyday life for preschoolers -- like not being afraid, helping friends, and trying new foods. There's a variety of activities to engage kids -- from creating and recording their own music to coloring pages to dancing along to the songs, in addition to directing the band in the catchy, hip, kid-friendly songs.
What's it about?
Kids dress the characters for the show, control the stage lights, and choose which band members join in the songs. There's a music video that introduces several music instruments, like the tambourine, the guitar, the bass, and the keytar, a keyboard worn like a guitar. Kids can play their own tunes on the keytar, changing up the instruments, and can record their songs. A coloring section features several pages to choose from with an assortment of tools and colors for kids to "smart" color (staying in the lines automatically).
Is it any good?
YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME! has something to appeal to almost any little one. Budding artists will enjoy the coloring pages where they color pictures of their favorite characters. Kids who enjoy dress-up with have fun getting the stars ready for their concert -- putting on fake beards and fun accessories. Music lovers will enjoy making their own songs, and little dancers won't be able to sit still as they sing along with the songs. The controls are all totally preschool-friendly and easy to follow. The variety of songs and costumes is surprising, too, with multiple songs and costume options for each character. Kids can record their songs, but only one is saved at a time for immediate playback.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their favorite songs featured in the app and can even use some of them to help preschoolers through everyday situations. Try "Party in My Tummy" to introduce new foods or "Do Your Own Thing" for encouraging individuality and getting along.
Take kids to a (kid-friendly) music store or class where they can touch and try several different instruments, like the ones featured in the app.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Arts: music, painting
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, producing new content
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking, self-awareness
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 19, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 61.50 MB
- Publisher: Cupcake Digital
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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