Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the popular characters from Nickelodeon's Yo Gabba Gabba television show reprise their song. "Party in My Tummy" in this educational app focused on eating well. The catchy song will be helpful at mealtimes with picky toddlers. Older toddlers and preschoolers will pick up on the drag-and-drop interface easily, while young toddlers may need more direction.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids and parents alike will be singing and dancing to "There's a Party in My Tummy." The variety of activities will keep kids engaged.
Repeated naming of different foods will transfer into kids' conversations and vocabulary and might even encourage them to try new foods. Kids aren't empowered to chose which foods to leave out but are told to, "Try it. You'll like it."
No verbal or written directions are included, and progress isn't tracked. The parent section includes a link to free downloads of work sheets.
What's it about?
YO GABBA GABBA! PARTY IN MY TUMMY takes kids to a lunchtime party. Kids choose a character and help it prepare lunch by dragging and dropping the components into place. They'll serve up a variety of foods and then match each food to its outline, hearing the name again -- and hearing the chorus, "There's a party in my Tummy. So yummy. So yummy!" After they've fed each character, kids "Clean it Up" by putting the food and trash into the trash can. The app includes the song and video for "Party in My Tummy" as well as coloring pages.
Is it any good?
Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy offers up quite a variety. There's a variety of activities -- creating meals, feeding the meals to the characters, matching foods, learning the names of the foods, cleaning up the trash, coloring pages, and watching a full music video -- as well as a variety of foods -- lettuce, avocado, mushrooms, seaweed, fish, yogurt, fruit, pasta, and more. There's even variety in the eating utensils -- fingers, forks, spoons, and chopsticks. It's all toddler-friendly, with simple drag-and-drop interaction.
It would be nice if the trash-pick-up mini-game included more eco-responsible disposal, such as a recycling bin and a compost bin, instead of everything going into the same garbage can. Parents could add that as personal interaction while kids play, asking where they'd put the banana peel, for example. Kids will enjoy singing along with the fun characters, and parents will appreciate the healthy lunch ideas. And the songs can make great tools to motivate kids to try a new food or to clean up.
Families can talk about...
Try some of the meals included for lunch.
Have a taste test of any unfamiliar foods or combinations.
If your kids haven't used chopsticks, give them a lesson or pick up a training pair at a local Chinese restaurant.