Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy

Common Sense Media says

Catchy tune, favorite characters introduce variety of foods.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Dragging and dropping the food into place is mostly intuitive, but, since there are no verbal instructions, kids may need some direction from parents on where and what to drag into place. Feeding the robot, Plex, takes some trial and error -- kids have to figure out that the food goes directly into the stomach-box and not into his robot mouth.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Links to other apps are hidden behind a "parent gate," accessed by entering an adult's birth year.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is collected from kids. A pixel embedded in the app collects anonymous data on usage. Parents can opt to subscribe to a newsletter or rate the app, but that is accessible only from the protected parent section. 

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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."

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn about a variety of foods putting together lunches for the Yo Gabba Gabba crew. They'll learn the foods included in different meals -- such as seaweed, rice, veggies, and fish in sushi -- as well as the names and appearances of individual foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocados. They'll even learn some basic manners, including how to use different utensils, cleaning up when they're finished, and saying, "Excuse me," after accidentally burping while eating. Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy is a fun song to encourage kids to eat well, and the app is a great way to reinforce good eating habits.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$1.99
Release date:January 4, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Music and sing-along
Size:52.00 MB
Publisher:Cupcake Digital
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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