Incredibox

Common Sense Media says

Explore musical elements with your very own beatboxing crew.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's nearly impossible not to have fun with Incredibox; from the goofy expressions on your singers' faces to the excitement of creating a really sweet beat. Kids will be empowered by the fact that there's no way to fail here.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

One of the bonus songs you can unlock by trying all the sounds, "Oh Little Miss," is pretty sexy, with heavy breathing sounds coupled with the image of a pear getting covered with dripping chocolate.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site is ad supported with a banner across the top of the screen. Products include software, sodas, and local attractions -- nothing objectionable or inappropriate. In addition, users can visit the Incredibox shop to buy T-shirts, iPhone cases, and buttons featuring the site's iconic hipster.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Champagne bottles appear in the bonus video "Oh Little Miss."

Privacy & safety

There's no option to sign up or log in; kids just create songs with the option of recording, then downloading that composition or sharing it through social media channels.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Incredibox appears to be a totally fun website to play around with, but it's teaching music and composition skills at the same time. Score! You may go crazy hearing your kids' somewhat repetitive songs, but they will love this beatboxing crew. The only thing to watch out for is some slightly suggestive imagery in the bonus videos that users unlock.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It's SO fun. That's all there is to it. Kids will get addicted to shaping songs, and the chill posse of animated beatboxers couldn't be better designed.

Learning Approach

While it feels like playing, there's definitely learning tucked in behind the music-making. Kids who love experimenting here can move on to other, more complex digital programs.

Support

Aside from a short intro video outlining the basics, there's not a ton of instruction. Songs can be recorded and saved, and there's a solid community of Incredibox fans out there.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to put together a great-sounding song by experimenting with beats, melodies, and other musical elements. They'll make decisions about what sounds best, and create mood and atmosphere by adding or subtracting certain elements from a composition. Discovering where a single sound fits in to the whole of a song, kids will gain an understanding of the combinations it takes to make all kinds of music. Incredibox makes understanding musical connections simple, and kids will love it.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

A handful of sleepy-eyed hipsters become your very own beatboxing crew. Beginning with a single person on screen, users assign him a repeating musical element. Choices are Effects, Beats, Melodies, Chorus, and Voices. Give each character a sound by dragging and dropping from a bar of options. Another dude appears next to the first, and you choose a sound for him, and so on, until the screen is full and you've created a rich song. No sound is \"wrong\"; they all fit into the ever-developing song.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Layering these song elements is crazy fun, and kids will love playing around with this site (although the never-ending jam might get a little repetitive to parental ears, it's better than Barney). The black-and-white characters are modern and funny to watch as they make their musical contributions. Aside from all the silliness, though, it's really interesting to see how simple sounds come together to create a dynamic piece of music. Kids can definitely gain a new understanding of composition here.

The site's a little difficult to navigate at first, but after a little poking around, everything makes sense. It would be nice if there were a few cool ladies jamming in the lineup, but hopefully they're working on that.

Families can talk about...

  • After your kid records a composition, have them write words to their song. Incredibox's backing beats lend themselves well to nearly any style of singing.

  • Listen to a favorite song. Have your kid identify each instrument, where it comes in, and what it does to change the song.

Website details

Genre:Music
Topics:Music and sing-along
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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