What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
- producing new content
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.