It's been a while since I've last written in here! One of my interests--property management-- has been occupying a lot of my schedule lately. I've been checking out Malaysia real estate reviews at http://www.propertyreviews.my and it's been really exciting so far. But-- I'm back to writing and sharing my latest app discovery with you, finally!
It doesn’t take long after perusing the apps and other resources from Kiboomu that these people know how to get kids hooked singing and playing music. I have seen my fair share of music apps for kids, each claiming it can teach kids music theory and offers up fun songs and games. Normally musical education apps do deliver on the fun aspect, but fall short when it comes to educational value. I was very pleased to find out that the Kiboomu music and learning apps strike a great balance of fun and learning.
Kiboomu currently offers 6 different apps in the app store. Several of them are similar to each other, so I’ve decided to do mini reviews of each of them to help you see what each has to offer.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano($1.99) features several modes of play. The app is themed around the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and uses it as a catalyst to teach music theory (and, of course, provides plenty of fun at the same time). Have fun with karaoke mode, follow the note prompts, improvise on the keyboard, learn about rhythm, read the lyrics, sing along with a fun chorus of kids and sounds, play various instrument sounds, and more. I dare even parents to try NOT to sing along. Kids love the karaoke feature and will love hearing their own voice and piano sounds played back. Two other apps that Kiboomu offers with these same features are: Old MacDonald Piano ($1.99) and ABC Song Piano ($1.99)
The next three apps by Kiboomu really shine on the iPad and have a broader educational focus. Each of these presents age appropriate learning objectives and offers up fun puzzles, virtual coloring pages and fun sing-a-longs. As your child solves puzzles, he or she will hear the name of each object pronounced. Once the puzzle is solved, the corresponding song plays and is a fun reward for getting the pieces to the right places. The coloring pages also offer up coloring fun and song time. Kiboomu has produced three different versions of the “Sing and Learn” series: Toddler Sing and Learn (sold separately for iPhone and iPad -$1.99), Preschool Sing and Learn (sold separately for iPhone and iPad – $1.99) and First Words Sing and Learn HD (iPad only – $1.99)
These apps have been tested and approved by my 2 and 3 year old children and they have fallen in love with everything about them. They love singing and playing along and even like to dance to the music. If you have young children who love music and you want them to have a casual, fun introduction to music theory (rhythm, finger placement, notation, etc), I highly recommend you check out Kiboomu’s apps.Even your teenage son who's been spending some time figuring out how to get an ex girlfriend back will love it!