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Sing your ABCs – ABC Song Piano



original ABC Song Piano  

Kiboomu Publishing –  $.99

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What’s one of the first songs people enjoy teaching their toddlers?  What’s one of the first songs that people will show up that their child knows, to other people?  At least for me and my boy, it was the ABCs.  Now, Bug is getting to the age where the fun and excitement can be repeated, and the ladies at Kiboomu have helped capture the joy and fun in their latest app in their Song Piano series: ABC Song Piano.

Just like with their previous apps “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Piano” and “Old MacDonald Piano” you go and press the piano button, and your little one can sit and enjoy the music and animation, but also have the option of interacting and pressing the piano keys themselves.

With ABC Song Piano, children can do the following:
♫ learn the alphabet
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

Just like their previous iterations, Kiboomu has show that they know how to develop apps that not only educate but entertain toddlers and preschoolers.  So if you’re looking for a new app to help keep you kids quiet and entertained, or if you’re child is starting to learn their ABCs and getting excited about it, then this app is for you!  As always with Kiboomu, I highly recommend this app.

Below is a video of Bug watching and listening to the app the very first time I played it for her.  If that’s not a 20 month old captivated, I don’t know what is!

 


BOTTOM LINE

“ABC Song Piano” is an exceptional colorful and creative musical, educational, and entertaining app that will bring out your child’s excitement about learning the alphabet along with bringing out your children’s interests and talents of music.

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Infants for 2010


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Well, its that time again, to give out the list of the top apps I’ve been fortunate enough to use with Bug.  Consider all these that I list as tried and true apps, that I have used and are approved by Bug and that can save you as a parent when you have a squirming, impatient infant/toddler.  Some are new, some are from previous lists, but I consider this my top list for iPhone apps for infants for 2010.

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Bubbles

Price: $1.99     Developer: Hog Bay Software

Yes, the concept is simple, buy hey, sometimes simple is better!  If you need a quick distraction for your little one, Bubbles is just the ticket for you.  All it is, is a simple app with animated bubbles that you pop by touching them.  An easy distraction for that squirming, impatient little man or lady.
Admittedly, the simplification of the app leaves a lot to be desired, such as different colors, but none the less, it does what you strive for it to do

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Cat in the Hat

Price: $3.99     Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat is a musical, interactive version of the book we loved as children, but is now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Admittedly this might be slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.  The best part is that Oceanhouse Media is offering more and more apps based on children’s books, way too many to list here, so you’re not limited to just The Cat in the Hat

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My Very First App

Price: $.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the first of 3 apps that make this list from Night & Day Studios (and let me say, they are not a sponsor and I’ve paid for these apps, these are simply apps that Bug loves and entertained with).  My Very First App is a fun and interactive educational app based on Eric Carle’s My Very First Books.  The apps comes with 3 levels – Easy (ages 1-3), Medium (ages 2-5), and Hard (ages 3-6) along with offering additional levels and options through in app purchases, giving this app long term value as your little one grows.

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Old MacDonald Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

Kiboomu Publishing also makes more then one appearance on this list as both apps have proven themselves, and just like with their first one, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.

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Peekaboo Barn

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the app that started it all and made me realize how important an entertaining and educational app could be to have! The second appearance on this list by Night & Day Studios offers fun, education and entertainment, an equation they seem to have mastered.   And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”.

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Peekaboo Wild

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

The first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

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Splish Splash Inn

Price: $.99     Developer: Short Stack

The app, in concept is simple, but in practice outshines all others.  Splish Splash Inn is self paced, as your child can select when and which door he/she wants to click next, only to enter the selected room and watch as they count a set number of a specific sea animal, not only helping with counting skills, but also throwing in a little marine biology in the mix (those sneaky Shortstack folks!)  I sometimes have to help Bug use this one, as its difficult for her to sometimes get back to the door selection screen, but its fun to listen to her trying to count with the narration, and enjoys touching the animals and seeing what noises each of them make.  If you haven’t checked this one out, this is a must have for your infant or toddler.

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Toddler Counting

Price: $.99     Developer: iTot Apps

Designed by parents in coordination with preschool teachers, Toddler Counting helps teach basic counting skills, and even makes it fun for your toddler.  The basis is somewhat a combination of a few apps already on this list.  You are given a random number of animals on a screen, like “3 Bears” and the app counts, as you touch each bear.  A very simple app, that Bug has really started to enjoy as she’s learning to count, and keeps her attention as much as any other.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu

This is another one of those apps that has proven the test of time and that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

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Velveteen Rabbit

Price: $3.99     Developer: Ruckus Media Group

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful storybook app, Ruckus Media Group is the place to go!  Ruckus Media Group has began to feature some classic children’s books, that are absolutely gorgeous, some of the most beautiful apps I’ve ever seen, and up the aunty even more by having their storybook apps read by notable, actors, and accompanied by well-known musicians.  The app gives you the two typical options, where you can read to your child, or have the app read to them, but also offers a third option, which some parents might enjoy; you’re able to record yourself reading the story, for it to be played back to your child later.

Of course, as always, if you feel that I’ve missed an app, please comment below, as I always love finding new apps and/or have no issue with admitting when I’m wrong

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Old MacDonald Had an App, EE-I-EE-I-O: Old MacDonald Piano


Title: Old MacDonald Piano  Price: $1.99    Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

image Anyone that follows this site knows that when it comes to iPhone apps, I tend to concentrate more on apps geared towards younger kids, and I test every single app I write about with my Bug (my 16 month old daughter).  Through all my reviews to this point, there have been very few that I’ve truly gushed about and praised about more then Kiboomu’s first app: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano.  Well, the people behind Kiboomu have gone against the old adage and proven that lightning can, and does strike twice, with their equally great and enjoyable Old MacDonald Piano!

Just like with their first one, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.

Created by a preschool teacher and pianist, this interactive app encourages children to take a more active role in learning.  It’s also a really fun way to introduce children to playing piano and the fun of music.  Research has shown that piano lessons have helped children in school, with concentration and coordination.  Beyond the simple aspects of entertainment value, this app can open the door for many more possibilities with your child down the road.

With this play-a-song iPhone app, children can do the following:
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

imageThis app is seriously one of my favorites that have been released this year and is definitely a must have for any parent of a toddler or preschooler.  The beauty of Kiboomu’s apps, and what I think will set them apart from other developers down the road, is that their apps have so many interactive levels, that the use of the app can grow and expand as your child grows.

Don’t believe me?  Head on over to Kiboomu Kids to learn more about their great apps and don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter

Old MacDonald Piano is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.

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5 Great iPhone apps for infants and toddlers (yes infants)


Its a general rule for parents that you’ll find anyway possible to make your child happy, to get them to laugh, especially when you’re out in public or stuck in a car.  Although most people don’t see their iPhone as an entertainment tool for their infant, as a father of a 10 month old, I can tell you that a select handful of apps have saved me from a crying little girl and kept her entertained for how long I needed her to, and saved my sanity.

1. Peekaboo Wild

Image51 The current cream of the crop for me!  Peekaboo Wild from Night & Day Studios, Inc offers up a fun, colorful educational delight.  It gives your child the chance to learn the sounds and names of some of the animals of the wild, including elephant, lion, and hippo in either English or Spanish.  Offering colorful images and animation, along with animal sounds and the name of the animal, my little girl already knows how to use this app all on her own, and gets mad when the animals all are sleeping at the end.  At $1.99, it has been worth every penny!

2. Peekaboo Barn

Image1 The app that started it all, at least for me, also comes from Night & Day Studios, and offers the same fun, education and entertainment that Peekaboo Wild offers, only this covers farm animals, including a cow and a horse.  And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”. Also at $1.99.

3. eliasZOO

Image3 eliasZoo comes from the same vein as Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild in that it covers animals, their names and sounds.  What eliasZOO offers though is 22 brightly colored animals that your child can poke at to hear the name and the sound they make.  My little girl loves this one just as much as the others, and it gives her a different group of animals that she can learn, see and hear.  (Plus, I never knew what sound a Unicorn made until I got this app). $1.99.

4. Old MacDonald & Itsy Bitsy Spider

omdicon1ibsiconBoth these apps come from Duck Duck Moose, along with Wheels on the Bus.  These apps take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen, allowing your child to explore each page of these colorful musical books.  Being able to play and sing along with your child makes this app a fun little moment to have with each other.  Although not as simple as the apps previously listed in terms of controls, my little girl still loves sitting in my lap as I get the book to move forward through the songs. Old MacDonald is $1.99, while Itsy Bitsy Spider only will cost you $.99.

5. The Cat in the Hat & Dr Seuss’s ABCs

Icon_Tiny_WhiteCornersj Icon_Tiny_WhiteCorners Both these apps come from Oceanhouse Media, where they offer up a couple more Dr Seuss inspired apps.  The Cat in the Hat and Dr Seuss’s ABCs are musical, interactive versions of the books we loved as children, now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Like the apps from Duck Duck Moose, these are slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.

As parents, we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we had that magic wand to make our babies happy.  Well they might not quit be that magic wand, but these apps are simple, safe distractions for those times when you need it!

Do you or your child have a favorite app?  Any suggestions or input?  Feel free to leave any comments, as my little bug will be getting bigger and needing new ways to be entertained very soon I’m sure.

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