One of my favorite songs to sing growing up was “Five Little Monkeys.” My mom told me that I used to sing that the “monkey fell and broke hims head.” How cute?!?! Now that I have kids of my own, of course I am going to introduce them to the song and show them the book of the song that has been retold and illustrated by Eileen Christelow. Many of you may be familiar with the book, however, did you know that they have a really cool iPad app to go along with it? I just blew your mind didn’t I!
When you first open the app, the five monkeys appear just as they are in the book. You are given three different options, read to me, read it myself, and auto-play. The read to me option has a narrator and you, or really your child, will swipe the page when it is time to turn it. While the narrator is reading, the word that they are on changes to a different color. This is a very helpful tool for pre-readers. Throughout the book, your child has the ability to click on the different pictures and words will appear. For example, when you click on the water, the word “water” pops up and the narrator says water. The narrator part of this tool is fun and often helpful but it can be a bit confusing at times. Let me explain, when you click on one of the monkey’s, the narrator may say two, because it is the second monkey, but it depends where you are counting from. It is helpful to have the narrator read the word, so your child can hear and see the word. During the read it myself option, your child can click on any of the words and the narrator will read it.
My daughter loves this app. She asks to “play” it all of the time. She has fun using the auto-play and just sitting back and listening to the story. She also likes making the narrator read all of the words.
I recommend this fun and educational app especially since it connects to a well-known song and book that your child may already be familiar with. Enjoy!
- The app costs $2.99. Here is a link to the itunes page.
- Here is a link to the Oceanhouse Media Website who produces this app and others like it.
- Check out my review on Elmo Loves ABC’s app here!
We love Sesame Street in this house. I am so impressed by the writing and creativity every time I see a new episode. I think that it teaches early literacy, math and important life lessons in a way that is easy and engaging for children. Therefore, I wasn’t surprised when I saw that they developed a fun, informative app for the Ipad on the alphabet. We just had to check it out! It is called “Elmo Loves ABC’s.” We started out with the “Lite” version that only gives you access to a couple of letters and a few less features. There are so many different components to the full app.
Here are some of the highlights and features to the app…
• First there is Elmo and his voice, which is familiar to your child if they watch the show. I think that this helps children feel more safe to try new things and to retry something that may have difficulty with.
• It also has a writing component. This was my daughters’ introduction to the idea of writing letters. Before watching any of the videos or using the other features, your child has to correctly trace the upper and lower case letter of their choice.
• Upon completion of the tracing, your child has the choice to either watch three different videos featuring words beginning with the chosen letter, color pictures featuring the letter, or find objects hidden on the computer screen featuring the letter. Every option reinforces what each letter looks and sounds like!!
• There are a couple of other features, THE ABSOLUTY BEST, is that you can personalize this app with pictures and videos of your own!! SO COOL! For example, lets say that your daughter is named Amy. Under the “A” section you can put a picture of her and when she clicks on it, it can show a picture that you upload and a recording of your voice saying her name. You can fill the application with pictures of your child’s friends and family. It is very easy to do. When you first click on the app, there is a button which looks like two adults and a child. There are directions after you click on it. Any way that you can personalize learning to your child is soooo beneficial.
Overall, I recommend this app for anyone looking for something that teaches the alphabet in a fun and informative way. “Elmo Loves ABC’s” also grows with your child. At first I had to help move my daughter’s fingers to trace the letters correctly so she could move on, now she does it all on her own. She is always asking to use it too. I would recommend trying the “Lite” version to see what you think. Enjoy!