While the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood has launched a campaign against app manufacturers who market educational apps for babies, there’s no doubt that apps designed for toddlers and preschoolers can be used to reinforce early learning concepts. The possibilities of well-designed interactive apps to help teach numbers, colors, letters, letter sounds, and even sight words to young kids are endless especially when learning is combined with favorite characters or well known books.
One great example of a great educational app for young ages is the new 5 Little Monkeys that launched late last week in the iTunes Store. Probably one of the most well known children rhymes, the 5 Little Monkeys app features repetition to help develop cognitive skills like memorization, reasoning and comprehension. It also helps teach counting and language through beautiful graphics and sounds.
This app helps young children practice counting up to five while interactive elements allow them to practice fine motor skills and coordination. Kids will enjoy tapping on the screen to get the monkeys to jump on the bed. All ages will enjoy rhyming, singing, and acting along with the monkeys as they also learn musical skills such as pitch control, volume, and voice inflection.
5 Little Monkeys is $2.99 from iTunes for iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPods.
To celebrate their new launch, 5 Little Monkeys creator, Kids Academy, is providing a $50 iTunes gift card to one lucky Tech Savvy Mama reader. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.
I received an iTunes gift card to facilitate my review of this app. Image courtesy of Kids Academy.