Okay I’ll admit it. My daughter probably knows how to use my iPhone better than I do. I’m fairly new to the world of smart phones and she’s been playing on my husband’s phone for at least a year longer than I’ve had my hands on one. Although I’ll argue the value of hands-on learning over smart technology I do love finding new apps that actually encourage learning. SumahoMAMA, creators of educational children’s applications, recently announced the release of two new apps, Touch ‘n Sing and Geo Challenge.
Designed To Inspire Curiosity in Children, the All-New App Combines Music with Learning
Built on a foundation of music and song play, Touch ‘n Sing was designed to be enjoyed by children ages 2-6 with a wide range of learning aptitudes and backgrounds. Younger kids can have fun listening to the music, learning rhythm and engaging in interactive play. Older children, who recognize and read letters, can view the song lyrics to sing along with and enjoy games that involve the alphabet. With four different interactive modes of music play to choose from plus a wide variety of educational activities, kids of all ages can enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they play.
Features of Touch ‘n Sing include:
Enjoy catchy, entertaining music while learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors through games that stimulate and challenge the imagination. Each song has completely different features, so your child is sure to find an all-time favorite.
The app comes with two free songs including:
• The Hokey Pokey: Help the 5 dancers move in time with the song and learn the difference between right and left, as well as parts of the body like hand, foot, head and bottom. Tap your character to make them shake and shimmy!
• The Alphabet Song: Match similar balloons. Guess correctly and something neat that starts with that letter will appear! And if you can’t get it, tapping the question mark button will give you a hint! You can even change between capital and small letters, so you can learn both.
SumahoMAMA offers Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, which teaches kids about the solar system and planets.
Other songs available for download include: 10 Little Indians, The Muffin Man, Old MacDonald, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Farmer in the Dell, London Bridge, Turkey in the Straw and Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree.
I really like that SumahoMAMA’s apps do not come with tutorials. Instead, SumahoMAMA encourages children to discover the way to play each game on their own. My four-year-old enjoyed exploring the games and figuring how the surprises in each all while listening to her favorite songs in Touch ‘n Sing.
“As moms ourselves, we create our apps with our kids in mind, considering everything from educational value to stimulating interactivity,” said Kyoko Sakai, co-founder, SumahoMAMA. “We see our apps as tools that can be used to teach children about the world around them to gain real life experiences. We hope your children love our apps as much as ours do.”
My daughter liked the Geo Challenge app as well where she learned about the world through maps, puzzles and flags however I think it would appeal more to older kids who can read.
To see this app in action, check out this short video!
SumahoMAMA is currently available for iOS and can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store. The basic version of the app is free and comes with two songs; twelve additional songs can be purchased for $0.99 each. Versions for Android and the Amazon Kindle will be available soon.
1 winner will receive the full versions of the children’s apps Touch ‘n Sing and Geo Challenge (including the paid portions) as well as a $50 iTunes gift card!
Disclosure: I received a small gift for my time to share this giveaway, however all thoughts remain my own.