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Stuff We Love: ABC Mouse iPhone Apps

Holy technical issues this morning!  Gah.  I need a do-over. . .Anyway, here’s our regularly scheduled post, LATE!  


I have to admit it.  I’ve resorted to the phone.

I’ve resorted to the phone maybe a little too much in the past few weeks.  But when you’re exhausted and sometimes on the verge of losing the entire coconut cake you ate  as a snack, you’ll do ANYTHING to keep a toddler quietly amused.

So a couple of times in the past few weeks, I’ve given Mac the phone for a little while so that we could cuddle on the bed together.

Mac doesn’t have any interest in watching television so that’s how I justify letting him have the phone for 30 to 60 minutes on some days.  Of course, no one has any idea if this is healthy for a toddler since these gadgets are so new, there’s no long-term studies showing how they affect little ones.

I’m willing to risk it.

I will say, that my guilt is somewhat assuaged by the fact that we only provide him access to educational or imaginative apps.

I’ve previously sung the praises of the Toca Boca apps for their creativity and fun factor and recently my Husband found a brand called ABC Mouse.com.

I just glanced at their website and it appears they have an entire digital curriculum for Preschoolers and kindergarteners.  They offer fun, educational digital games and activities in Reading, Math, Art and Science.  The website offers digital story books, games, and even printables for little ones.  It appears there are subscription fees associated with using some of their material.

However, they offer free apps for iPhone (and perhaps other smart phones).  The first App we showed Mac was A to Z Music Videos.  I ahem MAC LOVES THIS APP!   Every letter of the alphabet has its own song with unique lyrics and a cartoon music video.  The lyrics are clever.  The singing and musical arrangements are very respectable and the videos are engaging and move at a nice pace but not the kind of herky, jerky crazy motion that makes me worry the poor kid is going to have a seizure.

When you download the app, a few of the videos are provided.  In order to see the full alphabet, you can either purchase additional videos from the app store OR you can earn tickets by watching the videos.  Mac is so in love with the videos, he just earns tickets and downloads new videos when he wants.  (Yes, it’s mind-blowing).  He’s singing along with the lyrics and I am hopeful he’s recognizing upper case and lower case letters as well as increasing his vocabulary a little.

With summer coming, if you’re worried about your preschooler or kindergartener retaining some of the material they learned, these apps might be just the fun thing you need to help reinforce the concepts they learned in school over summer break!

Just so you don’t think I’m completely wretched, of course we moderate his phone time.  Also, when he has the phone, we try to be present and paying some degree of attention so we can pause and discuss thing with him – same as we would if he were playing a more “traditional” educational game.

We aren’t compensated for writing product reviews.  Sometimes, we just find something we like so much, I think it’s worth sharing.

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5 Responses to “Stuff We Love: ABC Mouse iPhone Apps”

  1. Tara says:

    My kids have just discovered the Toca games (Toca Tailer, Toca Kitchen Monsters). They are free right now and seem to be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
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    • admin says:

      They are really great apps aren’t they? I LOVE the Kitchen Monsters! Mac also has Toca Tailor, Doctor, and Toca Band. Toca Band can get pretty obnoxious fast but it’s so creative, I just can’t bring myself to delete it. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. My daughter loves anything musical. Her favorite obsession with the iphone is listening to SMULE. She is a little musical nerd/snob at 4 1/2. Her current favorite song on continuous repeat is Mozart’s Sonata 15. Little weirdo. How can I complain about that, though?!
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    • admin says:

      Mac is just REALLY getting into the tunes. We try to expose him to all genres and I’m not sure he’ll take to Sonata 15 like your daughter has, he seems to be way more into the low-brow likes of silly children’s songs and Jimmy Buffett. Ha!

      Let me know if your daughter likes the app. The songs come in a variety of musical styles and are song by different artists – male and female so maybe she’ll find something new she enjoys.

      How does she listen to music? Do you have a CD player or ipod somewhere she can access? Or do you play a radio station for her routinely? I’d like to add more music to our indoor time but sometimes I hesitate because the noise and chaos is already ENOUGH. Ha.

      • Jennifer says:

        Haha! I know, sometimes I just want quiet!! We have ROKU for the TV and I play Pandora on there, which is awesome! I love Pandora and have it on the Ipad and the iphone as well so we can have music where ever we go. Music is the one constant that calms my daughter down no matter what. She has a pretty wide range of likes. On Pandora we usually listen to Scott Joplin, Ragtime music but she also likes Toddler radio, Swing Radio, and Outlaws of Country Radio. Her other favorite song on Smule is California Dreaming by the Mama’s and Papa’s. Oh, and any silly song by the Veggie Tales. She loves Bob and Larry. I hear Veggie Tales songs in my sleep.
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