“An introduction to notation and pitch through animals.”
Notation and pitch is explored as children are encourages to 'play the flute' to coax animals out of hiding. Animals are classified by habitat, which works well, but the app on the whole is too repetitive, even for young children for whom repetition is an important part of learning.
“Al Rescate Amigos!”
Preschoolers will enjoy musical discovery with Nick Jr.'s Diego. Like the Go, Diego Go show, Spanish phrases are infused in the dialog, which prompts preschoolers to find the lost baby animals in six different environments by playing Diego's flute to lure the animals out. Reinforces following directions and introduces beginning concepts of musical notation.
“Help Diego lure shy animals with music from his flute”
Diego's musical mission is to lure shy animals from their hiding places using the dulcet tones of his flute. Children can assist by matching the notes using colors as hints. There are many layers to this app: learning about animals in different habitats, exposure to Spanish words, as well as seeing music notes and hearing familiar tunes. Directions are clear and Diego gives supportive hints.
Make your own instrument - older children can explore pitch with a water bottles and different amounts of water - change the amount each time you blow. With adult supervision, younger children can explore pitch percussion with many glasses filled to a different level with fluid. Each glass could have different colored fluid in it!
With the app, talk about the different environments the baby animals are in, sing the songs that child and Diego create to lull the babies out. For musical parents, introduce the concepts of the notes on the staff and how they each have their own sound and "home."
Diego gives clear directions which leaves adults free to simply support and have fun as children play. Parents might ask their child what a certain Spanish word might mean or if they recognize what tune is being played.