“Fun sounds & pictures!”
Another in the series of the Toddler Time! Apps, this app focuses on 4 different topics from the previous ones, namely Musical Instruments, Places, Pets and Farm Animals. All pictures used in the app are well taken photographs. The name of the object is shown right below the picture and once tapped, you can hear the word pronounced in a female voice. This is a great aid for word recognition. Also, tapping on the picture will play a sound related to the picture. For example, in the Musical Instruments section, you can hear the sound made by each musical instrument as you touch the picture. For the pets and farm animals, you will hear the animal sounds. The sounds of the pictures in the Places section are very much associated with the place itself, and the sounds that one can hear around the place. For instance, tapping on the picture on 'beach' you will hear waves. It can definitely provide the context to help your child talk more about each picture, especially in this section, and help them come up with other words associated with the main word introduced here in this app. Each section presents the user with 10 vocabulary words. For each word introduced, a number is associated with it (from 1 to 10). A sea creature shows up when the number is clicked on. As with the other Toddler Time apps, this is a straight forward vocabulary app that introduces new words to children in the categories. Developer Feedback Perhaps have a couple of matching activities (matching word to picture or vice versa) to help the child reinforce what was covered in the app would be great. Another way to extend this to older children could be to use the words in each section and make it into a reordering of letters activity, or fill in the missing letters game. Either way, it can help the older children to remember how the word is spelled, and is good for word recognition and vocabulary enhancement.
fun_activities Help your child create a 'Word Web'. Building on the sounds associated with the words in the Places section, pick one word, and tap the picture to play the sound. Ask your child what he/she can hear. Ask him/her to picture being at the beach and what he/she can see. Write down the words that your child comes up with, and help create a word web using a big piece of paper. You can have your child draw pictures associated with these words later, and put the picture up for display somewhere in the house. Marlene Activity: It's Alive/ It's Not Alive