My kids are obsessed with their mobile devices. And mine.
“Can I play your iPad?” is a very common question around here and the word PLAY is always a part of it. For them, it seems like no matter what they are doing on it, a tablet represents fun. It represents games. And when they get to use my tablet, it makes them feel like I have let them do something special.
Sometimes there is a part of me that yearns for the good old days when “fun” didn’t involve something that had to be turned on to use it. When going outside to play was the highlight of a child’s day. But other times, especially when I discover a particularly useful, educational type app, I realize we live in a special time that has made learning much more engaging and fun.
Music for Aardvarks Coloring Jukebox
There is something about music and children. Music opens a whole new world for them, inspiring them to be creative and learn new things about themselves and the world. When music is combined with other creative expression, the sky is the limit!
Music for Aardvarks Coloring Jukebox is a children’s coloring app designed around musician David Weinstone’s music (as seen and played for years on Nick Jr. TV). Weinstone’s music is imaginative and interactive and from one parent to another – is NOT annoying like some children’s music can be. The app also features artwork by Stephen Kroninger.
While Music for Aardvarks is geared towards babies, toddlers and preschoolers, my 7 year old and her 6 year old cousin enjoyed using the app. They took turns coloring and really enjoyed the music.
I admit I kinda enjoyed it too.
The app interface is adorable and intuitive for kids to follow. They simply select an album and then select a song and the app loads a unique coloring page with fun and creative tools for them to use as they enjoy the music and color their very own design. Each passenger in the taxi is a different coloring tool and they are simply adorable. The app includes 6 albums and each album includes 1 free song. Full albums are available as in-app purchases for $2.99 each.
She tried all of the free songs and kept going back into them to color them again. When I asked her if she was done, she said “no, I like it, can we get more songs?”
Her favorite part of the app was the poop-painting penguin! Mine too.
Music for Aardvarks Coloring Jukebox is available on iOS but is also coming soon to Android.
Do your kids enjoy apps that tap into their creative sides?
Note: This post is sponsored by Music for Aardvarks, all opinions are my own.