On the Main Page of the application, there is a puzzle with five different pieces that have a different song title and related images on each piece. In addition, there is a button at the bottom of the application which will bring you to the App Store to view other apps by Tiger Stripes.
Press on a puzzle piece related to the song you wish to play. Songs include:
- Working on the Railroad
- Twinkle Little Star
- Mary's Little Lamb
- Over the Meadow
- Jack and Jill
Then, a scene will appear and the song will play. There is a button at the top of each page to switch the setting from night to day. In addition, the user is prompted to use a two finger scroll to view more of the setting. There are different animations that occur when various images are pressed. In addition, there are different activities found in each scene ranging from counting to making a train to a boat race.
What I Like About This Application:
- The fact that there are animations when a child presses on different images makes the application interactive and motivating.
- There are some animations that include educational concepts including vocabulary and counting.
- Songs included are common for those learned and presented in early childhood and include rhyme.
- It might be fun to have a separate page with lyrics or the option to turn on/off lyrics.
- I would like to see the different games on the pages all relate to the song (most do, but the boat race; I am not sure how it relates to Jack and Jill).
- I would like to see the full song title presented on the puzzle pieces (most do except: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I've Been Working on the Railroad, and Mary Had a Little Lamb).
- Vocabulary - Discuss some of the action words, animal names, setting, and other items on the screen. When building the train on the "Working on the Railroad" song, talk about its parts.
- Verbs - Talk about the different actions the animals and people (especially Jack and Jill) do when pressed. Make up a sentence for each verb. Talk about what happened, in past tense, when an animal was pressed.
- Rhyming - Find words that rhyme in each song. Try to see how many more words the child can rhyme.
Tiger Tunes is available for the iPad for $2.99. There is also a Lite version of this application available to try out for free.
Consonantly Speaking was given a copy of this application to review. No other form of compensation was given.