Animal Sounds – a “Fun Toddler Game” for storytime

thAnimal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game is an app that may be used as a transitional story stretch during storytime programs.

Bibliographic Info:  Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game  Innovative Mobile Apps/Alligator Apps (2011)  Format: App  Interest Level: kids ages 4+  Genre: Nonfiction, Games  Themes: Animal Sounds

Summary:  The Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game app is a simple and elegant tool for teaching animal sounds and vocabulary.

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on April 15th, 2015.  This material has been selected for the AppWOW collection.

th-2Review:  Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game is an app that functions as a tool for teaching animal sounds and vocabulary to young children.  The app’s strengths lie in its simple design and usability as a guessing game.  When you tap your iPad to access this app there is no long intro.  An easy menu page pops up with many animal flash cards to choose from.  In manual mode, tap on an animal and you will hear its sound.  Children can guess the name of the animal.  It’s that easy.  The images, which are actual pictures of animals (not illustrations), provide kids with real world information.  The animal sounds range from easy to unrecognizable.  Several will even inspire giggles.

th-1Storytime:  This app makes a fun guessing game during storytime.  All you need is your iPad and a bluetooth speaker for larger groups.  Introduce the game like this:  “Let’s play animal sounds!  Turn on your listening ears.  What’s the name of this animal?”  Tap on a flash card and the animal sound will play.  After kids guess, flip the iPad around to reveal the animal.  Spell out the animal’s name, pointing letter to letter, and then sound it out.  Have the children echo and join in.  Finally, pronounce the animal’s name and cue kids to echo it back.  Choose another animal and repeat a few times.

1. Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game provides parents with opportunities to use the following Early Literacy-Building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):

  • Talking – Children learn about language by listening to parents and caregivers talk and by joining in conversation. Talking, telling stories and stretching conversations helps children learn new words, learn to express themselves and learn how to have a conversation.
  • Reading – Reading together remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves. Reading together develops vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge needed to understand other books and stories when they are older. Reading introduces children to “rare” words that they may not hear in everyday conversation.
  • Playing – Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language. Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words.


2. Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game supports these Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):

  • Add information-focused content and materials that broaden knowledge of the real world.
  • Integrate new media materials and technology in classroom settings. Cultivate media literacy behaviors through modeling.
  • Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings.  Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.

I chose to review the Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game app because recommends it for use during digital storytime programs.

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!