Peekaboo Barn – a peekaboo game that functions as a storytime transition

HomeTile-Barn2013The delightful Peekaboo Barn takes you to a happy farm where barn doors reveal happy animals, creating a fun guessing game for toddlers.


Bibliographic Info:  Peekaboo Apps:  Barn, Forest, Fridge, Sesame Street, Trick-or-Treat, Presents  Night & Day Studios (2008)  Format: App  Interest Level: kids 5 and under Genre: Nonfiction, Games  Themes: Animals, Animal Sounds, Letter Awareness, Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness

Summary:  Inside Peekaboo Barn, friendly animals await to surprise young children.  Kids try to guess farm animals by listening to their sounds.  Children can read the animal’s  names too.  Even more surprises await little ones in Peekaboo Forest, Peekaboo Wild, Peekaboo Sesame Street, Peekaboo Fridge, Peekaboo Trick-o-Treat and Peekaboo Presents.  

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Peekaboo Barn was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on April 20th, 2015.  This material has been selected for the AppWOW collection.


PeekabooBarnReview:  Peekaboo Barn and the follow-up Peekaboo apps function as delightful guessing games and transitional tools for teaching vocabulary, letter awareness and phonological awareness to young children during storytime.  These apps are easy to use and fun.  Children guess the name of an animal by its sound.  Then, they see the animal’s name via onscreen text.  Together you can sound it out.  It’s a super cute game that makes a fun brain break in between stories while teaching knowledge of the real world to children.


PeekabooForest-placeholderStorytime:  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 Peekaboo Barn!  Turn on your listening ears.  Knock Knock.  What’s the name of this animal? (the animal sound repeats itself)”  Tap on the barn and say “peekaboo!”  The barn doors will open to show an animal and the animal’s sounds will play again.  Allow children to guess the name of the animal.  Finally, when the animal’s name appears onscreen, point to each letter and sound it out.  Have children do this with you.  Tap again and the barn doors will close.  Now repeat the cycle.


PeekabooFridge1. Peekaboo Barn 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.

PeekabooSesameStreet2. Peekaboo Barn 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.

Significance:  In 2008, Peekaboo Barn was one of the first apps released for toddlers.  It has been downloaded over half a million times, and played over 70 million times worldwide.

thAwards/Honors:  Peekaboo Barn been a top 20 educational game on the iTunes store nearly every day since its launch.  It won The Best Toddler App Ever award in 2009, and was named one of the top 50 iPhone apps for kids by Babble.com in 2010 and 2011.  It is recommended by The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Wired, Telegraph UK, Ireland’s The Independent, Parents Magazine, and the Washington Post.

  • Play-alikes:  Check out sequels: Peekaboo Fridge, Peekaboo Sesame Street, Peekaboo Forest, Peekaboo Trick-ot-Treat, Peekaboo Wild and Peekaboo Presents.  Also try Animal Sounds- Fun Toddler Game, and Tantrum “Sounds” Apps.
  • Links:  Night & Day Studios
  • Reviews: Common Sense MediaAppsMeNow

I chose to review Peekaboo Barn because young children enjoy peekaboo games during storytime.

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!