If you are like me, you are always on the lookout for fun, new apps that are age-appropriate but can still hold the attention of a toddler. Music, coloring, games, and fun are the top must-haves in an app that will truly entertain various ages. Grunge rocker turned children’s musician David Weinstone has a revolutionary new music app that merges art and music with a creative flair that is refreshing with Music for Aardvarks Coloring Jukebox.
Toddlers and (Almost) Tweens
I tried the app with my picky 4-year-old, my diva 7-year-old, and even my hard-to-please 11-year-old…
A taxi full of friends explores music that is modern without being inappropriate. The well-balanced tunes are fun without being preachy or pandering. In addition to enjoying catchy songs, your little artist can create a work of art through painting, but it’s not your typical swipe of color. Animal friends like a bubble-blowing frog lets your child pop bubbles of color that splatter a page with bright and bold hues. What kid doesn’t love popping bubbles?!
A monkey will toss colorful fruits are your picture which fill in the desired area with the hue of the food he tosses. It’s a clever way of creating a color-association without being an obvious less. The pooping pigeon was bar far the family-favorite. Giggles erupted as the bird dropped colorful bird-poo across the painting, but soon the picture became their pride and joy.
The music itself is catchy. During bathtub, my kids sang “Splashing in the Tub” which once again brought back the topic of rainbow pooping pigeon. My almost-tween preferred to sit out the sudsy jam session, but I later caught him humming some of the tunes. Demands to hear the song after my toddler bathed followed, and I knew the app was a winner. It wasn’t until I began singing it to myself it later in the evening that I realized how catchy the songs really are!
The story behind Music for Aardvarks Coloring Jukebox App is also impressive.
In 1997, David was living the life of a starving artist in Manhattan’s East Village, teaching for a national music program for pre-schoolers by day and playing in a grunge rock band by night. After enduring hours of irritating children’s music, and with a toddler of his own, David discovered that kids needed better music. Walking away from the grunge rock scene, David held his first Music for Aardvarks class.
The app features six albums worth of David’s songs, many of which are unavailable for purchase anywhere else, so kids will finally be able to bring home their favorite Music for Aardvarks tracks. The app is currently available now on iOS and coming soon to Android.
My 4-year-old demands “the taxi and rainbow poop bird” game constantly. My 7-year-old will bust out the occasional desire to see the fruit tossing monkey, and I have even caught my 11-year-old quietly enjoying popping bubbles with the frog once or twice. The app is aimed at the younger crowd, and it fits well, but will please everyone on some level.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review for Music For Aardvarks. The opinions and text are all mine.