Sunday, November 03, 2013
Peg + Cat Big Gig (top Android apps for kids)
The brand new series Peg + Cat on PBS Kids is now available as an Android app! This wonderful music teaching app not only introduces children to notes on a stave, but also teaches musical patterns. Two sides of the app give the player the option to learn how to play, or to play freestyle. This is a fantastic early learning music app that is offered on Google Play, Amazon and Nook.
Choose the Big Gig option to learn how to read music by doing Warm Ups. The chosen musician plays his/her instrument as your child taps the colored and numbered circles that match the circles on the stave. After working through the Warm Ups, your child can then Pick A Song to play, from the repertoire of original songs from the TV series. The song is played phrase by phrase, which your child then copies using the "keyboard".
The Sound Check option gives your child the opportunity to perform and record his/her own music using a variety of instrument and voice options. It is this expression of creativity that makes this app a Smart App because children can be quite innovative in their music creation if given minimal instruction and restrictions. This is definitely going on my Top Apps to have on Android devices list!
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
Tune up your ukulele and get ready to rock! In this fun app from PBS KIDS, children ages 3 to 5 practice math skills by learning and creating songs.
PEG + CAT Big Gig, based on the PBS KIDS series PEG + CAT, is a musical app that invites you to pick an instrument and play songs with Peg, Cat and their friends in different worlds featured in the show – on the farm, Pirate Island, the Magic Forest, and even on the Purple Planet!
• Play as one of five different characters from the PEG + CAT television series: Peg, the Pig, Tessa, Ramone, and Richard!
• Play eight different songs from the show, including the “Problem Solved” song!
• Practice counting up and down by ones and twos, adding one, and extending patterns in four different Warm Up activities
• Sing along to the songs with on-screen lyrics as Peg’s band rocks out!
• Create your own songs in “Sound Check,” featuring a chorus of cheeping chickens!
• Play a solo with one of three different background tracks
• Record your song and play it back!
In the Big Gig, while playing simple melodies from PEG + CAT, practice preschool math skills including identifying numbers, counting up and down by ones and twos, adding ones, and extending patterns. After you play a song, you’re treated to a show – characters rocking out just for you!
In the Sound Check activity, explore and make music on your own! You’ll find a chorus of chickens ready to cheep, musical instruments, song loops, and characters who will sing and shout on your cue. You can even record your little ditty and play it back. The music you make is up to you!
Created by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson and produced by the Fred Rogers Company, PEG + CAT is an animated adventure series for 3-5 year olds that inspires children to see math and problem solving as exciting, accessible, and fun.
For more learning adventures with Peg and Cat, visit pbskids.org/peg. For more apps from PBS KIDS, visit http://pbskids.org/apps.
About PBS KIDS
Peg + Cat Big Gig is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital media, as well as community-based programs.
PEG + CAT is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The contents of this app were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. [PR/Award No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A]