Moon Tunes by Wee Taps

Moon Tunes by Wee Taps is a music player for smaller children. The app consists of at least two scenes (or music players). Each music player has a tray of music items that can be dragged onto the scene to play that particular song. It comes with a few songs and as a parent you can associate any of the music items with songs in your library. There are also special effects that the child can touch as the music is playing.

The app is beautiful. Beautiful bright colors, nicely done illustrations and great sounds effects. It should help younger children learn one to one relationship (a building block for more advance math skills).

As far as dislike I only have one, I wish it didn’t display the extra purchasable scene in the main screen selection area. Technically it is a gift for people who have purchased their other game , but small kids might not understand why they can’t use the rocket player and parents might not want to buy an extra game just for that scene.

Overall another great app from the people at Wee Taps (my daughter still plays Wee Subs). Available in the Apple App store for $1.99. I reviewed it on my iPad and was provided a few copy by the publisher. No android version. Works perfectly fine without internet connection.

Kids Sounds by Pyjamas Apps

Kids Sounds by Pyjamas Apps reminds me of Apple’s GarageBand. But instead of using instruments to make music, you touch items in the scene to make sounds. Some of the objects continue to play the sound after you stop touching them, which allows you and your kids to layer the sounds to create interesting patterns.

The app is beautifully illustrated, and the music that it creates wasn’t annoying (at least for me). My daughter had a great time playing with the two free scenes that come with the app. The in app store requires you to hold your touch over the store items to make it harder for younger kids to buy them accidentally (a nice touch). I really love the open-ended of the app. There is really no wrong way to play this app.

As for dislikes I only have one: I wish you could record, save, and send your music creations. Overall a great music educational app.

I tested the free version (as prompted by the publisher) on my full size iPad. It costs .99 cents to get all 6 scenes. I couldn’t find an Android version, it doesn’t have in app advertisement, and it works offline.

Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose

Almost everybody has heard of the song Wheels on the Bus. I suspect there are at least a few dozen variations of the song. With this app your son can sing along with some of the traditional verses. For each verse this application presents a beautiful illustrated scene. Each of these scenes has items that your child can interact with. My daughter particularly liked the monkey stealing the cupcakes.

One of the best feature of the app is that you can change how the song is played. There is an option to switch the signing to Spanish, French, German (and others) and even making it just instrumental. There is also an option to record your own rendition of the song.

The Duck Duck Moose screenshot is very fun and creative, and we had to replay that scene over and over again.

As for the bad: I wish there were more interactive items on each page, and that it included some extra scenes even if they were not part of the original song. My daughter played with it for over an hour (with me), but I think in the end she was tired of the same scenes. For smaller kids this might not be a problem.

Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Mouse is available for $1.99 on Play and Apple Apps Store.