Why we love this app
This is one of those apps which is not designed for use by young learners, but it is such fun for them. Paint lines and dots or even letters and then listen to the music your drawing makes. This is an open-ended tool which could be used from three to 93.
What it teaches and how it works
When you draw on the screen in Sound Brush each dip in a line or dot of "sound paint" creates a series of tones or notes. Choose from a small collection of instruments, each with its own color. The correlation between up and down on the screen and up and down on a musical scale is a simple lesson. More advanced exploration is possible, too. Musical masterpieces can be saved and even exported and shared.
Why your kid won't be able to put it down
Children seen using this app seem to delight in "scribbling" music at first, and then later move toward drawing letters or simple pictures to hear what they sound like. Some children try little lines and dots to hear how notes combine. There's so much open exploration and a bit of a cacophony of noisy learning. No mistakes - only creativity and exploration. What's not to love?
|appoLearning Report Card||
|Features specific educational objectives|
|Fosters critical thinking|
|Adapts to kids' skill level|
|Intellectually stimulating for children|
|Instructions are clear and simple|
|Well-suited to age group|
|Assesses progress and proficiency|
|Parents and teachers can assess progress|
|Features and Design|
|Unique in its concept, design and approach|
|Engaging design and repeatable content|
|Excellent value for price|
|Doesn't require additional in-app spending|
|Safety and Privacy|
|Doesn't expose kids to external services or advertisers|
|Doesn't ask for personal data|
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