This month's app recommendation is Toca Band by Toca Boca, an innovative play studio that creates app content for childen. Toca Band features 16 musicians gearing up for a big concert -- and they need help putting on their big show! The app encourages creative play with the use of sounds, different instruments, characters, and beats. We especially love how each "song" that users compose is completely different from the next.
Learning about music through such an interactive method is something that we love. Playing music and singing with your children is also a great way to promote Early Literacy in pre-reading children. Singing, talking, reading, and playing are all key Early Literacy skills that parents and caregivers should do daily to promote reading skill.
Common Sense media recently reviewed the app and recommended tapping out a rhythm and having your child repeat it. We like that this encourages play between parents and children (and, truthfully, we also love playing with this app!).
Come check out Toca Band on our display iPad in the Children's Library, and also on our circulating Early Literacy iPads. iPad and iPhone sers may also purchase the app for $1.99 from the Apple website.