If you think a dollar is worth a fun, educational toy that will keep your child entertained, I highly recommend checking out Sound Touch.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I think the key to a successful iPhone app for children is simplicity. For the younger ones, even swiping can get a little tricky. Sound Touch relies only on taps, making it super easy for little fingers to navigate.
The app opens right to the activity, without a main menu. It’s broken into four categories, which are shown at the bottom of the screen as pictures – Animals, Transportation, and Musical Instruments. Each page has twelve items displayed with bright, cute cartoon items. Tap a picture, and a real life photo of the item pops open, accompanied by the sound it makes. Tap the picture anywhere, and it disappears.
Playing around with the app, I discovered something even cooler – each item has not one, but three real pictures and sounds! Bringing up something new every time you tap is a great way to keep kids’ attention. The photos are great, as is the sound quality of the recordings.
My favorite is the musical instruments section – I love that kids can tap on a piano or trumpet and hear three different runs. Tapping on the drum shows them a drumset, bongos, and marching drums. With ships and fire trucks, sheep and donkeys, and accordions and harmonicas, it would take a while for little ones to get tired of this game!
I’d love to see more apps from Sound Touch with even more categories for kids to explore and learn. This is a fantastic concept, and I think it’s been really well executed. At just $0.99, I think Sound Touch is a wonderful deal for parents.
Sound Touch requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.