Developed by: Night & Day Studios
A beautiful song and illustrations to go along, we love this app for its promotion of musical and visual storytelling!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Music time. Sing your household’s favorite song or songs together with your child. Get in a musical mood!
- Title talk. The name of the app is “Cat Doorman’s Little Red Wagon.” Have a conversation about what your child expects from the app. Ask your child the following questions: What do you think this app will be like? What will the red wagon carry? A person? Something else? Will someone pull it? Push it? Who do you think Cat Doorman is?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Musical literacy. Pause the app and encourage your child to plunk out the melody on a piano, keyboard, or music software. Use the musical notes at the bottom of the screen as your guide. Another option is to try singing or humming the melody without the music playing. Help your child learn the names of the musical notes (do not worry if you do not know them yourself, you can learn together! Try an educational game online).
- Instrumentation. At the start of the app, your child is able to pick which instrument they would like to hear: guitar, piano, or the whole band. Encourage your child to listen to all three options. How do the different instruments make them feel? Do they have a favorite? The next time they listen, prepare your own instruments to play along. A tambourine, shaker, or a drum set made out of a wooden spoon and pot will make your child a part of the band! Help your child feel the beat and play in tempo.
- Character creation. The Little Red Wagon app includes many animal characters. Ask your child to tell you more about one of these characters – the baker, the dairy- owner, or one of the little girl’s friends, for instance. What traits do they have? Do they have siblings? How old are they? Where do they live? What do they like to eat? Do they have a special talent? This activity will help expand the song in your child’s mind and make them an active participant in the storytelling process.
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Map it out. The Little Red Wagon app introduces children to an enticing landscape and robust community full of mountains, trees, an orchard, a farm,shops, and many animal friends. Have your child draw and label a map of this imaginary setting. Perhaps they can include some places they cannot see while using the app in addition to the things they can see. Where does the little girl live? How about her friends? Is there a school? Would the little girl be able to use the map to take her walk again? Can your child trace the path of a different walk she could take?
- Going on a picnic. The little girl and her friends enjoy a picnic together. Teach your child the picnic game. The game begins by someone saying, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring a...” then choosing something that starts with the letter A, such as apple. The next person should choose something that starts with the letter B, like basket: they say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring an apple and a basket.” Continue through the entire alphabet. There are many variations of the picnic game. More complex versions make the game more of a mystery, where the leader silently decides on a rule such as everything going on the picnic must be green. They announce, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring a pickle.” The other players do not know the rule and try to figure it out. Someone might say, “I’m going to bring peas.” Peas are green, so the leader would say, “You can bring peas.” The next player might say, “I’m going to bring peanut butter.” The leader would say, “You cannot bring peanut butter.” The game continues until someone determines the rule. Then that player can begin again and choose a different rule!
- Music and story. Cat Doorman drew the pictures to accompany her version of this traditional song. Ask your child to draw pictures that illustrate a song they love. What story would the pictures to “Row, row, row your boat” tell?
- Storytime. Read some picture books about picnics, walking, or community. For a book about a red wagon,try Zoobean favorite, Red Wagon! For a book about a special picnic tradition, try Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic. Ask your child to write (or if they cannot yet write, just to tell!) their own story about a picnic or red wagon.