Developed by: Oceanhouse Media
An interactive storybook in which Little Critter discovers a noisy new hobby, we love this app for its promotion of music and community, as well as for its vocabulary-building activities.
Prepare to use the app by introducing this activity.
Hobby happy. Talk to your child about hobbies. What is a hobby? See if your child is able to identify a hobby for each member in your family. What is a hobby that your child already has and enjoys? What is something new that they might like to try?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Conflict resolution. What could Little Sister have done rather than hide Little Critter’s drum? What are some ways Little Critter might work with Little Sister to minimize the noise at all times and/or to get her more excited about the drum?
- Make some noise. In the music shop, we are able to hear many of the instruments. When this happens, ask your child to try and replicate the sound they hear just using their voice. They will get to make a lot of silly sounds while also cementing the sounds of the instruments in their head!
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Parade! Put on a parade with your child, some stuffed animals and/or siblings and friends. Pick a theme for your parade—perhaps it is music! Help your child make signs or banners for the animals to hold. Line them up around the living room, or outdoors in a wagon. Dress in costume or your best marching clothes, and gather some instruments: pot covers make great cymbals, a cardboard box and metal spoon make a perfect drum, and use your voice to sing as you parade around the house or neighborhood!
- Music and community. Visit a local music shop. Many music shop owners are happy to allow children to try different instruments such as the pianos or guitars on display. Encourage your child to try the instruments. Ask them to look around and see how many instruments they can recognize from the story. What do they sound like? Urge your child to ask the shop staff for more information about one or two of the instruments, or better yet, a demonstration!
- Scavenger Hunt. In Just A Little Music, your child is able to look for the spider and mouse in every scene. Recreate the search in real life! Download mouse and spider coloring pages or draw your own. Make several copies, and have your child color them. Then cut out the animals, and hide one mouse and one spider in each room of your house. Then send your child off to find them!
- Series writing. Children have loved the Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer for decades. Ask your child to create their own Little Critter story. Encourage them to include one character from Just A Little Music other than Little Critter—perhaps the buzzard music teacher! If they are not yet able to write, have them tell the story to you orally. Can they draw a picture or two to go with it?