Developed by:Dawn Publications
A story app hopping with information for a range of ages, we love Noisy Frog Sing-Along for its outstanding narration, inclusion of real frog sounds, and teaching about sound and sound waves through a fun and challenging matching game.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:
- Storytime.Read a fictional story featuring frogs with your child. Choose a classic such as Frog and Toad Are Friends, a fairytale such as The Frog Princess, or a more realistic story like Jump, Frog, Jump.
- Frog Talk.Ask your child what they know about frogs. What sounds do frogs make? Where do they live? What is the difference between a toad and a frog? The story app will help expand your child’s knowledge and ability to answer these questions and more.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:
- Sing-Along.Encourage your child to sing the song of each frog by mimicking the author as he reads (these are also the sounds that appear written on the screen if you are in the Read to Myself mode). Peep, plunk, trill, and jug-o-rum to understand the full range of the frogs’ songs. This exercise will also help your child remember the sounds better for the matching game at the end of the story.
- Fun Facts.Noisy Frog Sing-Along is full of information. After using the app, have a conversation with your child about which facts surprised them. Did they learn anything they thought was funny (how about the smell of mink frogs?!)? Is there a particular type of frog they would like to learn more about or see in person some day, even if it is not native to your region?
- Sound Waves.As the author explains, a microphone can pick up sounds, or the “little bits of air pressure that travel through the air” and display them as sound wave graphs. See this in action by using the microphone function on your iPhone or iPad. For example, open your Notes app and choose the option to compose a new note. When the keyboard pops up, select the image of the microphone next to the space bar. This will allow you to dictate a note. A simple graph will appear at the bottom of your device. When your child speaks, they will be able to see the bar moving up and down in simple sound waves. When they are done speaking, click "Done" and see their words appear as a new note. You might also see some of the amusing ways sound travels and gets misinterpreted!
Extend the app experience with these real life activities:
- Local Frogs.Based on the descriptions at the end of the app, ask your child which types of frogs they expect to live in your surrounding area. When you have the opportunity, visit a place that frogs would probably inhabit – wildlife sanctuaries are often good options, but there are certainly lots of other possibilities – and look for frogs. Even if you do not see any, can you hear any? Remember the wide variety of sounds they make. You might even bring the app along as a kind of guide.
- Leap, Frog!Play a game of leapfrog to get in a frog-like state of mind.
- Noisy Kid Sing-Along.As you have now witnessed, frogs make quite the collection of sounds and songs. Help your child create their own noisy sing-along. Pick out some wooden spoons, cardboard boxes, and metal bowls and pots in a range of sizes. As your child bangs out a tune, encourage them to create their own song, with or without words to go along with it. They can hum (truly like a frog, never opening their mouth!) or call out. Have fun!