BoomKLAKers is a musical app that lets children experience beat through movement. As a prelude to dancing, children must learn to feel the beat. This app associates different beats and tones with movements of monsters on screen. Young children are easily engaged with tapping and watching the monsters dance.
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BoomKLAKers - Feel the Beat with Animated Monsters by Funky Bots LLC is based on the premise that young children automatically hear and feel rhythm. This app allows kids to see, hear, and feel that beat as they help to generate a dance for each of 13 unique monsters. This app is developmentally appropriate for our youngest children. It has a very simple interface, which asks users to simply tap the monster on screen to progress through each scene.
Thirteen different scenes are available, each with a different bee-bopping monster. Users can move through them laterally, or choose their favorites from the menu on the side. Children help to create the series of movements by simply tapping on the monster. The monster moves or jumps and a beat is played. After tapping and moving the monster step-by-step through the moves, the monster puts it all together in a unique dance accompanied by a soundtrack from French beatboxer and musician Teddy Guilbaud. The soundtracks are heavy with beats and tracks that are fast paced and fun.
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Let’s face it; parents can get pretty tired of the sing-songy versions of our children’s favorite music. This app gives us a much needed break from the ABC song or Twinkle Twinkle. With the focus on percussive beats derived from modern pop and lock style dancing, this app has a whole different feel. The easy tapping interface is perfect for my 15 month old, but engaging enough that my four year old also had fun with it. I like that the beat is broken down into a sequence of steps and then put together as a whole at the end of each scene. The monsters and backgrounds are unique and bright, again perfect for our young children.
Overall, I really enjoyed BoomKLAKers. It was a much needed reprieve from the typical children’s music apps. The beats are funky and cool, and the monsters and background bright and engaging. This was a fun app to play with.
BoomKLAKers - Feel the Beat with Animated Monsters is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod and coming soon for Android Devices!
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, the app had external links behind a parent gate, but no ads or in-app purchases.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. It turns out rhythm is a super hard word for her to spell. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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