Best Apps for Listening to Children’s Music
Guest Post by: Cassie of Culture Coverage
Music at an early age is a wonderful tool to help aid development. Not only does it improve mental and emotional health, but it has also been linked to academic achievement and logic skills later in life.
It’s never too early to get your little ones into music lessons. Check out some great infant music programs here. Plus, a culture of regularly listening and familiarizing them with different kinds of melodies and rhythms is a fantastic way to get them acclimatized for future education in the field and ignite their love of music from an early age.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best apps on the market to provide you with endless child-friendly songs that are fun for the entire family, as well as being a great educational tool.
What child doesn’t love Disney? These songs have been inspiring generation after generation and, with new smash releases, such as Frozen, continually hitting the big screens, you can’t go wrong with a radio station full of Disney classics. Covering everything from the traditional movies, such as Snow White, to songs from the modern day Disney Channel stars, there’s no shortage of content to enjoy.
Downloading the app gives you 24/7 access to the station, making it perfect for hectic mornings before pre-school or to calm down those temper tantrums during long, sleepless nights. It also comes with a whole range of other features, including an alarm clock, sweepstakes and even a section that allows you to request your favorite songs from the station.
The iHeartRadio Family app is the perfect way to immerse your little ones in the world of sounds from an early age. Specifically filtered to provide only family-friendly content, you can put it on to keep the kids occupied while you’re doing housework or to make social visits from friends even more fun! It’s comprised of some of the biggest names in pop music around at the moment, including fan favorites such as Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber. Alongside this, it takes songs from the previously mentioned Radio Disney, as well as performances from other famous children’s characters, such as Dora the Explorer and Elmo!
Fun Kids Radio
Fun Kids Radio is a comprehensive children’s radio station, based in the UK. With music, podcasts, original shows and much, much more, this app has the potential to become your child’s favorite pastime! While directly available to download for iPad users, the website suggests that those with alternative devices use the Radioplayer app combined with BufferedVPN for those listening from overseas to gain access.
The station hosts its own unique schedule, with a wide variety of shows, hosted by child-friendly presenters that your little ones will grow to know and love in no time. The nighttime programming is comprised solely of relaxing music, so it’s also a great tool to encourage your kids to get a good night’s sleep. Fun Kids is one of the best options available on this list as it creates a lasting relationship with your child, which is fantastic to aid development.
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Nursery Rhymes App
Nursery Rhymes are tried and tested classics, loved by children for literally hundreds of years. So having an app with them all in the same place is a fantastically useful tool for parents everywhere.
Formatted like a storybook, children can embark on an interactive adventure while learning and enjoying a plethora of songs along the way. The comical animations are full of joy, and the sounds, surprises and visual reactions to touching the screen make it an extremely stimulating experience that’s ideal for even the youngest of children. Each song is subtitled, so they can even improve their literacy skills as they have fun!
Alongside being a fantastic educational tool in its own right, music is a great way to help children tackle difficult topics, such as Math. The MathRockx app is ideal for children just beginning school, to support them as they start to learn and understand arithmetic. The app works very simply, by pacing timetables to some of the biggest pop songs around. It’s been shown that rhythm can be a great tool to improve memory, so doing this makes it significantly easier for children to commit these complicated sums to their long-term memory. The app has received great reviews, with one mother claiming that her 17-year-old daughter still recites to tunes to help her remember difficult tables!
Do you know of any other apps that should be on this list? Or have you had experience with those already mentioned? Be sure to leave a comment below and share your ideas to help out fellow parents!
About the Author: Cassie is a freelance writer and work-from-home mom who is proud to combine her two greatest loves: entertainment and parenting. She is also interested in using new technologies to make parenting just a bit easier.