Nursery rhymes are a classic memory from everyones childhood, and these simple songs can benefit students in many different ways. They can teach core early literacy skills such as rhyming, spelling, phonetic awareness and word recognition. They can also teach students to sing in rhythm, hand co-ordination with matching actions, and confidence to perform in front of others.
A new app from ABC Reading Eggs, Eggy Nursery Rhymes, uses traditional nursery rhymes to complement interactive literacy games. The app includes ten different nursery rhymes (including Baa Baa Black Sheep, Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, and my favorite, Incy Wincy Spider), and for each rhyme there are five individual activities. Some of the activities focus on interacting with the song itself, and others help build reading skills. The activities include:
The app motivates players to continue playing by giving them eggy rewards to collect for their efforts. These then hatch into cute creatures. The screens and graphics that show the nursery rhymes are colorfully designed, and the music is catchy and clear. A nice feature the app uses is having the nursery rhymes in three different accents, UK, Australian and US.
We found that this app had more features and educational benefits that many similar apps of this type. A good deal of effort has been made by the developers to make the app long lasting and progressive. With so many songs and activities, the app can be replayed countless times, and players can build up their literacy skills over time by moving through the five different activities. This app is well worth the small cost not only because of its numerous activities and content, but also because of its understanding of how young minds progress. Its features support literacy development over time, and we would recommend this app for any parent or pre-school teachers app library.
Download the app here for £1.99.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.