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Hip Hop Kangaroo & Friends

Learn through music and fun!

Platforms
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Teacher Overview

Entertainment, education, songs, and puppets - Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends brings a modern spin to a classic children's learning experience and offers great fun at a fantastic price.

Teacher Review

Singing puppets and early years learning have been inextricably linked for decades.  At first, they appeared on scheduled television but now they can entertain and educate your child on demand using a mobile device.   

A few apps have recreated this classic learning experience and most have leant heavily on digital representations of the puppets.  This app, Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends, returns to the charms and personalities of real puppets in real-world locations and is all the better for it.  Children are constantly exposed to cartoons and computer games that can only exist on a screen so it is nice to show them something tangible.

Not only does the app use this classic aesthetic but the puppets are lovely to look at and full of personality.  As you might expect, Hip Hop Kangaroo's pals are other creatures from the Australian landscape.  They're brought to life by a skilful matching of their movements with their singing and talking and they sit easily within their environmental sets and sometimes interact with them in surprising ways - even dipping underwater for Poppy Platypus.  The puppet presenters sing songs about themselves and their lives as the creatures they are, where they live, and teach the alphabet.  

Returning to the home screen follows the typical convention of an arrow in the top left of the screen and the app's icons use images from the activities to which their buttons lead and so the app is easy to navigate for children who are not yet readers.  

The app encourages children to join in and not just be a passive observer.  Each puppet has a  soundboard where children can hold pretend conversations with them.  A singalong section uses the device's forward-facing camera to bring children into the scene with the puppets as they sing the song.  Throughout the app, written lyrics can be toggled on or off.

Naturally, any app built around good-quality videos and songs is going to have a large memory footprint and Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends is no exception but it is put to excellent use and is unavoidable.  It also ensures that Wi-Fi or data is not needed for streaming after the initial download so that there is never any disappointment at a signal being unavailable.

Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends has a refreshingly straightforward purchase price.  Parents are not at the start of a continuous spending journey when they buy this app.  No subscriptions to forget to cancel, no in-app purchases to be nagged about - you get the whole thing for a single price.  Considering the quality of the content, the cost is very reasonable too.

For the price, there is an excellent amount of content in this app that will be used over and over again.  Young children love the repetition of things they enjoy and they are bound to find plenty to appreciate in this app and revisit it again and again.  Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends is a high-quality and excellent-value app that deserves its place on any device used by a young child.

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App Details

1574035200

5

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Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

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Description

Learn with Hip Hop Kangaroo®, Poppy Platypus® and Kula Koala® as they explore the world around them through fun songs and music videos filmed in Australia.

Hip Hop Kangaroo & Friends was produced by Lupa Entertainment and a team of qualified teachers and early years educators.

  • Learn to count up to 10 with Hip Hop Kangaroo® at the zoo!
  • Learn the English alphabet in 3 different musical styles!
  • Explore different colours with Poppy Platypus® as she looks around!
  • Join Kula Koala® up a lighthouse as you explore Kangaroo Island!
  • See yourself next to each character, as you sing along with them about opposites, fat cats and eating worms!
  • Control your favourite character and make them talk!
  • Professionally translated subtitles in multiple languages assist children in their learning of English!

It is a safe and entertaining music-based educational experience for preschool and early years school children which is advertisement-free, subscription-free and requires no personal information to use.

To accompany our app, we’ve produced a classroom activity set and song lyric sheets which are free to download from our website: www.hiphopkangaroo.com

Here you can also keep in touch, see our YouTube videos, link to our music and books for purchase, discover where we filmed our app, find our social media channels and read our privacy policy.

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