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Peekaboo Barn

About Peekaboo Barn

Peekaboo Barn is an interactive app specifically geared to help toddlers (0-3 years) acquire farm animal names and their sounds. The simplistic design is user friendly for toddlers as they only have to touch the screen to open the barn door and then the animal to close it. The sounds made by the animals hidden behind the barn doors help caregivers and therapists teach toddlers the concept of cause and effect and language acquisition of animal names.

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App options allow users to play in regular or a continuous loop mode. Users can also select to keep the voice feature on or off as well as choose to record their own voice. Twelve different languages are available (US English (adult & child), UK English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Cantonese, Mandarin and German) which is especially helpful for providing vocabulary in a child’s native language.

This app has been trialed with toddlers with language and developmental delays. The children quickly picked up how to use the app by touching the barn door to open the door and the animal to close the door. Parents and the speech language pathologist (SLP) initially held the IPAD to help pace the child’s play so they would attend to the animal name after opening the door before closing it. After the initial loop, toddlers were then able to play the app on their own. The only noted drawback of the app is the lack of a home button on the barn page. Once the app has begun, the user cannot get back to the home page until all of the animals have been named.

Once toddlers are able to identify the animals, parents and SLPs can then ask toddlers wh- questions such as “who is behind the door?” or “what animal makes that sound?”. They can also apply what their toddler had learned from the app to other contexts such as toy animals, visiting the zoo or an animal book. This app is highly recommended for parents with children of disabilities to help them acquire the name of animals in a fun and interactive manner.

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Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)



Critical Thinking
Creative Development


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


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Inside a little bouncing barn, friendly farm animals are waiting to pop out and surprise your little one. Try and guess who they are; tap the doors to find out! 

Work with your child to learn the names of animals and hear the sounds they make. Younger children will love opening the barn doors to find a new animal animation, as they learn about cause and effect and become familiar with animal names and sounds. Older children will enjoy guessing animals by sound, then seeing the animal names, which helps develop early literacy skills.  

New Multiple Language Features:
Press the Language button on the Options screen to try them out.

--Choose from the built-in narrators: child's voice in English; adult's voice in English or Spanish.
--Record your own voice: We added this feature so parents, children, and visiting relatives and friends can capture their own voices and star in Peekaboo Barn.  Now you can record the animal names in your native language--or grandma's voice, or grandpa's--and, if you're recording a new language, you can save the appropriate written version too, and both will show up the next time you play. (Please note, we can only support the writing systems that are supported by your device.)
--Additional languages: Two packs now available for in-app purchase, for 99 cents each: 
* Asian languages 1: Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, and Japanese.
* European languages 1: Swedish, Dutch, Italian, German, and French.

One of the first apps to be released for toddlers, since 2008 Peekaboo Barn has been downloaded over half a million times, and played over 20 million times worldwide.  It has been a top 20 educational game on the iTunes store nearly every day since its launch, and has been featured by Apple often.  It won The Best Toddler App Ever award in 2009, and was named one of the top 50 iPhone apps for kids by in 2010 and 2011.  It is recommended by The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Wired, Telegraph UK, Ireland’s The Independent, Parents Magazine, and the Washington Post.

Peekaboo Barn was made for you and your toddler by artists and educators, not marketers, robots, or companies repackaging clip art. Our team has backgrounds in cognitive science and child development, and we’ve worked in educational media everywhere from Penguin USA to the Smithsonian Institution. When you could really use a safe distraction--in airports, restaurants, and waiting rooms--or you'd like to try something new with your little genius, Peekaboo Barn is the educational, artful solution. Enjoy! 

If you are looking for more Peekaboo Barn, check out our awesome sequels: Peekaboo Forest and Peekaboo Wild. And check out our newest release: Caillou Stickers!

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Night & Day Studios is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended ages: 1-3
Categories: Early Learning, Letters, Environment, Games, Reading, Foreign Language, Special Needs

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