I received a free download of this app to facilitate the review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I always feel better about handing the iPad over to my three-year-old when I know the apps he’s playing are educational and fun. We’re big fans of the StoryToys apps (have you tried Farm 123? We imitate Farmer Jo all the time around here) for that very reason — they’re full of cute illustrations, clever songs and smart games that teach basic concepts.

Toddler App Alert: Animal Band Nursery Rhymes - ad

Animal Band: Nursery Rhymes is the latest from StoryToys, designed to allow toddlers and kindergarteners to play along with their favorite nursery rhymes and create their own musical arrangements with the swipe of a finger. I love promoting music education with him at a young age, so this is perfect! In Animal Band, it’s twilight in the jungle and all the animals are feeling sleepy. As you wake up each loveable little character with a simple tap, it joins in the song, creating a wonderfully rich musical experience. Keep playing, or they’ll nod back to sleep!

Toddler App Alert: Animal Band Nursery Rhymes

Animal Band: Nursery Rhymes includes the following features:

  • Amazing animations: help 8 cute animal characters dance and sing
  • Beautifully illustrated 3D scenes packed with interactive musical elements
  • Play along with the songs using each animal as a separate instrument
  • Ideal for parents or other children to play together
  • Features four twinkling musical soundtracks and playful sound effects
  • Much-loved nursery rhymes: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Row Your Boat, Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Farm123 was the first app in the new StoryToys Junior series, with more apps to come. Animal Band was released in the Apple App Store on Nov. 21 for $0.99 and will be available on Google Play and Amazon at a later date.

Here are a couple other new things from StoryToys just in time for the holidays. Today (December 2) is the last day to get Animal Band for just $0.99 as part of their Thanksgiving sale, and you can also get the new Holiday Countdown app absolutely free — like a daily advent calendar with new scenes of holiday cheer each day. Find more than 25 scenes to play with, and decorate or customize each one with 150+ digital stickers readers earn each day.