Mochu POP – Language Immersion for Babies and Toddlers

A lovely app that helps babies & children to explore sounds in different languages.

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What is it

The Mochu Pop app to help develop language.  On the first screen you need to select the language that you would like to play in (English, French, Italian or Spanish.)

The player is then shown a balloon – they need to pop all of the balloons that are the same shape and colour.  There is a different sound for each of the balloons – there are also animal balloons to pop, if you pop these you are praised for your effort! If you pop the incorrect balloon there is no sound.  As the children progress they are asked to pop more than one type of balloon.

You can play the game online and record progress or offline.

Tested on an iPad

What our team of testers said

"R, R, R" child was observed copying the sound the popped balloon made. - Boy aged 3

"I missed the blue one!" - Girl aged 4

Skills Developed

  • Encourages shape and colour recognition
  • Introduces children to spoken sounds
  • Allows children to explore sounds in different languages
  • Develops matching skills

What our experts think

We really liked the simplicity of the Mochu Pop app and the way in which it engaged young children. Children love balloons and the act of popping them on screen delighted our young testers.

The app encouraged players to match colours and shapes; with adult input this could be used as a tool to develop children’s knowledge of colour and shape names.

Each balloon popped with a sound – some testers seemed to instinctively repeat these (again, this has further potential with adult input.)  Cleverly the app also provides the opportunity for the child to hear the sounds in other languages too. This is particularly interesting as a grounding for learning foreign languages. Research suggests that the more children are exposed to the sounds in foreign languages at a very young age, the more they are able to hear them (and so hopefully pronounce them) in later life.

As children progressed the level of challenge changed, this kept our testers engaged for longer.

It would be even better if...

We would have liked the sound to have been written as well as spoken; it is good for children to make the link between the written and the spoken sounds.  It would also be improve with some variety; although the level of challenge changed, the actual activity remained the same which limited how long children remained engaged.

Features

  • Brands: Kadho
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
    Requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Android version: 2.3 and up
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: Cognitive
    Colour, shape and pattern recognition
    Foreign languages
    Learning to talk
    Speech, language and communication skills

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