Music is a daily part of our lives. We sing. We dance. We listen for most of the day. So when I was approached by the creator of the Zoorchestra music app for kids with the opportunity to write a sponsored post and share this fun app with you, I knew we’d all love it.
In fact since we’ve gotten Zoorchestra, it’s been the first app the kids choose whenever they have some tech time. Actually one day when we were charging the iPad the girls had a mini-meltdown because they both really wanted to play and just couldn’t stand to wait. We did come up with a solution, but I definitely knew then that the app is a keeper.
Zoorchestra is a musical app for kids ages 2-12…well, to be honest my husband and I had fun mixing up our own classical tunes, too. It is available for both iPhones and iPads. There are no ads or in app purchases, and the interface was very easy for both of my girls to use.
Knowing that many studies have shown that classical music can benefit children cognitive abilities, particularly spatial abilities, higher reasoning and motor skills, and higher achievements in language and math, the app creators wanted to create a musical experience that would expose kids to classical music in a fun way.
There are four animated animals who play both real and fantasy instruments. There are four real-life instruments ( violin, guitar, piano, horn ), and four fantasy instruments. My girls especially loved the popping balloons.
Zoorchestra currently includes five classical music hits by five different composers. Using the different instrument combinations there are limitless ways that kids can play each song.
In the future the app creators plan to add more composers and songs. There may also be new environments included so the Zoorchestra can take its show on the road.
There is also a short description about each composer and some fun facts that kids (and adults!) will find interesting. I love this addition! History, music appreciation, and fun all wrapped in one inexpensive app.
Some of the Ways We’ve Used Zoorchestra
I first found Zoorchestra and played it on my own before introducing it to the kids. Soon my husband was looking over my shoulder wondering what those sounds were. I was testing each individual instrument to hear the different sounds each made, and he wondered why I didn’t just give every animal an instrument.
The next day when I left the app open on our iPad for the girls to see I had to chuckle as Lovey did the exact same thing as me…she tested each instrument one by one. Tinker, impatient with Lovey’s process, asked for my iPhone and got started just as her father would have with a full orchestra.
That first day they both experimented and played uninterrupted for quite some time, and I could tell they both really enjoyed it. I also noticed something. I liked the sounds. There are some apps that I beg them to turn down (or turn off!) because of the noises they make, but I found myself listening along even as I was doing other chores.
The next time the girls had a little tech time it was interesting to see that they both chose Zoorchestra as the first app to play. This has continued to be the case, and they’ve been using it in various ways.
One day they worked together to choose a song and create a combination of instruments. Then they set the iPad down and began to dance along to the song. Another day Tinker turned the music on and put it beside her as she built with blocks. I love that both of these experiences extended even beyond the use of the app.
As a family we’ve been playing a game with the app. Each person chooses an animal and then we take turns choosing instruments to see what musical combinations we can create together. This has been a fun way to practice taking turns and spend time together as a family.
If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your little ones to classical music, you should check out Zoorchestra, too.
As mentioned above this is a sponsored post on behalf of the creator of the Zoorchestra app. All opinions are my own and based on our experience with the app.
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