Little Tikes has just recently launched iTikes last August with the tagline “where tech meets play“. iTikes products are basically tech toys that can be made even more educational by using them with Apple devices. Though the toys are already good on their own, there is extended capability with free iTikes™ Apps. Their products are designed mainly for kids 3 years old and up.
I received the iTikes Piano/Keyboard so I could facilitate a review as part of my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Features include:
Standalone keyboard with major & minor keys, volume control and tempo/pitch tuner
App-based music games allow kids to learn more note names, musical staff and pitch training
4 ways to play:
– Freeplay: Open play without background music
– Playback: Pick song to hear it play with accompaniment
– Solo: Accompaniment plays as child pretends to play; melody joins in.
– Stepper: Music plays as child presses keyboard, regardless of which keys are “played”
Light-up major keys
Record & playback feature
Use iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to play learning games, watch visualizations and more
Includes 4 built-in songs
Includes cases for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®
Even before we received the iTikes Piano, my son already has a love for musical instruments. I guess it’s normal for kids to love anything that produces any kind of music (or noise). Since my husband is a guitarist and I’m a worship leader, we go to worship rehearsals almost every Saturday and we sit at the worship team seats which is just beside the instruments at church. So my son is probably so used to hearing so many musical instruments. I knew that my son was sure to love the iTikes Piano the moment I saw it online. My son loves playing the keyboard and piano at church so he knows how to produce sounds using the toy.
It’s great that it can be played with the recorded music if my son wants to play it that way. It’s awesome too that I can change the mode so my son could just freely play whatever note he wants to press. I like that there is an app for it so that children can learn more by following instructions. There are some games included in the app as well so that’s fun.
However, I do think that there are lots of room for improvement on it. I don’t expect it to sound like a professional keyboard but whenever my son presses the keys, there is an annoying kind of sound that goes with the note that was played. Pretty much like the sound when a microphone is getting feedback. I was wondering though if it’s that sound that transmits some sort of information to the iPad/iPod app since merely tapping on the app without the iTikes Piano isn’t exactly working too well. So I guess the app isn’t really supposed to be used as a stand alone app.
Even with some imperfections, my son still loves it. And that’s what really matters to me.
The iTikes Piano s available for purchase on the Little Tikes website for $49.99.
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