When Cupcake Digital told me about their new app, Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas I was excited to try it with the boys. The app is available for iPad. Yo Gabba Gabba will always remind me of the holidays. When J was little he loved Yo Gabba Gabba!, and they happened to be performing live at The Macy’s Day Parade. We sat that year in front of the TV to watch and he was so over the moon to be watching his favorite characters, it is one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories.
The Bean is just starting to be interested in the iPad, but it’s hard to find apps that are simple enough for him to use.
The Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas app features all of the Yo Gabba Gabba! Characters. There are five different activities for children to do. You can:
- Decorate a Christmas tree
- Build a Snowman
- Make gingerbread cookies
- Create snowy snow globes
- Make yummy cups of hot chocolate
Each activity is guided by their favorite Yo Gabba Gabba friends, Muno, Plex, Brobee, Toodee and Foofa.The entire app is really child friendly. I like that the activities change a little, so for example, if your child wants to decorate a tree two times in a row they will get different decorations both times.
All of the loading screens are interactive (catch snowflakes, light up the Christmas lights, etc). The controls are very easy, everything is drag and drop, which makes this perfect for little ones just getting the hang of an iPad. Playing is makes the kids want to get up and dance, which is not surprising – Yo Gabba Gabba is one of the few children’s shows that I enjoy listening to as they watch it.
After completing each activity children are taken to a Winter Wonderland where they can play before going on to the next activity. I like this screen because everything is interactive and moves or lights up when touched, so it kept the Bean busy for a while!
The app also has coloring pages and a special Christmas music video from DJ Lance. We have been using the app for a couple of week and both my 2 and 4 year olds love it and have yet to get bored. The Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas app is colorful, musical, fun and energetic, just like you would expect from Yo Gabba Gabba! Cupcake Digital is one of our favorite app developers for kids games, we also use their iStoryTime Library app to download and read kid friendly books.