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We designed "Carnival of Animals: Music Education for Your Kids" especially for children’s early music education. This music learning app integrates Carnival of Animals composed by Saint-Saëns with animated storybook. Through interactive music practice, kids learn about rhythms, duration and pitch. Meanwhile, the pop-up facts in this educational app consolidate their knowledge on both music and animals.

Pic 1: Entertaining and educational classical music
Extracts from the classical music Carnival of Animals by Saint-Saëns is well-known among music educators. This music piece is primarily composed for teaching music elements.
Pic 2: Different forces produce different beats
Follow the big and small elephants that walk as if dancing the Waltz, and learn the strong and weak beats in the simple triple time. The harder you tap, the stronger the beat is. The softer you hit, the weaker the beat is. The relationship between the strength of force and the sound is easy to tell.
Pic 3: Concise animal knowledge in short story
The story and related animal knowledge are kept short and precise, making classical music fun and easy. Travel with the elephants and get some water by the river when you listen to Saint-Saëns’ music piece.

We are going to be big brother and big sister!

Silly Daisy, the youngest elephant in the family, is always excited to discover new things. It’s lucky that her big brother Dylan is there to protect and take good care of her. Like today, Daisy drove the bees crazy when she was about to make another discovery. If Dylan wasn’t around to help her out, Daisy would probably got stuck with the bees. Back home, they got the news from dad that a baby will be here soon! Will Daisy learn from his good brother and become a great sister? Or will she rather be still treated as the little baby at home?

Reading this story, kids learn to be considerate about the others and take good care of the family members, especially the elderly and younger siblings. We have to be a good role model as the big brother and big sister!

Simple Triple Time and Ternary Form
Elephants walk as if they were waltzing. The steady steps of the elephants and the water droplets resemble triple time in music. When hanging out with the elephants, children have to:
Find out the pulse in music.
Tap the elephant footprints and water droplets with different levels of force, learn the “STRONG-weak-weak” rhythm in the simple triple time. Tap hard on the first stressed beat, adding rainbow colors to footprints and droplets.
Observe the change in background and discover the ternary musical form. Try to find out which periods are ‘the same’ or ‘different’. The ‘odd’ period is the egg in the sandwich.

Music is abstract. How can we catch up with a piece of music? With a combination of storytelling and interactive music game, Toothy Buddies helps kiddos learn about Saint-Saens and his famous music Carnival of Animals. Including elementary music elements, like duration, pulse, melodic contour, musical phrases and form.
Following elephants of different sizes mean different force should be used when tapping their footprints. They walk as if dancing the Waltz, see if you can do it as elegant as they are!



Joy of Android /
App Review Site
“Carnival of Animals” for parents to teach their children music. “Carnival of Animals has two sides, one is great storytelling and interaction. The other is excellent introduction to basic music making. There are no actual instruments for kids to play with, but the hand and music coordination is there.”

Best Educational Apps of 2013
“Carnival of Animals has been selected as “one of the best apps for kids” by several newspapers, educational websites as well as professional app reviewers.”

Top Kids Apps /
App Review Site
“This is an outstanding app, clearly developed by passionate and dedicated people, which is the thing I appreciate most.”

Kathryn /
Risk Manager
“I found myself being quite mesmerized by the music part, which I think it’s good because that’s what you want the children to have in their ears.”