This unique app offers toilet training support for only 99 cents.
Parents who need some extra help potty training their toddler will really appreciate this new app from the Sesame Workshop. Instead of having to purchase books, stickers and charts, all of the toilet training tools are at your fingertips. Many of the activities are interactive with makes your child more engaged and likely to take home the lessons about going to the bathroom independently.
My two-and-a-half year-old tester has been very reluctant about going to the potty. In fact, when I asked him if he wanted to go potty like Elmo, he shouted out an empathetic “no” and proceeded to giggle hysterically. However, after playing with the app, he got really into it and I didn’t have my iPhone for over an hour. It was helpful too because it gave him a distraction while on the potty.
Some practical ways to use the app include providing a distraction while sitting on the toilet and setting up a rewards system for when the child successfully completes the tasks associated with going to the bathroom. Many toilet training books suggest you give your child a book to look at while he sits on the potty. The storybook portion of the app can be used in place of a traditional board book. As he uses the app, hopefully he’ll feel the urge to use the bathroom. You can also use the sticker chart to check off as each task is completed. Tasks include going to the toilet, wiping, flushing and washing hands. Show your child the chart to let him know that only when all four tasks are completed, he’ll receive a sticker reward.
The tools were simple to use, but due to the age group, the toddler is likely to need assistance navigating through the different areas of the app. Graphics were nice looking, but the images were static. Also, Elmo’s voice is not used as the main audio. The story is narrated by a female while the songs are song by a male singer. It would be more appealing to children to make Elmo the main narrator. With plenty of songs, stories and mini-games, this could be the help you need to get your child toilet-trained.
Adorable songs and interactive story
The main story for the app comes in three different modes: read and play, listen and play or just listen. Navigation is done my pressing the arrow key at the bottom right hand corner. Each screen features Elmo teaching his doll Baby David to use the potty. Songs about the potty pop up every couple of screens and different prompts for the child to take part in the story.
The songs all use familiar tunes and the storybook animation uses eye-catching colors. Besides finding songs in the story pages, you can also locate stickers for your reward chart and different sounds associated with the potty like flushing the toilet.
The portion of the app that I enjoyed the most was the sticker chart. Sticker charts drive me kind of crazy because my toddler has a tendency to take all of the stickers and put them on the walls in the house. With an app based sticker chart, you simply press the task and a checkmark appears. When all tasks are done, a star or unlocked sticker can be places at the end of the row.
A puzzle mini-game is also available and requires the child to drag puzzle pieces into their correct location. Each puzzle is an image of Elmo from the story. It’s likely simple enough to be used by children over the age of two-and-a-half.
This app is definitely worth the 99 cents price tag. I never considered the idea of using an app for toilet training and now I plan to try out a few others.
|Good Point||For only 99 cents, you’re given all of the tools you need for toilet training.|
|Bad Point||Could use some more animation and have more of Elmo’s voice incorporated.|
|Comment & Tip||Press different objects on screen to make sounds related to potty training.|
Sesame Workshop Apps
|Price||$2.99||Latest Update||May 16, 2012|
|User Age||2 and up||Category||Education|
|Size||39.4MB||OS||iOS 4.0 or later|
All images from Potty Time with Elmo