6 years old, Chinese Apps, Elementary Music, Preschool Music

Favorite Chinese Kids Music – 7 albums FREE!

My 6 y.o. is at the stage where he is outgrowing classic Chinese kids songs like 《两只老虎》and《拔萝卜》, but not quite ready for pop music. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with exposure to “teen” or “adult” music at a young age (I remember listening to Mandarin/Hokkien radio a lot with my parents/grandparents), I’m on the search for music that is geared for kids.

A big THANK YOU to the mom who recommended the Taiwanese band Hoop Kids to me. Their music is just perfect, exactly what I’m looking for. It sounds like pop music (and hence more palatable to adult ears), but the content is all very healthy and kid-appropriate.

I recently discovered that all their albums are available for FREE on Ximalaya and I’ve downloaded them to put on my son’s MP3 player. I’ve compiled all the links here for everyone’s convenience.

You can listen to them online or via the Ximalaya app but if you’re like me and want to save them, refer to this tutorial by Guavarama – Technology: Downloading Audio from Ximalaya

 

  1. Children Playground 儿童乐园
  2. The Sky Tree 天空树
  3. The Sweet Home 宝贝我的家
  4. The Love River 孩子的暖暖河
  5. My Honey Baby 亲亲我的宝贝
  6. Welcome Happiness! 快乐,快乐一直来
  7. All is Love 爱你爱我

Enjoy!

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Chinese Apps

Fun Chinese Apps for All Ages

I spent a lot of time searching for Chinese apps for my 5 y.o. and came up with… nothing. Most of the apps that purport to teach Chinese are actually in English! Not to mention they are boring flash card games that I know my son will never play.

I don’t want Americanized Chinese apps. I want Chinese apps that have Chinese audio and print!

Where are these apps at? Three words:

China App Store

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out. Most Chinese apps are not found in the U.S. App Store 🇺🇸. They are all in the China App Store 🇨🇳. Duhhhhhh.

Here’s how to create a China Apple ID in minutes so you can access a gold mine of Chinese apps!

Step 1. Go to the App Store and select “Create new Apple ID”. Change the country to China or Taiwan (if you want traditional Chinese).

Step 2. Fill in your information. For whatever reason, none of the multiple Visa cards I tried were accepted so I had to choose “Alipay” as my payment method. I already have Alipay because I’m a regular TB shopper but if you don’t, set up an account here.

Step 3. Enter a dummy address. It doesn’t matter what it is. Mine is a bank in Shanghai. HAHA.

Step 4. Done! When you log in with this Apple ID, you will automatically be taken to the China App Store. I love browsing through the top charts to see what kids (and adults) in China are playing. I’m discovering all kinds of cool apps for myself. 🙂

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I’ve since downloaded so many free apps, from music, to videos, to educational games, to non-educational games…

We love dumb mindless games like 植物大战僵尸 Plants vs. Zombies in our house. But at least now my son is playing them in Chinese and getting exposed to Chinese print, vocabulary, and pop culture. Win!

I will post about our favorite apps in a future post. Stay tuned.

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