Kid’s going stir-crazy while stuck indoors? Throw a living room dance party with the Jooki Kid’s Music Player! Read on to learn all about it!
*FYI, Jooki sent me one of their Kid’s Music Players to check out, which inspired this post. All opinions are my own.
The CDC recommends that kids spend at least one hour a day engaged in some sort of physical activity, but that can be difficult when you don’t have a backyard and can’t even take them to a park.
One of the best- and definitely most fun- ways to keep kids active indoors is to throw a living room dance party! While you can use any music player (or even just your phone on its own), I highly recommend the Jooki Kid’s Music Player. Keep reading to find out why.
Throw a Dance Party in Your Living Room with Jooki
The Jooki is everything you could possibly want in a gadget for kids and more: bright, colorful, inviting, durable, waterproof, totally screen-free, and absolutely fun!
Each Jooki Kid’s Music Player comes with a portable WiFi/Bluetooth speaker (built-in USB-rechargeable battery lasts about 8 hours) and 5 figurines. You’ll also want to download the app from Google Play, App Store or by using your browser at My.Jooki.Rocks
Kids can start using the figurines right out of the box. Each one has a different royalty-free song associated with it. For example, Mr. Fox plays “How do you like me now?” by Grace Mesa, while the Knight plays “With You” by The Moose.
Obviously, one song does not make a playlist, so you’ll want to add a few more to really get your party started. That’s where the app comes in. Download it and follow the directions to set it up (takes a couple of minutes max). Then, you’re ready to start making your own playlists.
The bad news? You can’t add songs from your iTune library through your phone. Blame Apple for that, not Jooki, as it’s due to Apple’s restrictions. The good news? There are plenty of other ways to add music, including through Spotify Free or Premium, Deezer Premium, and files from your PC.
I was going to show you how to do set up a Jooki playlist through screenshots, but the video below is a little easier to follow. Take a look:
If you’re in a rush and just want to get your kids moving asap, you can also just use on of Jooki’s curated playlists.
Along with music, Jooki also streams audio books and voice messages. I love the latter, as it means you can use the app to record yourself reading your child’s favorite story and they can listen to it when you’re not there.
Remember, you get five figurines (also called Tokens in the app) right away, so you can make five totally different playlists. Use one for an upbeat dance party, one for lullabies, one with classical music to listen to during dinner, a “bedtime story” playlist, and so on! Once you’ve associated a playlist with figure, your job is done. 🙂 Kids just swap out characters to change the music.
Jooki Pros and Cons at a Glance
Let’s recap by looking at the pros in handy-dandy bullet-point format. We’ll also touch on the few drawbacks of Jooki, because nothing is perfect.
- Durable & wateproof
- 8-hour battery life per charge
- Comes with five Tokens, each of which can be customized with its own playlist
- 100% screen-free for kids
- Easy to set up for parents
- Google Play, Apple, AND browser-based apps, so you don’t need a smartphone to use it.
- Plays music, audiobooks, and voice messages.
- Massive replay value- when kids get bored of the playlists you create, just swap them out with new ones.
- Expand Jooki’s functionality with additional Token sets
- Charging adapter is super short (like, just a few inches long).
- Can’t use iTunes (again, NOT Jooki’s fault)
- Internal memory only holds about 10 songs, so you’ll want to get a microSD card to go along with it. Just make sure it’s 32GB or less.
If you look through the Amazon reviews, a few customers complained that it was hard to set up. I didn’t encounter that issue at all. It took me all of three minutes on my iPhone app, and less than one minute on the browser app. Just make sure your Jooki is on and ready before you try to set it up. When you first turn it on, the lights will circle for about 30 seconds. When they stop and the center ring lights up white, it’s ready.
In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons. Jooki is loads of fun for kids of all ages. I was planning to give mine to my niece and nephew when they come up, but since we have no idea when that’ll be right now, I’m sending it down to them for Easter. I know they’re going to love it!
Get the Jooki Kid’s Music Player
Right now, the Jooki is sold out on their website. They’re actually coming out with a new version soon, so it’ll remain sold out for now. However, you can still order this one on Amazon.
- Let kids listen to audio content they want, whenever they want: music, stories, audiobook, lullaby
- Content can be imported offline or streamed directly from the speaker: Spotify, local MP3, audiobook
- Fully portable (8 hours built-in battery), wireless (wifi, bluetooth) or local offline (MP3, MP4)
- Musical toy boombox designed for fun and educational purpose (Awarded best in Family Tech at CES)
- Perfect for Christmas or birthday gift. Adequate for boys or girls, aged 3 4 5 6 7 years old
Visit the Jooki website to learn more about their kid’s music player and for tutorial videos that will help you get the most out of it.
Enter below for a chance to win your very own Jooki Kid’s Music Player ($199 value). Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends on April 24th Good luck!
Last update on 2020-05-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API