Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
While there’s no substitute for sitting down and reading a book with your child, interactive apps provide them with some hands on learning that reinforce early academic skills. Learning opportunities that take classic stories and favorite rhymes are engaging ways to provide your toddler or preschooler with another way to learn while you’re on the go or suffering through an unbelievably long non-kid friendly wait at the pediatrician’s office.
5 Little Monkeys— One of the most well-known children’s rhymes is now an app available for iPhones, iPads and iPods. The digital version of this favorite helps teaches counting and language through beautiful graphics and sounds. Just like the rhyme, the app features repetition to help develop cognitive skills like memorization, reasoning and comprehension. Preschoolers will love rhyming, singing, and acting along with the monkeys as they also learn musical skills such as pitch control, volume, and voice inflection. 5 Little Monkeys is $2.99 from iTunes for iOS devices.
Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf— Preschoolers who are familiar with the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf will love the interactive version of this story app. Kids can use the microphone to huff and puff just like the wolf, tap on items inside the house to get a better look, or tilt the mobile device to animate the pigs and make them engage in various activities like jumping rope or swinging. Parents will appreciate that this app supports learners with different levels of reading skills by allowing children to read the story independently or have it read to them. The narrator’s voice can also be changed from male to female to mix it up and provide gender balance for children. This app is $3.99 from iTunes for iOS devices and also available for $2.99 from both the Amazon and nook ($2.99) app stores.
Little Red Riding Hood— If the predictable tale of Little Red Riding Hood is getting a bit old, let them come up with their own story with a different ending through the Nosy Crow version of the app. Young storytellers get to create their own story by choosing from multiple paths along the way result in a new, fully-animated adventure with different endings every time. There are also nine different games and activities that are embedded in the app to keep interest high throughout the story. Little Red Riding Hood is $5.99 from iTunes for iOS devices.
Pooh’s Birthday Surprise— Winnie the Pooh fans will love joining the delightful inhabitants of the Hundred-Acre Woods in an interactive storybook that focuses on early literacy and pre-math skills. Kids ages 3-5 join Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, and Tigger to plan and celebrate Pooh’s birthday where they work to identify and extend simple patterns, problem solve, develop their vocabulary, and story comprehension skills. Pooh’s Birthday Surprise is $4.99 from iTunes for iOS devices.
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