Pat the Bunny ($4.99) is based on the book by Dorothy Kunhardt. It has the important feature of highlighted narration. Highlighted narration is similar to running your finger along text in a printed book. This feature helps kids gain print awareness. I really like that this app is true to the original printed book and that interaction is directly related to the text.
Felt Board ($2.99) is an open-ended, versatile app. This app looks exactly like a traditional felt board. Kids can create pictures with a variety of backgrounds, people, and animals. Encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the scenes they create. This interaction helps boost narrative skills. You can also use your imagination to create games to increase number, letter, and shape recognition. I love that the possibilities are endless with this app. If you need ideas, re-create a favorite flannel you’ve seen at storytime or ask us for ideas at the Children’s Info desk at your local Plano Public Library.
Interested in coming to App Time? It is every Friday, 11:00-11:45am, at Haggard Library (2501 Coit Road). Come join us as we explore how to best use apps as a tool for early literacy!
This program is funded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.