Today’s app is a little different – it’s an app for parents to share with their kids! Do you ever struggle to come up with a creative way to play with your child? Are you looking for activities for specific situations, like going to the store? Then check out the Zero to Three Let’s Play app, a collection of fun ideas for keeping your little one entertained and learning throughout your daily routines.
Zero to Three – Let’s Play by ShufflePoint Inc.
Ages: 4+ (designed for parents)
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later or Android 2.3.3 and up
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android
Let’s Play is an educational app from the child development experts at the national nonprofit Zero to Three. Advertised as “Everyday Ways to Support Early Learning,” the app collects fun learning activities for each age group and matches them to common parts of your daily routine. You can choose from activities designed to promote early learning, with most focusing on everyday items that you already have on hand. The goal: identify the teachable moments and playful opportunities that happen each day, and make the most of them. At home or on the go, mark your favorites and share your fun on social media, too!
The app opens automatically to the dashboard. Here, you can select activities either by age or by activity type. Three age ranges are included: 0 to 18 months, 18 to 36 months, and 3 to 5 years. Six activity types are provided as well: boredom busters, chores, commuting, meal time, bed and bath time, and shopping. If you start your search by age, you’ll next be prompted to choose the activity section. Similarly, if you start with an activity section, you’ll next be asked to choose your desired age range.
For each topic, the activities are listed in alphabetical order. You might notice that some activities carry over between the ages (although not all), but looking at the details shows that each activity has been modified for the specific age group. Each includes the title and its instructions, and often a tip or two for how this will help your child learn. At the bottom of the screen, you have the option to add the activity to your favorites and add a photo (or photos) of the activity as you complete it. If you take photos, they will be stored at the bottom of the activity each time you open it as a scrolling menu. You can tap on the photos to open them, which also gives you a prompt to share them via Facebook.
Several icons appear at the bottom of the screen for navigation:
- Dashboard: Takes you back to the main menu. You can also navigate back to the menus by using the back arrows.
- Favorites: Stores your favorite activities. These will store in the order that you add them, and entries will show the age, category, and activity title. You can tap to return to the full description of the activity.
- My Photos: Links to your device’s photo gallery for easy sharing of photos.
- Share: Allows you to connect to Facebook and Twitter to share your activities.
- About ZTT: Provides some basic information about Zero to Three, including a link to their website.
If you’re looking for more off-screen activities, check out A Year of Play from Zero to Three. You’ll find activities to talk, read, and play together each month. Each section includes activities for each age group, so it’s easy for you to find the perfect activities to explore together. For play time at the library, check out one of our Play & Learn sessions or consider registering for the next Family Place Parent/Child Playgroup.
For more app recommendations and examples, be sure to join us for App Time on Tuesday mornings (11:15 AM) at Parr Library or Wednesday mornings (11:15 AM) at Davis Library. You can also stop by our Upcoming Programs page to see great events happening at all our buildings this week. For more, check out our Engage brochure online or in any library for the complete program lineup. Happy playing!