We recently got an iPod Touch and my 4 year old has been enjoying playing on it a lot. It has been fun discovering fun apps for him. We were given the chance to review 3 fun apps from Disney Publishing:
“Three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems brings the Pigeon to the digital screen with this original, feature-rich, animated app.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!” lets you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow as the Bus Driver asks you for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready! Sit back and enjoy the show. Once you’re finished, try it again…and again. You can make as many silly stories as you want.
This fully animated app includes hilarious shake-and-play technology, customized voice integration, and other exciting interactive features. Plus, you can draw the Pigeon with Mo!”
If you haven’t ever read the Mo Willems books to your kids I suggest you do. Bug is a HUGE fan of Mo Willems Pigeon books and Elephant & Piggy books. They are his favorite books by far. This app is based around the Pigeon books, particularly the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” book. It is an adorable app and was an instant hit with my 4 year old. I like that he is able to use it and navigate on his own. He is able to create his own pigeon story by making choices. There is also an option for him to say his choices and it records his voice. He loves that. While he plays the app he just giggles and it is so cute to watch. There is a place where Mo teaches your child to draw a pigeon step by step. It’s very cute and Bug is always so proud when he finishes his pigeon drawings. I highly recommend this app, your kids will LOVE it!
““Toy Story Showtime!” is a Disney Learning interactive storybook designed to help children explore essential early reading concepts. Kids are invited to join Buzz Lightyear as he sets out to impress Jessie the Cowgirl in the talent show. As Buzz tries his luck at everything from comedy to juggling, emerging readers discover new vocabulary words in the context of a rich, interactive storytelling experience. Bonus activities encourage children to use the vocabulary in both guided and exploratory play.”
This app is a fun story and Bug really enjoys it. It reads the story to him and highlights each word as it reads. Bug can click on parts of the scene and fun things happen. It is great that he can click on the words and it will teach the meaning of the word to him. He can also play fun games and activities. He really likes this app and it is a great reading tool.
““Pooh’s Birthday Surprise” is a Disney Learning interactive storybook designed to help children acquire and reinforce early literacy and pre-math concepts. As children read along with the word-by-word narration, they are invited to join in the birthday party planning with their favorite Hundred-Acre Wood friends. This rich storytelling experience features Winnie the Pooh illustrations and exciting tap-and-play animation on every page.”
Ever since the new Winnie the Pooh movie came out Bug has loved all things Pooh. This app is no exception. It tells a cute story, reading it to him and highlighting each word. He can also click on things in the scenes and they interact. It is great as it teaches him pre-math skills like patterns, etc…A very fun education app.
These 3 Apps get Bragging Rights!
*I received the apps mentioned above for free for my review through The Family Review Network. All opinions are my own.