Family Game Time

Last Night’s Family Game Time program was a hit, and I’m sure it had NOTHING to do with the Oreos and fruit snacks I was offering…

We had over 20 people, including kids, teens, and grown-ups join us to play with the PS4, use our iPads, and play with various board games and activities. Here’s a list of what they liked the most, with links for more information on some of them!

PS4 Games- Monopoly and Rocket League

Gravity Maze

Bloxels Video Game Builder

Snap Circuits

Lakeshore Vehicle Building Engineering Center

…and of course, the Minecraft app!

 

It was great to see the kids having fun while practicing STEM skills of problem solving, building, critical thinking, and working together. This was a great program!

 

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Check out this sweet, sweet ComicBook! page.

We got some new iPads, and during yesterday’s Teen App Reviewers program, we played with the ComicBook! app and some pictures from the Children’s Room iPad. Here’s a comic book page full of silly candid shots of our kids!

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This app is SO fun and easy to use. I was giggling just about the entire time I was putting this together, because the faces are just so silly, and the stickers were just perfect.

Once we start circulating the iPads (hopefully soon) everyone can try it out, along with a bunch of our other awesome apps.

iPad Storytime at Head Start!

I visit Head Start every Wednesday and see four classes. Every time I walk into a classroom, someone shouts, “Did you bring your tablet today?!” Usually my answer is no, but this week, I got to say “YES!!!”

When I use the iPad in storytime, I sometimes use just an activity or sometimes just a story, and pair them  according to a theme with regular books. This time though, I did just iPad stories, and even though the apps I chose had nothing in common, it was still a blast!

Here are the apps I used-  Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley- This is a book that is perfect to be used in an interactive app, with the facial features that appear and disappear. We also liked that when I touched each new feature, it wiggled and made a sound. Ed Emberley’s narration of the book is also great.  Red in Bed by Josh On– This story is so great for use in a storytime. It’s quick and easy, and the interaction is perfect. You change the colors of things by touching them, and it’s magical! Red can’t go out in the morning to color things, so the other colors offer to color for him, but they color things the wrong colors! The orange strawberries, blue firetruck, etc. were HILARIOUS to the kids. Then when Red starts to feel better, he comes and fixes the colors and everything looks right again! Each color also makes a noise when touched, and when Red is feeling sick, the sound it makes.. well, let’s just say it has been compared to a toot.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App! by Mo Willems- I’ve posted about this one before here. It’s always so much fun!

Mo Willems/iPad Storytime!

I did this one a while ago, but it’s still one of my favorites so I have to share!

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We read The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, then we used Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! on the iPad, followed by a cute, simple Pigeon craft.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, but this app was so much fun to use in storytime that I ended up using it during my 4 Head Start visits the next day. It was a crowd pleaser, as it’s silly and interactive.

If you’re not familiar with this app, basically, the bus driver asks the reader a series of questions such as “What’s your name?” “What’s something that you think is really smelly?” “What’s your favorite snack” and so on. The app records your answers and inserts them mad lib-style into an original “Don’t Let the Pigeon….” story.

The kids loved answering the questions, then hearing their answers repeated as part of the silly, high-energy animated story.

This app is on the pricier side, at $5.99, but it is so much fun.

This was such a fun storytime with the elements of print books, the interactive app, and the craft time!