Adults may remember the fun they had playing with felt boards as children. My Felt World is an updated, digital version of this classic storytelling tool. For its kid friendly design and its ability to teach storytelling skills to children ages 2-5, Fun Educational Apps awards My Felt World its latest TOP PICK .
Available via the iTunes App Store for iPad
How the App Works-
My Felt World is a brand new app for the iPad from Digital Toybox, Ltd. It has a solid design featuring 4 different backgrounds. Children can decide to go down on the farm, under the ocean, on a safari, or deep into the arctic. Once a background is selected, the sights and sounds start to generate a feeling of that place. Across the top of the screen are menu icons that allow you to start over, add music, add sounds effects, turn on the animations, or take a photo.
The next step is for the child to bring the scene to life. Across the bottom are numerous animals, vehicles, and characters. They can be added by touching the icon or removed by touching it again. Double clicking the character causes it to move, flip, or twirl.
This is an example of a story told by a 4-year-old using My Felt World:
[Start with a bare ocean background]
“Here comes the submarine, beep-beep-beep” (click on the submarine icon)
“It’s driving around.” (move the submarine around the board)
“Now the fish are swimming.” (click on the school of fish icon; move them around)
“Now the dolphin is swimming by the submarine.” (click on the dolphin icon)
“The boy says, ‘I’m going to ride the dolphin.’ ”
“Then he jumps out of the submarine.” (click on the boy icon)
“He rides the dolphin.” (move the boy on top of the dolphin)
What Fun Educational Apps Liked-
At first view, My Felt World doesn’t look or feel like other educational apps. There are no written instructions, no letters or numbers jumping around, and no points being awarded. What gives this app value is its ability to draw out a child’s imagination and give him or her practice telling and retelling simple stories. Children who use My Felt World will learn to:
- choose a setting
- imagine a simple story
- use 3-6 objects or characters
- create dialogue
- show action
These children will be better prepared for early literacy instruction once they enter kindergarten. This app can also be used with children who have delayed language or motor skills. It would make an excellent therapy tool that is appropriate for both boys and girls.
In a Nutshell-
My Felt World is a unique, well-designed storytelling app that reinforces essential early literacy skills, including vocabulary development and concept formation. It uses a nostalgic felt board background, on which your child can create little scenes featuring appealing, age appropriate animated characters. These were the factors that earned My Felt World a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps in the category of early literacy apps.
My Felt World is available for download via the iTunes App Store- iPad
RRP - $/€ 1.99 - £1.49 - iPad
At the time of this review, My Felt World provides a safe, secure environment, with no third party ads and no access to social media or the internet. Parents can be confident that children's privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6 to 14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
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