Children’s iPad App, Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
From the developer:
Help Little Bo Peep find her lost sheep and dance them around the screen together in time to the music. Guide Jack and Jill up and down the hill and march with Grand Old Duke of York. Sound effect buttons like rhythm sticks, rattles and a rain stick are included for young children to interact with songs and rhymes as they are played.
Songs and rhymes include: Old Mother Goose, Goosey Goosey Gander, Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, 2 Little Monkeys, 5 Fat Sausages, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, Eency Weency Spider, Row Row Row Your Boat, and more.
What I liked:
I use flannel boards a lot with my pre-school group in our local library. Try though I might, the odd piece wanders. No way for them to wander off the iPad! It’s very cool to have such a variety of digital elements to arrange, and for them to suit the rhymes and songs that are such a necessary part of early literacy.
I like the way the app keeps to the simplicity of the real-life flannel board. This is not an app with distracting bells and whistles. The price is great - free at time of writing this review. Kids will enjoy creating pictures and singing along, and interacting with the adult sharing it with them. An excellent feature is the in-app advice for parents and librarians, explaining how to get the most from the app. I loved that it’s very much in line with my philosophy of adults SHARING the app with a child for the greatest benefit.
I think Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose would be an excellent tool for teachers of young children, librarians, special educators and speech pathologists. It also will also appeal to kids, and to parents who want their young children to engage with creating. There’s a similar, paid, app available from developer Software Smoothie too.