The StoryBots are brightly colored, infinitely curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens (iPhones, iPads, computers, televisions). Their mission is to make learning fun for kids – and life easier for parents – by offering personalized eBooks, videos, activity sheets and more.
I really love this app. My son has been playing it for a while now and it helps him with his beginning reading skills. There is a great activity that can help with sentence structure to show how you would form your sentence, he can try to read on his own first and then listen to them read it for him if he wants to check if he was right or if he gets stuck on a word. Putting himself into the story makes it even better and holds his attention even longer! I love when my children find something fun to do that will also help them learn.
One of the ways the Spiridellis brothers are reinventing storytelling is with personalization. With a few clicks, taps or swipes, parents can upload a photo of their child and insert him or her into the center of the action, alongside the StoryBots.
StoryBots Starring You StoryBook is a free iPad app that enables parents to create personalized, animated eBooks that include their child’s name and face in the stories. The app comes with one free book, and parents can sign up to receive a new book every month for just $3.99. They can buy additional titles for just $1.99 each. Today, there are 18 books available with themes ranging from giant pizza and circus escapades to trucks and princesses.
StoryBots Starring You Band is a free video series on the web that allows parents to insert their kids directly into music videos and jam out alongside the StoryBots. Together, your child and the StoryBots sing and dance to a series of jazzed-up classic children’s songs. There are 4 free videos available today with a new video scheduled each month.
The StoryBots ABC Jamboree is a collection of 26 one-minute, foot-tapping music videos designed to help kids recognize the sounds and shapes of the letters of the alphabet. Parents too will appreciate the fun, hip take on these songs, and can download the MP3s such as “Hooray for A” or “B Is for Boogie”, all of which are free.
The StoryBots Activity Center is a place on StoryBots.com where parents can download and print over 100 free coloring, tracing, mazes and word finds to – ironically enough – help get their kids off of the computer and back to the kitchen table with crayons and pencils.
The StoryBots Beep & Boop iPhone app turns learning good behavior into a game kids love, bringing old-school reward chart systems into the 21st century. Parents give kids BEEPs for good behavior and BOOPs as reprimands. Parents can use the app to create goals and prizes to motivate and celebrate their children’s achievements.
“The BEEP & BOOP app is a good example of how we are building products for StoryBots,” said the Spiridellis brothers. “We invented it for our own kids and then released it to the public in March. Since then, grown-ups in 89 countries around the world have given kids 150,000 Beeps and Boops!”
Check out the website www.storybots.com for information on how to make learning fun for your child!
I was provided with an iTunes gift card to download this product and facilitate my review. All words and opinions are my own.