Developed by: Ruckus Media Group
Ages Under 2-4
This engaging story app brings an exciting cat and mouse chase to life. We love this app for its colorful illustrations, surprise ending, and abundance of interactions with the graphics.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Discuss cats and mice with your child. What do they know about each animal? Why do cats like to chase mice? Do they think cats and mice can be friends?
- Talk about the title, A Present for Milo. Ask your child what they think the present will be. Why do they think Milo is getting a present?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Description. When the narration ends for each scene, ask your child about what else they see in the illustrations. Help them point out and identify objects. Even if they do not yet know the words, they will benefit from hearing you say them.
Movement. Encourage your child to act out the many movements in the story. Some are included in the narration; some are written on the page but shown only in the graphics (for instance, as Milo goes up the stairs the word “hop” appears on each step). How does your child duck or squat to go under something? Hop? Bounce? Slide?
Birthdays and Surprises. Talk about birthdays at the end of the story. Ask questions like: What is Milo's present? Does Milo like it? How old do you think Milo is? What kind of birthday parties do you like to go to?
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Mouse Chase! Recreate the “mouse chase” for your child by building an obstacle course, indoors or out. Help cement the story concepts by making things that your child has to go under, across, up, down, around, and through. Try saying these “commands” at each point or, if your child is old enough, putting signs with each direction at the relevant places.
- Surprise! In the app, Milo’s good friends surprise him with a birthday party. Help your child plan a surprise for someone they care about – perhaps a family member, good friend, neighbor, or teacher. Explain that the surprise should be something that will make the other person feel happy. It could be sharing a favorite toy, making a card or picture, baking a treat, doing a chore or something to help that person, or something else entirely. Have fun!