Developed by: Night and Day Studios
An elevator inside an office building opens to reveal your favorite Busytown characters demonstrating different types of jobs. Catch a Carpenter hammering, a Doctor listening to Huckle’s heartbeat, and a Dancer’s arabesque! Toddlers will love playing peekaboo with these busy worker-bees, as they familiarize themselves with the names, sounds, and actions of each profession. There is a rotating cast of 13 different Busytown characters waiting behind elevator doors to surprise your little ones. You can choose between a four year old child narrator or the adult voice, for a clearer and correct pronunciation. There is original music and fun sound effects that correspond with the characters actions. Your child will be able to hear and see the words repeated for each item, helping children both learn to say and spell the names. Lowly Worm pops up randomly in the elevator. Have fun spotting this wiggly worm with your kiddos. Lastly, select looped mode for endless play or storybook mode- which ends with all the characters going home to sleep- perfect for bedtime!
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
A job? What’s that? Discuss with your child what a job or career is. Explain to them that one day they will get to be anything they want to be. What will they choose to be? Discuss the current jobs of family members, jobs of people in your community, and those they interact with on a weekly basis. Is there a favorite book of theirs that features a particular career? Discuss that as well so your child can make various connections.
Scavenger Hunt: Explore the books in your home, go for a walk or drive in the neighborhood, or run an errand. Facilitate a discussion with your child about the people you see and their jobs. Ask questions such as: Who do you see? Who works where? What do they do? How do they help the community?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying any of the following activities:
There are lots of jobs out there! Have your child tap on the elevator door to reveal a certain person and career. Have them say the name a few times and if they are old enough, say each letter that makes up the name of the job. Have your child tell you what they see the character doing (their actions). Has your child heard of that job before? Have they read about it in a book? Encourage your child to share any connections they might have. If they do not think of them on their own, ask them questions and give them hints to help them get there.
Let’s Pretend! Is there a certain job that your child seems particularly excited about? What does that person do? Have them act out what that person does and encourage them to dress the part, if they are able to, with items around the house.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- Say Thank You! Was there a person/job featured in the app that your child interacts with such as the postman/woman, teacher, mechanic, etc.? Help them to say thank you with a handmade card and encourage your child to give it to them to brighten their day.
- Conduct an Interview: Does your child have an interest in any of the jobs that appeared in the app, in a job that they encounter on a daily/weekly basis, or that they have read about before? Help them to set up and conduct a short interview with someone in that field. Help them to ask simple questions such as “What is your favorite part of your job? What is a day in your life like”? They can complete the interview project by starting a journal with pictures that represent their findings. Encourage them to conduct more interviews, if they seem interested, and share their discoveries with friends and family.