Developed by: Scribble Press
Let your child’s imagination soar with this app that allows them to write full books, using more than 500 tools to add in their own illustrations, or upload their own photographs and original artwork. Your child can write a completely original story or use any of the fun templates provided. If your child is struggling with a story idea, they can draw a picture and gain inspiration for a story from there. Your kiddo can also browse and read other books which can be sorted by most popular, random, featured, and newly published.
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
- So many forms of writing! Sometimes we forget just how many things there are to write about! Talk to your child about the various forms – see which ones they can think of and help them along the way. Different forms of writing include letters, lists, postcards, personal stories, recipes, poems, fairy tales, journal writing, comic strips, graphic novels, functional texts (how to’s) and so on! Ask them about their favorite forms of writing.
- Channel your inner artist! Sometimes our greatest writing is inspired by our sketches, doodles, or drawings. Have your child hit the New Drawing icon, play some music for them, and see what happens! If they think they don’t have anything to draw, encourage them to sketch what the music makes them think of.
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
- Write on! Does your child have an original story they’d like to write? Do they need a little help getting started? Have your child brainstorm some writing topics. If they are struggling, ask them questions about their personal favorites such as: What is your favorite thing to do? What is your favorite thing to eat? What is your happiest or funniest memory? Or, have them tap the Start a New Book icon and browse the various story starters that range from aliens to fantasy and so on! If they are still struggling with an idea, have them browse the existing books on the app for further inspiration.
- Describe it! The best writing is full of vivid details and adjectives (describing words). Before your writer gets started, talk about what makes great stories so great. Remind your child that vivid descriptions and exciting adjectives really help. Challenge them to include as many of these as they can in their story.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- Fluency Practice! Encourage your child to read their finished story to a friend or family member. The most enjoyable thing about hearing a story read aloud is the speakers’ fluency, so talk to your child about what this means. Fluent readers read with emotion, use different voices for different characters, and make sure to recognize punctuation (read with excitement when there’s an exclamation mark, pause at the commas, and so on).
- It’s Show Time! Is your budding writer interested in turning their book into a play or movie? Encourage them to turn their book into a screen play by assigning certain characters certain lines, include simple stage directions such as “Rodger exits, Sarah enters”, and gather costumes from everyday items around the house. Hopefully your child can solicit help from siblings or friends and it’s show time!