Developed by: Oceanhouse Media
A collection of four favorite Byron Barton transportation stories, we love this app for its toddler-geared interactions and narrative approach.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Car talk. Talk to your child about transportation. How do people get around from place to place? What different types of vehicles can they think of?
- Music time. Sing the “Wheels on the Bus” song to get in a traveling mood! Like the Byron Barton stories, the song touches not only on the different parts of the bus, but the people who use the bus in various ways.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Behind the wheel. In each story, a moment comes when the focus turns to the people who use the vehicles: drivers, passengers, workers, pilots, engineers, etc. As you meet these people in the story, ask your child about them. Why do these people do what they do? Where are the passengers traveling? Who are they visiting? What have they packed in their bags? How did the workers decide on the jobs they have? In thinking about these questions, your child will become the storyteller.
- Recording studio! In each story, you have the option of recording other voices. Use this feature to record your child’s narration! Within a story, click on the “Voice” option and select “New.” Ask your child to read the story, and then press the microphone image to record. It will turn red when it is in recording mode. Try to tune down background noise and encourage your child to speak loudly and close to your device so the microphone picks up their voice clearly. Even if your child is not yet able to read the words on the screen, they can still add narration to go along with each picture. At the end they will have their very own version to listen to and enjoy!
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Walk it out. The stories in the app collection are all about transportation. The most basic mode of transportation we have, though, is to walk! Encourage your child to tell you a story about walking. What do people need to do it? How do babies learn to walk? Need some inspiration? Take a walk together in your neighborhood and ask your child to include some of the details! Ask them to draw a picture or pictures to illustrate their story.
- Accelerate. Gather a few toy cars, trains, trucks, planes, and/or boats and create a race with two or three at a time. Try different surfaces—flat pavement, a grassy hill, carpet, or water, for example—and help your child think through reasons for the winner each time. Does the same vehicle always win? Brainstorm with your child about elements such as the weight or size of the winning car, the slope of the ground, the amount of force in the push your child gave the vehicle, the type of surface, etc.