Developed by: Callaway Digital Arts Inc.
This interactive app allows users to watch, read, and play with a well-known picture book. The beautiful animation really brings the story to life! What’s more, there are fun, age-appropriate games and activities to entertain your child while reinforcing some of the concepts seen in the text.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Spiders, Spiders, Everywhere. Ask your child to share what s/he already knows about spiders. What do spiders look like? What do they like to eat? Activating this prior knowledge will help children understand why the other bugs are so apprehensive to attend Miss Spider’s tea party.
- Let’s Party! Have your child think about a party that s/he has attended or what parties are usually like. Why do people hold parties? Who usually attends? What kinds of things do you do or see at a party?
- Eyes and Ears. This app allows readers to watch the story in full animation, read it independently, or listen to spoken narration of the text. Younger readers benefit greatly from animations as they provide strong visuals to reinforce the storyline. Audio narration gives pre-readers a model of what a fluent reader sounds like and allows them to focus their attention on making meaning. No matter what mode your child decides to use, they all help foster a love of reading!
- Get Involved. Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app to fully experience the story. Have your child touch the screen to engage with the multimedia elements on each page and listen to special sound effects.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
As your child goes through the story, stop every now and then to chunk information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose to:
- Discuss what it means when words “rhyme”. Rhyming words are words that sound the same at the end. Authors like David Kirk often use rhymes in their stories to give them a certain cadence or rhythm. Encourage your child to listen for the rhyming words in this story; recognizing rhyming words is a critical skill for emergent readers.
- Ask your child to notice the counting pattern in the story (one spider, two ladybugs, etc.) This will help your child attend to the text and predict the number of bugs seen on the next page.
- After your child has read or listened to the story at least once through, have him/her explore the games, puzzles, and coloring pages. We really loved putting the puzzle pieces together to recreate special scenes from the book and then talking about the respective scene!
Extend the app experience with one of these real life activities.
- Do You Like My Hat? Is that an artsy party hat? Why yes, it is! Using construction paper and crayons have your child illustrate a favorite scene from the story. (It’s perfectly OK for your child to go back to a specific screen on the app to refresh his/her memory.) After the scene is complete, wrap the paper into a cone shape and tape the edges together. Punch a hole on opposite sides of the hat and tie a ribbon to each hole for hat straps. Put on the party hat and prance around with pride!
- Who Am I? Let your child create riddles for each of the characters in the book. The object of this game is to correctly guess the character without giving away the name. Have your child list as many descriptive words or facts about the insects seen in the story, adding the question, “Who am I?” at the end. For example, a child could say, “I am lonely. I want a friend. I love tea. I have eight legs. What am I?” (Answer: Miss Spider, of course!) This activity will reinforce character traits and story events.
- Tea Time! If your child is open to new experiences (or is a tea connoisseur), have him/her try different flavors of hot (ok, warm) or iced tea. Encourage your child to use as many adjectives as possible, such as “sweet” or “tangy”, to describe each tea. To give this activity a math twist, have a tasting party with friends and create a bar graph depicting guests’ favorite tea. All you’ll need is a piece of chart paper or word processing software to create a lovely chart. Discuss the findings – what tea is most popular? Which flavor seems to be the least favorite?