Developed by: Snappyant
An interactive adaptation of Australian picture book, My Mum’s the Best by Rosie Smith and illustrated by Bruce Whatley, we love this storybook app for its endearing animations: the slurpy dog kiss, the mama fish nudge, the upside-down tuck-in from the mother bat…they are the perfect balance of funny and cuddly!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- All in the Family. Ask your child to talk to you about your family. Can they name each family member in your immediate family (we have a mother, father, sister, brother, etc.)? What about extended family? What about families that are formed a little differently than yours? Read a book such as Who’s In My Family? by Robie H. Harris to get the conversation going!
- Mothers. This app is an adaptation of an Australian picture book, by the title My Mum’s the Best. What are other words for mother or mom? What about in different languages? Help your child pick a few to learn from countries all over the world! Are there any words for mom in other languages that are similar or the same as the words you use in your family?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Anticipate and Take Charge. In this story app, the text appears on its own before the illustration follows up. Take this opportunity and the moments before the illustrations appear to ask your child about the story. What animal do they think would give a good hug? What animal do they think would dance well? When the illustration does appear, encourage your child to take charge. What happens when they tap the screen? What if they tap it in different places; can they try touching each frog?
- Get Moving. Mom does a lot. She hugs, kisses, hangs around, sings, dances, and a whole lot more. For each page, make a mind-body connection and have your child act out the action!
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Mom and Me. This story is all about love. But most kids have times when they feel pretty frustrated or angry with a parent. Is there something they do not like that their mom does? (If my son were old enough for this activity, I am certain he would draw a picture of me cutting his toenails.) Can they draw a picture? Why do they think mom does this thing? Now, what does your child love best about their mom? Ask them to draw a picture and describe it! This activity promotes emotional well-being and storytelling skills.
- Pretend. Ask your child to pretend to be a mom to a favorite doll or stuffed animal. Encourage them to go through the steps of the story, and add their own mothering style, too!
- Animal Facts. Pick one or two of the animals in the story and help your child find information on how those mothers and their babies really relate to one another. Or read about all different sorts of animal families in a book like Animal Families by DK Publishing.