The UnStealer

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Developed by:The Happy Dandelion


Ages 5-7

A sneaky thief and good deeds. One does not often go with the other! We love this app for its imaginative way of teaching children about prefixes, antonyms, and adjectives through a humorous and beautifully illustrated story.

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.

  1. Storytime.Share stories with your child about other thieves, such as The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli.
  2. Pretend.Tell your child to pretend they are a thief. What is it that they like to steal and why? Ask them to write a story about one of their thefts and adventures.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:

  1. Stop, Thief!Theft is usually a bad thing. Ask your child what they have learned about stealing before using The UnStealer app. Is stealing a good thing to do? Why or why not? Now ask them to think about the UnStealer. Why are his thefts different than what we normally imagine when we picture someone stealing something? What effect do his thefts have on the people or animals he steals from?
  2. Extend the Story.Ask your child to think about the UnStealer’s past. How did he begin stealing un’s? Can they invent and describe another character from whom he stole? How did he transform that character? Perhaps it was an actor who felt uncomfortable and ungraceful when he had to dance onstage!
  3. Collections.The UnStealer has quite the collection of un’s. Does your child have a collection of any kind? If not, what would they like to collect if they could have a collection of anything imaginable?

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities.

  1. Be An UnStealer.Brainstorm with your child to come up with as many words as you can that have an “un” prefix. Use the app as a starting point. Write those words down in big letters and cut them out. Now write down what those words would be without the prefix (unfocused/focused). Hide the “un” words around the house. Your child is now the UnStealer and has to find and steal each word, replacing it with its opposite. When they finish, you should collect the words to see how many your child has stolen and replaced. Talk about the words and their meanings, and have fun!
  2. Unusual Charades.Put together a game of charades consisting only of words using an “un” prefix! Ask everyone to come up with a word, write it down, and throw it in a bowl. Now take turns picking a word from the bowl, acting it out, and guessing what it is!
  3. Make Someone’s Day Unforgettable.The UnStealer helps people and animals feel happier, more confident, and friendlier by stealing their un’s. Help your child think through ways they could make someone feel better about themselves or their day, and encourage them to act the next time they see a friend or family member (or pet!) who is feeling down. What are some real-life ways they can “steal” someone’s un’s away?