Developed by:Valdas Barvainis
It’s unlike any nursery rhyme you have ever read before. The Fish and Frog app is about two little sea creatures who thought they were brothers! Dive into this underwater, aquatic adventure and explore a wild journey of a fish and a frog who found their differences! The Frog and Fish storybook can be read or listened to! It’s the perfect storybook for young children learning how to read—and they can even listen and read along with visual guidance! The Frog and Fish is vibrant, exciting and educational! Discover interactive elements on every page and be amazed by the sound effects that you will hear! Learning how to read has never been easier, and with the help of the Fish and Frog storybook, your child can have fun, and learn at the same time! It’s colorful and filled with beautiful animations! Meet our two heroes and have fun in this wild storybook—touch, tap and flip your way through the pages as you discover a story of friendship! (iTunes)
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:
Story Theme: Let’s Discuss—What makes a Family?
What makes a family? Discuss with your child the many ways they can think of how family is made. Is it to look the same? Have the same parent(s)? Families come in many beautiful lovely ways.
Introduction to Metamorphosis
: (an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages. (Google)
In this story, an amazing phenomenon occurs for one of characters called metamorphosis. Ask your child if they know what metamorphosis means. Have they witnessed it before? If not, view a wonderful video by awarding-winning Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist—Metamorphosis (Tadpole into a Frog) on YouTube.
Play Song: (optional)
From the opening app page, you have the option of playing a song created by the developer about the story of The Fish and the Frog. Choose to play the song now or it will play automatically at the end.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:
Let’s Talk About Art
Mixed Media:A term used to describe works composed of a combination of different media or materials. (Tate Museum)
As you read through the pages, point out the many various ways mixed-media is used to make each page, i.e., cardboard tubes for a mossy log, buttons for eggs, painting, etc.
Stories that rhyme are fun to read, musical to hear and encourage word recognition when the story is re-read to them. Help your child pick out the words that rhyme in each stanza. If you choose to have the story read to your child the first time, turn off the “Reads to Me” option and point to the words that rhyme. Each time you re-read this story, encourage your child to recall and read out loud those words.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities:
Ask your child the following questions after you read the story.
In the beginning of the story Fish and Frog looked the same. How did the tadpole (frog) change his looks as they grew? How did they find out what was happening to the tadpole? How did the fish feel about the tadpole becoming an air-breathing frog one-day? Did the fish and frog stay best friends and brothers in the end?
Play Time: Let’s Create our Own Fish and Frog Story
Gather mixed-media art supplies from around the house. Use the story to get you started.
Here are some suggestions to build your play set:
- cardboard tubes
- heavyweight mixed-media paper/construction paper
- safety scissors
- markers/crayons/colored pencils/chalk, etc.
- glue sticks
- popsicle sticks/tongue depressors
- blue fabric (or patterned scrapbook paper)
- anything else you can use, be creative
Now it’s time to build our own play use mixed media! Create a story of the metamorphosis of the fish and frog from an egg to a tadpole. Use popsicle sticks/tongue depressors to glue fish and frog characters so you can animate them in the story, from down in the dark waters to up above on the lily pad. Encourage your child to create their own dialogue and action for each scene. A fun way to build storytelling skills through a creative art activity!