Developed by:Nosy Crow
Meet Bizzy Bear, a very busy little bear! Based on the popular Bizzy Bear board book series, this app offers an original story and lets toddlers help Bizzy with his chores as they explore everything there is to see and do on the farm. (iTunes)
Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:
Talk to your child about what life on a farm is like. Help them participate more in the conversation by asking any of the following questions: What does a farm look like? What kinds of animals can you usually find on a farm? What sounds do these animals make? What kind of work, or chores do you think need to get done on a farm? Why? Would you like to visit or live on a farm? Why or why not? This will help them build context and background before engaging with the app.
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
Building Literacy Skills:
This is the earliest stage of reading. During this stage, children will rely on pictures and illustrations to gather information about the story. Help readers in this stage by choosing the “Read Myself” option on the app and ask them questions during reading such as: What do you see on this page? What is happening? Remind your kiddo what the title of the story is; this will help them to answer these questions and stick to the story topic.
In this stage, children can point to words that he/she knows in the text. Ask your child to point to any words that he/she knows how to read, or ask them to try and identify a particular word of your choice on each page. Yet another option is to encourage your child to tap any word on the page and hear it read aloud to them to build early reading skills.
Get To Work!
Your child will be able to help Bizzy Bear on the farm in a number of different ways. For each chore they come across, ask your child why they think that particular job might be an important one. Extend this further by asking them if they’d like to do that chore in real life. Why or why not?
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
Reflect & Evaluate
End this app experience the way you started it - by discussing it. Here are a couple questions that might help keep the conversation going: Which chores did you like best? Least? Why? Which farm animal was your favorite? Why? If you could bring any farm animal home, which one would it be and why? Are there any chores you feel like you can help out with at home?
Depending on your child’s interests, have them choose any (or all) of the following ways to extend this app further:
- Draw & ColorHave your child draw and color their favorite animals from the app.
Write On!Have your child write their own creative story extending on one of the questions from above: If you could bring home any farm animal, which one would it be? Why? Encourage them to write about life with that farm animal in their home. For younger children, they can dictate the story to you, or share it aloud. Encourage them to share their story with friends and family, too!
- Act It Out!Ask your child to act like all of the animals featured in this app. What do they look like? How do they move around? What do they sound like? Encourage them to be silly & just have fun!