I’m sure your family is preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Why not download a few apps to get you in the spirit as well?
Blue Hat, Green Hat – Boynton
This digital book app by Sandra Boynton is a classic story to be enjoyed again and again by your young child. The story is about animals getting dressed in human clothes. The turkey in the story can’t quite put the clothes on the right part of his body, indicated by the word “oops” each time. Your toddler is sure to giggle over his mistakes! The story has two options: I want to read it myself, or The big guy reads it. There is delightful background music that can be turned off from the Home screen if desired. This book is appropriate for children ages 2 and 3 and is the most fun when you read it with your child and prompt them to join in on the simple story after multiple readings. Another great way to enjoy the book with your child is by trying echo reading. Choose the option “I want to read it myself.” Then read the text yourself and have your child repeat the text read back to you. Blue Hat, Green Hat fits this activity well because of the short phrases and repeated words. The app is narrated by a calm voice and highlights the words as they are read. This is a great story to enjoy before nap time! Check out the other digital books by the author Sandra Boynton; again, they are a perfect fit for 2-3 year olds. The app costs $3.99.
The app opens with the classic Peanuts music, and each page has a hidden leaf for children to discover. The story has the options “Read to me” and “Read myself.” The words are highlighted as the narrator reads, and the characters on the page are animated like the classic Peanuts shows. In the story, Charlie Brown is not feeling thankful. His friends invite themselves over for Thanksgiving, and Charlie Brown is upset about preparing a Thanksgiving meal. Woodstock and Snoopy save the day by helping Charlie Brown prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The story does include nice interactive features on each page, but it is quite long and feels almost like you are watching a Peanuts movie while reading the story and turning the pages. This app is appropriate for children ages 4-6 and costs $5.99.
The Berenstain Bears are a beloved family in my house; my children often select Berenstain Bear books at the library and to read before bed. As a parent, I really like how they have a message and often give me a chance to talk to my kids about experiences we share in our life. I think the characters are easy to relate to, and that’s what has made them so popular for so long. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is about the time leading up to Thanksgiving Day and includes the bear children learning about the first Thanksgiving Day. The book does talk about being thankful and includes a coordinating Bible verse at the end. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is a part of the Living Light Series by Oceanhouse Media. Check it out here and be sure to download the free book The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks costs $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-7.