Jul 22, 2015
The Supper Club presents: Apps about water
(App titles are linked to my full review where possible. Click on the links to read more!)
READ: Byron Barton’s Boats by Oceanhouse Media ($, iOS) -- Just like the board book, but with a few moving parts and the option for a narrator (though I prefer to read it myself!)
PLAY: Fiete Match by Ahoiii ($, iOS & Android)
SING: Big Reading Show by Hooked on Phonics (free/$, iOS)
TALK: Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer ($, iOS & Android) -- a free play, discovery game filled with giggles and lots of repeat play value.
FAMILY PLAY: Monument Valley ($, iOS & Android) -- one of my top 5 favorite apps for joint adult/child play of all time. Or just adult solo play. It's gorgeous, challenging for all ages and with no time limits or points, stress-free for kids to play too.
STEM: Marco Polo ocean ($, iOS only) -- "build" a boat, an orca or another sea-related item and learn more about the item as you build.
Kapu blocks ($, iOS & Android)
Take-out Box: Sago Mini boats ($, iOS only) -- If you love Sago Mini Road Trip, you should know that this is the aquatic version of that app.
Kapu fishing ($, iOS & Android) -- lazy day of fishing, complete with DIY fishing lures
Marine Missions by Nat’l Geo (Free, iOS only) -- A new one to me, this is a really nice choice for free. A little learning, a little play and attractive app design.
Our craft this evening was toy boats (best tongue twister ever--say "toy boat" three times fast!):
Necessity is the mother of invention and I didn't have any pool noodles at work, but I did have a stash of foam pipe insulators (similar to these) but because the diameter on those is smaller than a pool noodle, I had to scale down the rest of the materials too. I had some "ornate wood toothpicks" (similar to these) and a stash of milk filter scraps, so those became the sails. The kids were very excited about these little boats and made some real beauties!