Rarely is there a kids’ app that doesn’t make me cringe. I feel like a lot of them are made to try to simulate the encouraging ‘mom’ voice- this is fine at times, but gets redundant quickly.
Enter Storybots. It took me a week or so to check out the new app because I was sort of burned out on preschool apps. When I finally opened it, lying in bed with Beckett, we were both instantly smitten. It’s smart, amazingly illustrated and animated, and the songs are reminiscent of They Might Be Giants, and rival the catchiest pop songs, but are absolutely not annoying. (!)
What I didn’t realize at first is that Storybots is more than a single app. It’s a series of apps (for both kids and adults), and a website with videos and activity sheets. And they’re all good. I’m in love, seriously.
Here are just a few of my favorite parts of the whole Storybot world:
1. Row, Row, Row Your Boat on the Learning Videos app. I find it hilarious. So does Beckett. We giggle and laugh and snort at it each time it’s on.
2. Watching his face in different stories. These personalized stories blow the book personalized stories out of the water. They’re engaging, well-written and just plain fun.
3. Tap & Sing app. Again, it’s delightfully funny. And it’s all about music- I don;t know how they figured out how to make an app that appeals to my 3 year old, my 10 year old, and me equally. You can use it on so many levels to explore musical notes and songs, and it just doesn’t get boring.
The lowdown: The apps are free to try out- you get a few different songs/videos/stories to check out. After that, if you want more, you pay $4.99 a month for a subscription. This lets you use all of their formats- web and app-based. I have a feeling we’ll be using Storybots all the time… Check them out at the Storybots website, or get the new iPhone and iPad Learning Videos app here.