I seriously don’t know how my parents were ever able to take my sister and me to a restaurant and actually enjoy a meal without having a device like the iPhone at their fingertips. My iPhone is loaded up with educational fun games for Ella and I am happy to have discovered iStoryTime:
Aiming to provide a more enriching experience than simply playing with the buttons or watching movies, iStoryTime is a new iPhone application that’s designed to bring stories to life. iStoryTime’s self-navigating and self-narrating book application is designed for use even by two-year-olds, flipping the pages automatically while the child follows along. Kids can choose between two narrators—an adult or a child’s voice—or read the book on their own. In addition, the words to the story are included onscreen so beginning readers can make associations between what they hear and the words they see.
an aside: seeing parents always stick digital babysitters in front of their kids, especially at the dinner table, is pretty sad. They’d be better off learning patience and being happy where they are (even if it isn’t fun).
but I’m not one to tell other people how to raise their kids ;)
Sep 21st, 2009 / 12:31 pm
I like the idea but after watching the demo, I’m not thrilled. The reading is a bit monotone and it would be nicer if turning the page was more tactile.
Sep 21st, 2009 / 3:29 pm
I have 2 little ones and although I agree 100% with esquelito…I often fly 12 hrs non stop with both kids and I have to say…there are moments up there when anything goes for me…specially iStory time!
By the way, what other iphone educational and/or fun games for a 2 and 5 years old do you have or can recommend?
Sep 21st, 2009 / 11:01 pm
Watching my 18 month year old flip from slide to slide on the camera roll on my iphone I wonder way they felt the need to advance the pages automatically.
Sep 26th, 2009 / 5:06 am
I just found a new app like iStoryTime and it’s great too! It’s called Strange Sam and it’s a book about a friendship between a dinosaur and a child. My daughter has even renamed her stuffed dinosaur “Sam” now ;-) Here’s the link for more info: http://strangesam.com/
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Sep 28th, 2009 / 10:30 am
Dr. Seuss iPhone apps are now available as well. The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and more….
Feb 25th, 2010 / 2:03 am