April 5, 2012 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Birmingham, Alabama - Software Smoothie has recently released Felt Board, an app for the iPad designed much like traditional felt boards, but with added digital enhancements. A simple drag and drop interface allows children to create characters and combine them with props and accessories to create scenes for imaginative play.
"Little kids and big kids alike will love this app," says Canadian mom and blogger Tiffany Squires. "Use it to teach feelings and emotions, tell stories, recreate fairy tales and help story comprehension, or just have some fun."
Unlike traditional felt boards, this digital version offers many opportunities for customization due to it's large selection of characters, props and backgrounds. "I was truly amazed at the in-depth customization you can get into with it," writes Lisa Gallegos in her blog, Seven Yuck Mouths and Autism. "I played for hours myself! Then, of course, the kids wanted to know what mommy was doing and I haven't seen the iPad since!"
In addition, Felt Board takes full advantage of the iPad's ability to make technology accessible to children. "This app is so creative and fun," says special education teacher, Jennifer Carney. "My students are non-verbal or have very low expressive speech and language skills. Felt Board allows us to create stories, pictures or scenes that we can connect to literature or experiences. I've found it a great way to build vocabulary and elicit expressive speech and language. I have even made a class book using print outs of my student's creations."
Educational technology specialist Andrea Gardner of Applicable2U agrees that Felt Board offers benefits to students at home and in the classroom: "Upon entering this application, users will immediately get a craft like feeling as every aspect of this educational app is created with felt. Use your fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills to develop amazing stories as you tap, drag, drop, pinch and zoom pieces into a scene. Felt Board for iPad is a very user friendly application for children young and old. It is an application that encourages all learning styles as children can work collaboratively or independently."
Since it's release in March, Felt Board has been well received by children, parents and educators. Educators appreciate the app's versatility as a teaching tool and storytelling aid. Children and parents enjoy the open ended opportunity for creativity and imaginative play. "I can see all sorts of uses for this app," writes Mary Mahon, in her review for the iMum. "It is great for fine motor practice, imaginary play, as a stimulus speech practice and for storytelling, but above all it is fun and creative."
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 52.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Felt Board 1.0.35 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Software Smoothie is a husband and wife app development team located in Birmingham, Alabama. Our goal is to create fun, educational and innovative apps for children and families. Copyright (C) 2012 Software Smoothie. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.