There's so much more to learning language than just knowing how to speak — kids must learn to recognize letter sounds, ask questions, and build sentences and stories, and more.
There's so much more to learning language than just knowing how to speak — kids must learn to recognize letter sounds, ask questions, and build sentences and stories, and more. To help make all that learning a little more fun, here are five great language-focused apps that children love playing.
1. SuperDuper® StoryMaker (iTunes, ages 4+)
The SuperDuper® StoryMaker app ($5) allows your child to create stories by using an image library of over 800 cartoonish images that depict all the elements of a good story — characters, setting, plot, and other details. Your child can also draw their own pictures, import photos, type in text, and record their own voice reading the story. If you want to try out the app before buying, there's also a limited-features free edition available.
2. Story Dice (Android and iTunes, ages 7+)
This app, available for both Android and on iTunes ($2), has a simplistic interface that provides for a number of different language-learning opportunities. The app is made up of five die, with each side displaying a pictogram that can represent a character, plot, setting, or other element of a story. Once the die are rolled (your child can choose how many die to roll at a time), it's up to your child to figure out what they want to do with the images — tell a story about the pictographs, play charades with you, make up a song, or even create a cave drawing to go with what they see.
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