By: Jessica Drake-Simmons M.S. CCC-SLP
Screen time for the purpose of passive consumption should be limited, as it does not activate a young child’s brain the way that real interaction with another person does. Children learn most efficiently from back and forth communication, interaction in the real world and hands on play.
However, the screen can be a platform to promote back and forth interaction between a caregiver and child. Here are my favorite apps that promote creativity, collaboration and FUN interaction:
Video Star lets you easily create a music video in which you are the star! Select the song, special effects, start shooting and then watch back the hilarious video that you created!
Songify transforms your recorded speech into a song. It is SO FUN!!!
Puppet Pals is an app in which you can create your own unique puppet shows. You can select the actors, background, animation and record the audio.
Funny Movie Maker lets you replace the mouth (or entire face) of a picture of a friend, celebrity, pet, etc. You can record videos, adjust the pitch of your voice and add music to complete your video. I think this could be an entertaining way to get that articulation homework done!
Book Creator is a simple way to make your own book right on you tablet. In this app, you can customize books by adding pictures, text, video clips, music and even your own recorded voice. What a great way for a child to re-tell a previous event or create their own imaginative story!
As with all media use, play these games along with your child. These apps may spur your creativity too!
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