Apps in Storytime by Anne Hicks: Park Math HD
Using the iPad in storytime can be a very simple way to promote STEM.
STEM Storytime App: Park Math HD by Duck Duck Moose
Duck Duck Moose is one of my favorite app developers, and this is a great app that promotes math skills for the very young. There are a number of cute activities included in the app, but the one that could be used in storytime to emphasize pattern recognition is activated by tapping on the green kite (unfortunately, the activities are not labeled).
The screen displays a pattern made up of a number of everyday objects. There is one object missing from the pattern, and at the bottom of the screen there are four choices of objects that can be used to complete the pattern. Here are some screen shots:
You can hold the iPad facing the children (or project it/mirror it on a screen if you have the required equipment) and discuss the pattern that is displayed on the top half of the screen. Then ask the children to tell you what object would complete the pattern. The app starts out with simple patterns like the ones above, but there are slightly more difficult patterns included as well.
For more ideas on how to incorporate apps into your storytimes, check out my blog, Anne’s Library Life.Anne Hicks
Henrietta Public Library