Finger Works Pro: Amazing in Storytime, by Awnali Mills

It can be difficult to find great activities to do for a Fourth of July storytime, but Finger Works Pro: Amazing was a perfect find for me. I managed to download it when it was free and have enjoyed playing with it ever since, vowing that I would somehow find a way to work it into storytime even though it has no apparent literary value.

Purple two fingers Red following

I could do this!

Then, I was looking for activities to incorporate into my Fourth of July storytime, and remembered this app. It was perfect for a play time activity, and very “fireworkish”. The app is simple. Soft music plays while tiny points of light with little tails roam across the screen, much like a large school of fish. Ah, but when you touch the screen, those lights begin to follow the movement of your fingers, or respond to stationary touch by creating beautiful fireworks-like formations, while the lights gradually change colors. I could literally sit for hours playing with this.

yellow three fingers Purple one finger

Many of my storytime kids don’t have a lot of access to technology, so this was a great introductory app to help them figure out that they could touch the screen and that it would respond to them. The kids were anxious to get their hands on it. I held the iPad and directed the kids to take turns. Up to two kids could touch it at a time, and it was neat to see the interactions created on the app by the different touches.

Green following Red three fingers

Awnali Mills works in the Children’s Dept. of a public library and she gets the snot scared out of her by sudden loud sounds coming out of apps she’s trying out. She blogs at The Librarian is on the Loose.
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About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on July 18, 2014, in Apps, Story Time and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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