Finger Paint with Sounds app review, by Awnali Mills
Finger painting is a tremendous amount of fun. But let’s face it. It’s messy. Some kids hate getting their fingers dirty, and most adults hate cleaning up. Now the Finger Paint with Sounds app (iPad/Android) by Inclusive Technology Ltd. not only allows kids to finger paint without getting dirty, but also throws in the fun of music or sound effects.
The app provides clear directions for use; choices for no sound, music, or sound effects; multi-touch and single touch options; and contains no in-app purchases.
The blank screen has seven half-circles of color on the edges. Touch one of these and every touch on the screen after that is that color and has that individual sound until you touch another color. A double tap in the corner allows you to exit the screen or clear it. It’s that simple! Preschoolers adore this app, and the single touch selection lets them practice the fine motor skills they need for writing in kindergarten. It’s an Early Literacy Skills builder cleverly disguised as a lot of fun. Shhhhh—don’t tell!
During playtime after stories last week, I pulled this app out and let the kids go to town. Oh. My. Gosh. I had it on multi-touch so that more than one child could play at a time. I sat down on the floor to hold the tablet, since we don’t yet have kid-friendly holders. Immediately, I had kids crawling all over me, making various parts of my body lose circulation. They were utterly glued to the screen, creating, making the sounds, exploring—it was a thing of beauty. Then, I looked up to find parents clustered around us, too, and they promptly demanded to know what this fabulous app was and where they could get it.
I love that!
I used the app as a general playtime app, but it would also work great with a color storytime, or a music storytime. Comment if you dream up any other uses!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. ~*~ Little eLit is a collaborative think tank of professionals thinking about the topic of young children, new media, and libraries. Individuals who share their viewpoints, experiences, and presentations in Little eLit blog posts are expressing their personal views and do not represent Little eLit as a whole.