I love apps, I use them for everything: from finding the best deal on groceries, to photo editing, and even to entertain the kids from time to time. What I love even more are apps that keep me connected, but not in the way that you might think. Apps that can connect me to my child in a new way have me clapping my hands with joy, which brings me to David Wiesner’s Spot.
Spot isn’t your usual app. It’s not a book (although that’s the category you’ll find it under), it’s not a game, it’s so much more. Spot is creativity, connectedness, imagination, and fun! It’s open-ended, write your own story, and create your own adventure. Each time you open this app with your little one it’s a chance to embark on a new journey together.
Spot is an app unlike any other. A visual adventure—one that is never the same twice—unfolds as you travel through spaces that transition into one another via the Pinch-and-Zoom feature of your iPad. With a pinch and a zoom you move through dazzling scenes, delving into worlds within worlds realized in gorgeous original art-work by David Wiesner.
Peek under an armchair and visit the dust bunnies in Lower Rügg, wander among the robotic shoppers in the marketplace of Mekanikos, watch the glorious cat parade in Katzaluna, go on an underwater adventure in Oceana Prime, or take in the beauty of the universe in an interga-lactic space station. Hotspots transport you from world to world and back again, and it’s up to you to decide where the story will go next!
Unlike other apps that you can hand off to your kids and let them be entertained, this app requires a little attention or else you are likely to hear “this app is boring”. Sit down with your little one and enjoy this app together. Create a story for them, or have them tell you one instead. I highly recommend recording the story sessions on occasion so that you can cherish the unique stories you create in the years to come.
I love this app and I am really looking forward to see which adventures my little one chooses next. David Wiesner’s Spot is available in the app store for $4.59.
Be sure to download Spot’s accompanying multi-touch companion e-book, David Wiesner’s Spot: A Parent & Educator Guide that enhances this imaginative experience. The guide includes creative storytelling prompts for parents and unique writing and classroom activities for teachers.
Disclosure – This post is sponsored. All opinions expressed are my own.