The Beach Ball

A funny, engaging appbook that brings the Rock Pool gang together for music and dancing.

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What is it

The Beach Ball, from Box of Frogs Media, is an app book which follows the story of a group of rock pool friends. The story has rhymes and has lots of opportunity for discussion.   There are various options within the app; children can have the book read to them, they can read it themselves and they can follow the word by word highlighting.  Each page contains some animations which come to life with a tap!

 

Tested on an iPad

What our team of testers said

"I enjoyed that story" - Boy aged 4

"I really liked seeing the starfish" - Girl aged 3

Skills Developed

  • Encourages reading and listening skills
  • Develops comprehension (with parental input)
  • Allows children to explore rhythm and rhyme
  • Develops vocabulary

What our experts think

We liked the content (and innocence) of the story and the way it used rhythm and rhyme. With parental input the app could be used to develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension. Children could also be encouraged to pick out rhymes and discuss their effect.

It would be even better if...

This app would be better if it included some comprehension questions for children to answer. We also felt it needed more animation in order to engage the children.

Features

  • Brands: Box Of Frogs Media
  • Key Features:
    • British English
    • Made in the UK
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
    5.1 or later
  • App Types: Interactive Books & eBooks
  • Types of skills developed: Comprehension
    English
    Listening and attention
    Literacy
    Speech, language and communication skills
    Vocabulary building

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