My son is growing up in an environment where smartphones and apps are the norm, so I’m always looking for fun new ways to help educate him using those tools.
Recently, I came across a new app called Windy & Friends. This app was adapted from a popular series of children’s books written by Judith Steedman and Robin Mitchell Cranfield. The app explores the various seasons, individuality and friendships.
In the most recent appisode called Mild and Mellow’s Holiday Light, the theme of Christmas is at the forefront.
I love the quirkiness of the characters. It combines traditional crafting and stop-motion animation with interactive technology. It truly looks like the characters have come to life!
After each appisode there’s an opportunity for the child to do a craft or activity. As a result it encourages children to put down the electronic device and create real-world projects.
As my son played with the app, I found he was most interested in the active part vs the story, the parts where he could see results of his actions. He loved the scene where he could decorate the gingerbread cookie. He kept going back to that over and over again.
His next favourite scene was with the mice drinking from straws. He laughed and giggled!
The folks at Windy & Friends also have a cool advent calendar that they are showcasing throughout the month of December.
Windy & Friends offers a unique experience in online/digital storytelling. Be sure to check them out on the following social media networks:
Would your child love this type of app? You could win the following:
- 1 Windy e-card
- Christmas app bundle (including Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas)
Good luck and enjoy a #WindyHoliday!