Is anyone out there like me where before Kiggster was born, I swore I wouldn't use my phone, TV, or computer as a form of distraction for my daughter to "behave?" Wel, then she came along and all prior judgments of parents who used technology at restaurant outings and car rides disappeared because somehow I became one of them! I couldn't get her to sit still at the restaurant and we couldn't get to our 6 hour destination any earlier than 13 hours. However, I still like to be selective about what apps I expose her to. Some of you may remember when I previously did a book review of Manners Are Free, well, I was fortunate to be able to also do a review of the Manners Are Free app and just fell in love!
I already liked the book so the app wasn't going to be much far off from that since it was the book in electronic format but I was looking forward to seeing the special features that the app offered. Since I don't have an iPad or an iPhone, I installed it on my parent's iPad so that Kiggster could have an age appropriate app to play on when she visited! The first time Kiggster played on the app, she couldn't stop giggling at her Po-Po (my mom) reading the book to her on the Let Me Read option. It was the first time my mom had read to her since they don't have any children's books at their place and so the app was a very inexpensive and space saving way to "store" a children's book in their home! Plus, it was cute that the book was about a Nana teaching her granddaughter all about manners and here my mom is reading the book to Kiggster! Don't they look like they're enjoying themselves?!
Then I turned on the Paint Me option and it's neat, it turns that selected text page into a black and white page. Then you can change the paintbrush color and size, kind of like the Paint application on our computers. Once you're done with your masterpiece, you can even clear it and start over or save it. There is even a Puzzle Me option for the pictured pages, which is cool too and would be great for older kids. Kiggster also likes the Puzzle Me option because she can move all the puzzle pieces around and if she uses two fingers, they even rotate, but she's not able to actually put the puzzle together yet at 22 months. My mom and I actually liked the Puzzle Me option…it even claps for you when you complete the puzzle! Then, once you're finished or even while you're working on the puzzle, you can have all the pieces re-shuffled.
Finally, you even have a Read To Me option to have the book read to you by a very pleasant voice! It doesn't read too fast or slow and you can even have it start reading on any page you choose within the book. Ok, so the video below is not he best quality and I couldn't do any editing on it because I lost my video camera during our move and the video was taken with my camera and the format wasn't compatible with my video editing program. Excuse all the background noise and the fact that you couldn't see the full iPad in the screen! But you can hear the readers voice in the beginning of the video. Then in 0:18, you can see the Paint Me option with me changing colors and brush sizes and clearing out the screen when I was done. In 0:55, I started the Puzzle Me option but I didn't finish the puzzle for you to hear the clapping-Kiggster wouldn't allow for that to happen! Hope it still gives you guys a sense of what the app is like!
The Manners Are Free app can be purchased through iTunes by doing the search Manners-Are-Free (make sure to type it in with the hyphens) and can be used on the iPad and iPhone. It is only $1.99 for all those features and is a great supplement to the book!
Author, Mary Beth, has generously offered Kangaroo Mama fans a chance to win free copies of her book along with an Amazon gift card! The giveaway will be going live on Monday, September 17th and will end on September 30th as part of the Keeping Kids Creative Event Giveaway prize package. Can't wait for the giveaway? The Manners Are Free book can be purchased directly from Author House, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles. Prices vary between all three sites but it is $9.95 currently on Author House, $11.95 on Amazon (Super Saver Shipping applies), and $10.95 on Barnes and Nobles.
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