Wubbzy Christmas Story App Gets Kids Reading!
My 8-year-old was not a great napper as a toddler. By age 2, he had eliminated his nap altogether which was devastating for me as I was used to a two hour afternoon nap that I took along with his older sisters. So, instead, I let him watch PBS Kids for two hours of “downtime.”
Together, we logged in many, many hours of educational TV. Perhaps too many hours. One of our favorite shows was Wow Wow Wubbzy. I kid you not when I say that I’ve watched some of the episodes seven times or more.
My son liked the show and I think the high tech look and feel of the show was almost like a video game. I loved how kind Wow Wow Wubbzy and his friends were to each other.
When I found out there was an ebook based on The Night Before Christmas, I was curious. Would it be Wow Wow Wubbzy reading the classic poem or would it be Wubbzified? It did not disappoint.
This ebook Christmas story app has some great features:
- I always look for ebooks for young readers where the words light up as the narrator reads. I think this helps teach kids to read. I was thrilled that this app does this!
- Interactivity helps keep kids engaged which means they will play the app longer. I hate it when the app is a one time use. On every page, there is tappable animation doing things like turning lights off and on, and making Christmas lights sparkle. That’s fun and will keep kids coming back.
- The narrator sounds like a professional actor which I like.
- The poem is Wubbzy-fied making it recognizable and fun for young (and old) Wow Wow Wubbzy fans!
- There are games imbedded within the story.
I also like the Grown-Up’s corner that provides talking points to teach kids about poetry and how it can change the world!
Here’s one example:
“This story is based on a a famous poem. Do you like reading poems?”
Here’s an interesting article on Twas The Night Before Christmas including original poem and this factoid:
Though its author is disputed, with the poem being attributed to both Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston Jr. over the years, it was definitely first published on Dec. 23, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in upstate New York. from The Huffington Post
Interestingly, this poem … which has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American”, is largely responsible for some of the conceptions ofSanta Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. Prior to the poem, American ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors varied considerably. from Wikipedia
Can poems change the world? This one actually did!
This is a sponsored post. The opinions are all mine. I truly have watched hundreds of episodes of Wow Wow Wubbzy and can recognize the voice from 100 paces. And it is one of my favorite children’s shows because I truly think it models kind behavior towards peers.