By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Storytelling is an essential language skill. Storytelling not only allows children to convey information about themselves, but it also encourages creativity and imagination. Below are some great apps that are engaging, fun and promote building storytelling skills.
Rory’s Story Cubes
Developer: The Creativity Hub Ltd.
Available on: iPad, iPhone and Android devices
Description: Rory’s Story Cubes is the app version of the story-telling dice game, Rory’s Story Cubes. This app consists of 9 dice with 6 pictures on each dice. Shake your device to shuffle the dice and see where they land! Once the dice have settled, you can rearrange the dice to tell a story from the pictures.
Speech and Language Use: This app is great because it promotes creative storytelling while providing visual cues through the use of the story dice. Your child can tell the story by him/herself or you can take turns picking a dice to put in order to tell the story. With 54 different pictures, the options for story telling are virtually endless. As an extension activity you can save a picture of the story dice and have your child draw his/her own picture to go with the story!
Draw and Tell
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Available on: iPad, iPhone
Description: Draw and Tell is a creative and interactive story and picture/video creating app! Choose between a blank canvas or premade pictures. Once you have created the scene, it’s time to record! Move around the pictures on your canvas and record your voice to tell the story. This app allows for endless scene/story combinations and creativity!
Speech and Language Use: The multitude of backgrounds, stickers and drawing tools allows for many opportunities to use language. Begin by talking about the setting of the story and choose the appropriate background. Scroll through the stickers to choose the characters and then brainstorm the story line. Once your child has set the scene, it’s time to record the script. This app promotes sequencing, vocabulary development and creativity!
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