Summer is a time to teach and reinforce children’s water safety. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim is a book app that teaches kids safety rules around water. It is designed for kids aged 2 to 6. Through the story of Stewie the duck learning to swim, the app delivers three rules to ensure that young children stay safe around the water. The rules are repeated several times either as the story context, or as a song set to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”.
There are three ways to read the book:
Read to me: a narrator reads the book to the kids. The reader has to swipe to turn the page. There is no word highlight while it is read.
Read myself: the kids read the book by themselves.
Auto play: a narrator reads the book and the page will turn automatically.
A fun feature throughout the book is collecting hidden duckies on each page. Under the section EXTRA, there is a matching game. Every time the kids find a match, one of the three rules will be sung again. Under the section FOR PARENTS, there are useful water safety tips for parents. There is also a video of the parents telling their personal story losing their son, who died in a drowning accident.
It can be difficult to teach young kids water safety rules. This app is a perfect start for parents to talk about rules around water with young children. The content is easy to understand by young kids, and the rules are repeated several times in the app. Kids learn via repetition, so the more they play with the app, the better chance they will remember the rules.
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPAD, and it is free.
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