Based on the hilarious book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and the series that developed after that, Disney has created the app entitled Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! The book by Mo Willems has been given recognition on the New York’s best seller list as well as landing a spot on the National Education Association’s “Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children” list; so it’s no surprise this is a great app. This app allows your child to be imaginative and fun through the use of creating stories. This app helps children to develop literacy, build on creative writing skills, as well as increase creative thinking. It is great for pre-school and elementary aged children.
There are two basic parts to this app: Creating a Story and Learning to Draw the Pigeon. The drawing section is pretty self explanatory, it allows your child to either free draw or follow basic verbal and visual steps to drawing the main character in the story: the pigeon. Kids are also able to save the drawings to iPhone’s or iPad’s camera roll.
The real fun can be found in the story making section. There are three levels when creating a story: Egg (easiest), Chick, and Big Pigeon (most advanced). The Egg picks a story line and basically plays it out for you on screen. There is an option to read along with the story or to hide the printed words at the bottom of the screen. For the other two levels the story opens up with the bus driver asking a number of questions; in the Chick level the driver gives three choices to choose from and in the Big Pigeon level the driver asks open ended questions. Once all the questions are answered, the story is read and the kid’s answers are plugged in to as part of the story. It’s fun to do over and over creating a unique story each time and hear your own voice in the storytelling. At the end of the story kids have the option to save the story to read again later.
This app allows for a lot of diversity and a great addition to your educational app library. Because it is user led, it can be used over and over producing different story lines each time. I love that it encourages imaginative thinking. Letting a kid be silly and creative at the same time.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App is available for iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is $5.99 on App Store.
If you like Mo Willems Pigeon series and this app, you may also want to check out the other pigeon app Pigeon Presents: Mo on the Go by Disney.
For a print book, you can find Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! on Amazon.
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Today’s app is reviewed by Daisy Simpson. Daisy is a proud mom to an active toddler and works part-time in a hospital where she utilizes technology in her work with helping kids cope in the medical setting. Her family loves being outdoors experiencing all Minnesota has to offer.