Highlights is not a stranger to most parents. You can see their magazines in many places, like doctors’ waiting room or other kids places. Now Highlights are bringing their magazines to mobile devices so kids can have the fun on the go, no matter where you take them.
I recently had a chance to take a look at the Highlights All About series. It is a magazine-style book series designed for preschool to early elementary school kids. You can have the print books, or you can have the digital versions, which are apps for both Apple and Android devices.
The majority contents are the same between print version and app version, however, apps does provide more interactive features, so are more engaging. Each book also has some app only content that you won’t see on the print books.
Currently the series has 12 books: there is a book for each of the 4 seasons, and books of other interesting topics, like Transportation, Rain, Camping, Music and Dance.
Each book has 3 sections: Reading, Puzzles, and Activities.
Reading usually include 3 stories in the print book, and in the app, an additional bonus book. One story asks kids to fill in the blanks with provided words first, then read the whole story; one story is in audio book format, and one story has longer sentences, where kids can record their own reading. I like the different formats of the books that give the diversity of the reading. The audio option is obviously the advantage of apps, that the print books don’t have.
Games and puzzles also have a wide range of varieties. In addition to traditional jigsaw puzzles, kids may see a picture that asking them to identify anything that are in sets of 3, or another one need them to pick the location words to finish the sentences, or find anything that looks funny or odd on the picture. I like how they find ways to incorporate fundamental learning skills, like perception and sight words, into these fun game play.
Activities are the part that engage kids in physical movements. Kids will act out the described movement while reading the rhymes, or draw a picture based on provided clue. These are great for gross motor skills and imagination.
Overall Highlights All About series is a fun filled learning book series for kids. It incorporates many different activities besides reading and help kids develop important learning skills while having fun.
Highlights app is a free download with one book free. All other books can be added via In-App Purchase for $1.99 each. If you prefer print books, you can buy the books on Highlights website. You can also find other books and magazines from Highlights below from the link to Amazon.
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