From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words. Wordplay helps children make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds, and ideas. It is a way to inspire children to think critically and express creatively. Each Buttons & Figs podcast features some form of wordplay inspired by a book, song, or poem. Occasionally nonsense artists share writing and wordplay advice for children, but mainly listeners will hear original children’s wordplay writing and be invited to participate in a wordplay recording challenge. Children can listen to the podcasts for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or SoundCloud.
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.