Busy Me is another offering to help you in your noble quest to entertain and educate your child. Our previous app (Li’l Tracer) concentrated on ‘small muscle skills‘…or pen strokes. With modes to practice basic shapes, numbers 1-9 and letters of the alphabet.
(Well OK finger strokes would be a more accurate description, since we’re talking tablets here. But both apps are designed to supplement your traditional teaching materials…e.g. pen, paper, activity books…not replace them. So controlled fingers lead to controlled pens).
Busy Me continues the Li’l Tracer theme of hand eye coordination; with modes for coloring, tracing and connect-the-dots (aka dot-to-dot) activities.
Whilst there are other programs out there for coloring; most I’ve seen merely fill in shapes with a selected color when the child touches inside the border. Whilst this does give scope for creative use of color; it does nothing to help develop more controlled strokes. With Busy Me, (as with a regular coloring book), you encourage your child to focus on keeping their own strokes inside the lines.
Similarly with connect-the-dots, I’ve seen other programs out there. But most encourage your child to click on the dots in the correct sequence, then automagically draw the inter-connecting lines for them. Which again kinda misses the opportunity to nurture pen control. Busy Me again favors the traditional approach of drawing the lines for yourself.
The tracing mode also continues where Li’l Tracer’s shape mode left off. Instead of tracing one shape at a time, we now tackle everyday objects; which of course are built up of many shapes. Here the knack is to keep your strokes on the lines. Neatly tracing along the lines can be fun and a challenge; plus with repetition your child becomes practiced with drawing familiar objects. (See if you notice a difference next time they’re drawing free-hand with pen and paper).
As ever, you’re encouraged to take time out from your busy day to sit down with your child. Take time to praise, encourage and even ease frustration where necessary. Neatness takes practice as I’m sure you’ll remember; but the finished result is well worth the effort.
Here’s a few screen shots to give you an idea…
If you’d like to download a copy, please click here and head over to the AppStore. It’s certainly cheaper than the hard copy equivalent (and you won’t get pen marks on the sofa ;o)