Does anyone really outgrow their love for knights, castles and dragons? All my boys are grown, and they all still have weak spots for a good game about medieval times and battles. Sticker Play – Knights, Dragons and Castles, by Sebastian Bachorzewski/Jump App is a whole lotta fun and will entertain children everywhere as well as sneaking in some important play skills. Jump App is well known for putting out quality apps that are open ended and stir creativity and imagination, and Sticker Play is one of my new favorites. With all the pressures in education today, we tend to be goal oriented or data were driven, and it is refreshing to see apps such as this that push the boundaries to think outside the box. Taking time to experiment and play helps kids test out new ways to problem solve, practice language and social skills. As we all know, lessons that are fun are lessons that stick, i.e. project-based learning techniques. If planning a PBL on medieval times or myths and legends, I would certainly consider using this app to plan out play visually, especially for costumes and sequence of events.
On opening, there is a map of the kingdom, with 5 different scenes in which to play. A tutorial of how to manipulate the stickers is tucked inside the secured information section along with the settings for parents to review. There are over 100 stickers to choose from to set up your battle or castle scenes. Stickers can be mirrored, sized, and turned at an angle. Being able to foresee or experiment with size, orientation, and composition improves a child’s visual perceptual skills as well as their ability to make sense of how the composite parts of a piece relate to its composition as a whole. Say you resize a dog…making him the size that is in proper relation to the people on scene…that tells one story. BUT, enlarge that same dog to a much bigger size, and now you have a werewolf at the castle, and that completely changes the story. This app just facilitates your imagination, and there are endless possibilities. There is also an auditory component when using a sticker that adds to the fun factor as every sticker has a sound when tapped. Background sound is calming environmental sounds, and if overwhelming, can be turned off in the parent’s section. The possibilities of adding your own play sounds and dialogs are endless, and I am certain Speech Pathologists will be clamoring to get their hands on this app.
The scenes are beautifully drawn out and without visual clutter, so the child can add or delete possible pictures or scenarios at will. I like how the child is in control and can monitor how things are set. Too many times, we want to edit and give an adult view to a child’s creative spirit, but this app promotes free thinking and free play – if we allow it to happen. And that promotes a child who can imagine things and can make things a possibility. From the variety and absolutely stellar quality of the graphics to the opportunities for interactive and creative fun, this app will have playing and staying power.
-Hey, and race you to the top of the tower!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.