Felt Board, by Software Smoothie, is an app that brings us back to much simpler times via a virtual felt board. Felt boards are a big part of any preschooler’s routine, when I taught this age-range, I was particularly fond of them. Have to admit, I wasn’t sure if I would like this concept in the new digital format. Turns out, this app is spectacular! Unlike traditional felt boards, this digital version offers many opportunities for customization due to its large selection of characters, props, and backgrounds. Every felt board “set” ever is included in one app! Having all conceivable options covered, this app excels at fostering creativity, promotes storytelling, and brings imaginative play back to the forefront as its main purpose. With all that going for it, Felt board is a must have for any iPad being used by the younger set. We have only one minor critique that deals with the toolbar – it is much too easy to accidentally add objects to your scene when you are just scrolling to see the various options.
Felt Board gives children amazing creative license with all of its easy to use features and enormous choices. You can adjust the size of people and objects by using two fingers, and when you put clothes on your character, the clothes automatically scale to fit! There’s also the option to bring previously selected objects to the front by simply tapping on them; the most recently tapped item is always brought forward. Want to start all over? Just give your iPad a shake and all the pieces disappear. If you leave the app everything you have been working on will remain when you re-open the felt Board. If you or your child really love the scene, you can take a picture of their creation, and the photo is stored and can be emailed. Great to share with Grandparents or other loved ones, can even be made into an e-card.
This app just got an update! Here’s what’s new: