Join the gang for a fun day, in Wubbzy’s Race Car, the newest interactive book in the Wubbzy series by Cupcake Digital. The app has all the features that we love so much in this series, familiar and relatable characters, fun and cheerful graphics, and highlighted text as it is being read. The story is long enough to help improve a preschooler’s attention, but short enough to keep their full attention to sequence the story in detail. All the Wubbzy stories teach kids about social interactions and friendly behaviors. Sound effects, music, and narration can be turned on or off in the options setting, and in the story itself, narration can be turned off if you choose to read to your students or have them read to you. Improving sight reading and vocabulary is integrated into the app by the ability to tap on a specific word. For struggling readers that is a plus, as it aids in the uninterrupted flow when reading a story. If you are trying to motor plan navigating the story (using your pointer to proceed to the next page), hitting all the hotspots, and listening to the text, that is a lot of goings on to attend to in an app AND know what is happening in the story. How many times, have we all read a story, and our kids say “I don’t know” when asked about the just revealed content or storyline? If someone does that, we need to explore what is happening in their world that blocks that understanding or access. AND it could be a thousand different things, but we all need to start somewhere…with a hypothesis and then rule it out and move on in order to help our kids.
The story is about the big car race in Wuzzleburg at the Monticello Motor Club. Wubbzy is excited to be included. But, EGADS! His race car is wrecked. Thank goodness, Widget comes to the rescue, by building the Ultimate Car for Wubbzy! There are many hotspots on each page, and they are identified with glittering stars. It is so nice to add this interactive component to the story as it lets you know when to take action. I do wish that the app would prod you to go to the next page, as several times the page just went in repeat mode with the hotspots, so you did not know if you were done with a page and could proceed to the next page or not. Well, to continue with the story, our friend Wubbzy meets all sorts of obstacles, and finally, conquers them to win the race! Way to go Webster! After all that, there are two ways to extend play or use activities to motivate kids to read the story, as a promise reinforcer or as a “First…then” demand.
10 painting pictures can be found in the activities….10 race car games also accompany the app. Painting pictures is clean fun. All colors stay within the boundaries for a winning picture! You can zoom in or out to add detail as you may like. Add stickers, paint, crayons or a variety of art media to complete your picture. The ten race car games are a challenge. Here Visual Motor Integration is challenged and comes to fruition. In the app, you must use a steering wheel to successfully navigate a track and try to run into all the stars on the track for added points. It is so great for coordinating vision and movement, and is a good precursor for reading and writing fluently by visually crossing midline consistently. Cupcake always does their homework, and always makes an app engaging, fun, and educational. I came in last so many times in playing….and the kids? Well, let’s just say “See you in May in Indy!”
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.