Friday, October 12, 2012

Beginner's Bible IPad App

Recommendation: ***** (5-star)

From time to time I have reviewed book related products that I have found and enjoyed. While I am mostly  a fan of books and reading, there is nothing wrong with a little technology that enhances a child's interaction with a book - especially if it is the Bible! I hope you find this review helpful as you seek to find the proper place for technology in your home and family.

I have been a fan of The Beginner's Bible for many years. In fact, it was the first Bible my husband and I purchased for our children and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The pictures were vibrant and fun and the text told short Bible stories in simple language. In the new IPad app the style of the Bible is the same as the published version, but there are some fun new additions that your kids will enjoy. The story can be read or listened to and the illustrations are interactive. On one page you can make the butterfly fly or you can add fruit to the tree on another. You can help Noah get the elephant on the ark or turn the morning into night. There are also activities that go with each story. These include puzzles, coloring pages and a version of "Fruit Ninja" in the garden of Eden which was very fun to play!

Positives: A fun way to get your kids to interact with Scripture. I liked that they could email the completed coloring page when they were done. How fun to send a picture to grandma and grandpa or other family member who lives far away!

Negatives: None

Talking Points: I think this App is just a way to extend your Bible conversations with your Pre-Schooler. As they interact with the various stories you continue to talk about what the Bible teaches and point them to their Savior every step along the way.

Age Level: 2-5 years of age

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