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The Little Bug

The Little Bug



In a world where grasshoppers make music, bees produce honey, and spiders spin webs, a little caterpillar seeks to find out what makes him special.
The Bottom Line
Use this fabulous interactive garden to introduce young children to the wonders of the insect world and science.

The Setup

In The Little Bug, kids join a little blue caterpillar on its adventure around the garden to discover what makes him special. In awe of what his neighbors can do, including the grasshopper rubbing its legs and wings together to create music and an ant digging maze-like tunnels, the little blue bug inches his way around the backyard to learn more from his neighbors.

How to Play This Interactive Science App

In each of the 28 pages, The Little Bug book app shows kids a small blue caterpillar slowly walking through a garden setting. As he meets the other inhabitants of the garden, the Little Bug marvels at all the wondrous things his neighbors can do.

Players join in on the adventure by interacting with the inhabitants of the garden and all of the plants. Kids create a symphony of sound by tapping the grasshoppers and the surrounding flowers. With the honeybee, kids select empty honeycombs so the bee can deposit its honey. The Katydid is so good at camouflage that the reader must hunt among the leaves to find a hidden bug. Kids will also learn what is special about a fly, a snail, a dragonfly, an ant, a firefly, and a spider.

When the little caterpillar meets a spider, the arachnid encourages the Little Bug to try to see if he too can spin a web. The story ends when the Little Bug emerges out of the cocoon he spun and discovers why he too is special.

Why This App is Exceptional

Each page of The Little Bug book app overflows with creativity. Its inviting art style, created by layering hand-painted watercolor textures, produces depth and vibrancy. Watching the darling caterpillar slowly inchworm his way across the page makes kids feel as if they too are in the garden. By having the main character celebrate each insect's unique abilities, such as the fly's superb sight, an ant's tunneling ability, a snail's skill to create slime, and the firefly's knack for lighting up the night, players can't help but to join in the admiration.

The app makes good use of touch, tilt, and slide mechanisms (to create a spider web) to invite kids to interact with the insects; and in doing so it makes the learning feel personal. One page even has players using a magnifying glass to find hidden camouflaged insects. And the app has dozens of interactive hotspots, so kids are likely to find something new each time they explore the app.
The language is perfect for young children, and features a bonus of having nature words bolded so as to encourage tapping to hear the words spoken again. The talented narrator and the accompanying musical score are also brilliant. This app is the whole package! The Little Bug is the result of Jaclyn Littman's thesis project in Graphic Design MFA program at the Maryland Institute's College of Art, and we can't wait to see what this talented developer will do next.

Best For

The Little Bug is a perfect introduction to bugs for preschoolers, kindergartners, and early elementary schoolers. Families will have a great time exploring it together, including creating bug music and flying a dragonfly like a helicopter. Teachers will appreciate that downloadable activity worksheets can be found on the publisher's website.

This The Little Bug book app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.

All tech products are judged on a five star scale by looking at the following factors: fun, education, ease of use, value, and technical.

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The Little Bug
Released: 7/20/2014
Company: Jaclyn Littman
Price: 2.99
Platforms: iPad
iPod Touch
Available: Apple App Store

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