Price: $2.99 (as of 2/27/13, marked down to $0.99)
Felt Board by Software Smoothie is an app for your iPad that emulates a felt board. It’s marked down to $0.99 for a limited time, so get it now and save yourself some money.
The app allows you to choose the character, skin color, hair style and color, and features to put on the face. You can also select the costumes, props, and settings. The greatest thing about this app is that you never have to pick up and store all the little pieces!
Felt Board can be used by adults and children alike: adults can use it as a teaching aid, as a resource for telling stories, or just for fun, while kids can use it for creative play.
The wide variety of characters, backgrounds, accessories, pets, clothing, facial features, and other objects help encourage imaginative play and creativity. The interface is very intuitive, so even really young children can play without explanation. The selection, dragging, placing, and pinching objects for proper placement helps develop hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills.
For an added bonus, the numbers, letters, and shapes can be used to help teach.
The app includes characters, animals, and settings you can use to accompany songs and rhymes like Old MacDonald, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and more.
There are no ads, no in-app purchases, and no links to social media, which is refreshing. The app also offers an on/off feature for the camera function, so parents and educators can let kids play without having their Camera Roll filled up with felt board images.
Felt Board was updated to Version 1.2.1 on October 28, 2012. The update made bug fixes. The app has a total of 37 customer ratings with an average of 4.5 out of five stars. Feedback comments are positive.
I downloaded this app to try it out and my four year old daughter immediately asked me what it was, watched me play for a minute, then took over my iPad in order to play with it. I give it two thumbs up.
Rebecca, a former police officer, is an experienced writer and editor. She has used all kinds of different tech and prefers Apple products and apps. Her areas of expertise are in all things Apple, health and fitness, the Paleo lifestyle, and legal topics.