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Felt Board 1.1 [text]

App description: Felt Board for the iPad is inspired by actual felt boards used by children, teachers and storytellers worldwide. Create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings and props for hours of magical make believe play. And because it is an app, the pieces will never get lost.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/felt-board/id492342753?mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3

Total reviews: 10

Developer: Mindy D.

Michelle W.

What I liked I liked the instructions and found them to be useful in playing the app. I liked all the different selections for children to make their own picture into a story. My children both played it and my 7 year old liked dressing up the girls with all sorts of dresses and accessories with different back rounds and flowers.

Improvements My 5 year old didn't understand how to clear the items off the screen, and kept trying to get rid of the item and ended up with a jumbled mess. My 7 year old said that it took awhile for her to get rid of unwanted items. I would like to see a button or arrow to go back to the home screen or beginning of the app, to start a new picture. Also, when trying to delete multiple items in a stack it would be nice to be able to select the whole thing. I tried to use glue and then drag to the bin, but it didn't work.

General review I played this app with my 5 and 7 year old, we really liked the app. My kids and I played for quite awhile making different pictures and had fun making up stories to go along with the pictures about the people, animals, buildings, weather and plants. We had fun using our imaginations.

Courtney D.

What I liked I love that this app looks like a felt board. I love the ability to glue pieces together so that the entire human product can be moved as one. I love that this app has letters, both uppercase and lowercase, numbers, and objects. I believe that allows for the user to work on following directions, spatial concepts, math, etc. I like that the user can increase/decrease the size of the object being put on the felt board. I like that the user can change the background depending on the scene they want to create. I like that there is a wide variety of attributes that can be added to the characters.

Improvements I wish there was a way to save the pictures that need to be completed. That is the hard part with this app being used in the educational setting. A lot of my students want to continue working on their board, but can't because I have to erase it to use with other students. I wish there was a way to glue other objects together in addition to the humans. The scrolling can be a bit difficult and extra pieces can be accidentally chosen. That could be frustrating for those with limited fine motor skills.

General review An app that can be used in an educational setting, but that provides fun and entertainment cannot be beat! This app can be used for spatial concepts, following directions, math, letter recognition, describing attributes, etc. It is very affordable and provides a lot of bang for the buck! I wish more objects could be glued together and that there was a way to save pictures that needed to be completed. I would recommend this app for use in class!

Fides C.

What I liked I love that there are so many pieces included in the Felt Board, which means lots and lots of different scenes and stories for the kids to create. It is very easy to use. The graphics and colors are beautiful and easy on the eyes. I also love that you can glue pieces together.

Improvements The eyes, nose, and mouth all come attached together. I think kids would find it more fun if they could pick these pieces individually. I would also like to see vehicles, preferably with the wheels unattached so they can mix and match. More clothes and costumes for the characters.

General review This is one of the best apps I have come across. It is excellent not only because it stimulates children's imaginations, but also encourages the art of visual and oral storytelling. I would highly recommend it to anyone who works with children - parents, teachers, and therapists.

Caitlin O.

What I liked This is an adorable app. I love all of the options for backgrounds, people, articles of clothing, letters, numbers, etc. The directions are easy to read, but I was able to figure it out without them which is a definite plus. I really like how there is a recycling can instead of a trash can to help the kids relate that to recycling.

Improvements I would like to see other body shapes in addition to the paper doll type shapes that are already there. Having the option to just flip an object instead of having two of it facing different directions may be a way to save some space so that you can add even more options.

General review This is an adorable felt board like app with tons of options. You can build a variety of different scenes and make people wearing all sorts of outfits and having a variety of emotions. There are animals, plants, numbers, and letters that you can add to your picture. This would be great for younger children and older special education children.

Amy M.

What I liked I love the colorful "felt" textures. The app has a nice variety of character pieces and props. I can envision using this app during my speech-language sessions to work on describing, identifying items that are described, giving and following directions, and turn-taking.

Improvements When you are scrolling down to look at the felt pieces, it's too easy to accidentally select pieces. For the faces and costume pieces, it requires some precision to place them in exactly the right spots on the characters- it might be nice to have the pieces "lock on" to the people when you have them close to the right spot.

General review I am excited to have a new scene-making app in my repertoire. It looks like it will be an engaging way to work on expressive and receptive language. My four year old also enjoyed it. Keep in mind that some kids may need help scrolling through the felt pieces, as it is easy to accidentally select pieces (but it's also easy enough to throw away the pieces that you don't want).

Samantha M.

What I liked I loved the variety of scenes/backgrounds that children can work with to create their stories. I also liked the diversity in the characters that can be dressed, played with, etc. Also there are many more categories in this app compare to other scene making apps.

Improvements I wish the options/menu were displayed along the bottom of the screen rather than on the left side of the screen. If it were on the bottom, it would be easier to see. Since it is on the side, some of the scene gets cut off. Also, I wish that there was an easier way to erase the whole screen rather than taking each item off at a time.

General review This is a great app and unlike any other of its kind. I love the app as both a parent and a teacher. My son (2) was able to easily make scenes to tell stories. I was also able to re-create scenes from stories to retell to my students. This is a great app and makes a great alternative to a traditional felt board.

Louise C.

What I liked I like that once a piece is set on top of the other (e.g. boots on the girl) they all move together, yet you can still move them when directly selected unless you "glue" them. Clever design! The general look and feel is nice, very much like a real felt board.

Improvements I wish you could put pieces you decided not to use back in the side tray, versus the recycle bin in the corner. This may be confusing for some children. Also, it's a little difficult to scroll in the side tray - when I intended to scroll I kept accidentally selecting items and getting frustrated when multiples piled on the board.

General review This is a very fun app for kids of a variety of ages; I would definitely use this in my speech therapy sessions. It may be a little hard for kids with less developed motor systems to navigate and control, but overall is pretty easy to use. I would love to see more "themes" e.g. common stories (Jack and the Beanstalk etc)

Bethany P.

What I liked This is likely to inspire creative play. This would be good for teaching vocabulary such as turnip, wheelchair, compass, or silo. It is nice that the camera can be turned off. The directions are nice. The pictures are colorful and playful. They look like real felt.

Improvements When I scroll down to choose pieces, sometimes I accidentally grab a picture that I don't intend to grab--maybe if the picture frame was slightly wider this wouldn't happen so easily.
Perhaps the math symbols could be expanded to greater than/less than.

General review This brings back memories of my kindergarten when felt boards were used. This is open ended enough that children can play/create a lot of scenes. I love that a person can glue the body pieces where he/she wants them. I would like to see a few more props like a firefighter's hose. This is a nice application.

Janet K.

What I liked Overall, I found this to be a very useful app for me. My students enjoyed playing it. It can be used cooperatively so the format really works for my therapy style. I often use felt and magnet boards in therapy. It's a great way to work on receptive/expressive language skills, choice making, articultation, sequencing, narrative - the possibilities are endless! As a speech therapist who works between multiple buildings and homes I am often carrying in multiple bags/carts full of therapy materials. This app is so convenient for me! It literally will replace several bulky items for me.

Improvements Continue to add more choices! I would even be interested in theme based in-app purchases as I often have monthly themes for therapy. Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and popular short stories would also be nice additional themes.

It was sometimes difficult to scroll through the choices without accidentally picking one. This may be frustrating for some children.

General review Overall I found this to be a very useful app for me. My students enjoyed playing it. It can be used cooperatively in therapy. It's a great way to work on receptive/expressive language skills, choice making, articultation, sequencing, narrative - the possibilities are endless! As a speech therapist who works between multiple buildings and homes I am often carry multiple bulky items. This app could potentially could replace many.

Kimberly H.

What I liked Clear, simple graphics are nice. The ability to 'glue down' creations helps to reduce frustration from accidental bumps by younger hands. Nice to see that there is some attempt at 'diversity' in the people. Good variety of 'stickers' to choose from.

Improvements It wasn't exactly clear that I could scroll through pages of options when choosing 'stickers', so I missed out on some things initially. I also found that I would 'accidentally' put stickers on a picture while scrolling quite frequently, and would imagine the same problem will happen with younger children.

General review Great app for developing narrative language skills: kids can construct a picture and then tell a story about it. Also see uses in the classroom, with the teacher using the app to help illustrate a story or demonstrate concepts. Would like to see some technical concerns (such as accidental placements) cleared up to make this more seamless to use.