My kids love, love, love books and stories, but just like other kids in this electronic age, they love, love, love their games and apps as well! We regulate their electronics time and try to find apps that we feel are beneficial. The Nativity Story Popup Deluxe Edition is perfect, especially during Christmas time! It is for ages 2-8, and my little guy does not have his own device, but we occasionally let him use my iPhone or his dad's iPad, especially if we need to keep him busy during a car trip or some event!
This interactive app tells a story of Joseph and Mary trying to find a place to stay in Bethlehem. The story is told in rhyme with adorable pop-up style illustrations. It is available for the iPad, or you can get the mini-version for the iPhone (which is the one I reviewed). You may choose the English, Spanish, or French version of the story on the app, and the child may choose to read the story himself or to have it read to him. Each "page" of the story has interactive features such as word balloons to press to hear the characters speak, or characters that can move.
While the pop-up story is not a literal telling of the Christmas story, the Christmas story from the Book of Luke is also included in the app. One thing I appreciated was that the pop-up story only includes the shepherds coming to see Baby Jesus at the first Christmas, not the wise men - since the wise men actually came sometime during the next two years.
I showed the app to my eight-year-old son and said, "I need to write a review on this app, so I need you to tell me what you think." On the first page, he said, "I like it!" He loved the interactive features all the way through the story. I highly recommend this app for anyone whose 2-8 year-old child might have an opportunity to use it during the Christmas season!
One note: We did have an issue where towards the end of the story, the narrator's voice and the interactive elements stopped working, and just the music continued to play. I deleted and reloaded the app on my iPhone, and it seems to be working fine. If this problem continues, I will contact the writers of the app and I will report about it on this blog. It only happened once, and I am assuming it was just a glitch that has been resolved.
Download The Nativity Story App For the iPad ($3.99)
The Nativity Story - Popup DELUXE Edition https://itunes.apple.com/app/id579941573
For the iPhone ($1.99)
The Nativity Story - Popup MINI Edition https://itunes.apple.com/app/id681638132
About The Nativity Story
Great for kids 2-10
The Nativity Story App: http://puddletap.com/apps/miracles/nativity/
Watch a video on The Nativity Story App: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtBhge8DWFA
Download The Nativity Story fact sheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7p2cmw6uh1yyq9o/nativity_story_app_info_english.pdf
Disclaimer: I received a free download of this app for the purpose of a fair review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.