Three time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner‘s newest creation, an app called Spot, is an app for kids unlike any other. It’s neither a book nor a game but something more Wonderlandish — it’s a fanciful narrative full of creative possibilities. Discover worlds with worlds — dive into the spot on a cookie and discover ants at a picnic, zoom into a cursive letter and find yourself at a cat parade — each world is a story in itself.
The art is spectacular – but what else would you expect from Wisener?!
(And speaking of all things Wiesner, scroll to the bottom for a sweepstakes of BOOKS & a Spot TOTE!)
David Wiesner’s New App: Spot
Pinch, zoom in, and explore.
Five large worlds contain these smaller worlds. Prepare to be blown away with Wiesner’s creativity!
Lower Rügg, a tiny world beneath an armchair
Mekanikos, a world of robots
Oceana Prime, an underwater world
Katzaluna, a world of cats
An intergalactic space station
But there’s so much within each world — Spot is truly an imaginative playground for curious kids.
Learning with David Wiesner’s Spot App
Download the free educator’s guide here.
Example prompts in the educator’s guide include:
- Point of View. Instruct students to find the dog on the leash in cat world. Use this scene to discuss point of view. What’s the story here? How did a dog find his or her way into cat world? Is the dog plotting escape?
- Travel Brochure. Spot travel is a common theme throughout the app. Ask students to create a travel brochure for one of the five worlds. Include the main attractions in each world, reasons why tourists might want to visit, and a drawing that will entice people to visit.
Download the free parent’s guide here.
Example prompts in the parent’s guide:
- Sea Sandwiches. In the underwater world an alien is making a jellyfish sandwich. Ask your child to create a menu for Spot. What food is eaten in each world? Perhaps jellyfish sandwiches are eaten in underwater world, and nuts-and-bolts soup is served in robot world. What do these foods look like?
- New World. Have your child draw, sketch, or paint a world he or she would like to see added to the app. Ask your child why he or she made the choices that he or she did. Ask your child: Who might live in the world? Who might visit the world?
Spot in the App Store
Spot is $6.99 in the app store. It’s always hard for me to spend so much money on apps. But it’s such a stimulating game for the imagination, and there is a lot to explore! Here’s my daughter playing on the app — I think it helps to watch how the app works so you can get a sense of the worlds of wonder.
Three winners will win: 1 Spot tote bag, 1 Spot Notebook, and 3 David Wiesner’s books: Art and Max, Flotsam, and Mr. Wuffles.
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