*Disclosure: I received a free download of this app in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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As I look forward to being a first-time grandmother this summer, I’m excited about all the new toys, gizmos, and gadgets that exist now that didn’t when my kids were babies.
This week, I tested out something I think today’s young children (and eventually my own grandbaby!) will love – the What Makes You Giggle? app from Put Me in the Story.
The app is for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and features all of kids’ favorite characters from Sesame Street – including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and of course – Elmo! After quickly signing up for a Put Me in the Story account, you can record your child’s name and take your child’s picture (or use one from your phone’s photo library, if you want this to be a surprise) in order to personalize the story.
When you’re ready, the story can be automatically read to you, or you can just swipe to turn the pages and choose to read the book yourself at your own pace. You can also share elements of the book with others via email or social media.
I had my 7yo son Eli test this out with me, and he thought it was fun to see himself right in the story, and hear me saying his name across the pages of the book. Though the What Makes You Giggle? app is meant for children 5 years and younger, Eli giggled plenty, and I appreciated the thoughtful questions at the end of the story that helped encourage comprehension and discussion.