The Snow Island Paper Theatre series presents the learner with amusing and engaging scenes and characters designed to appear like a two-dimensional paper theatre production. Learners interact with each scene (and with special features of the mobile device such as tilt) by manipulating the objects on the stage which prompt new animations and narratives designed to focus on different educational skills and learning processes.
The fun and fluid nature of Snow Island applications fosters the development of creative thinking skills while nurturing the young learner’s ability to identify, select and use information (such as combinations of sounds, images, and/or written language) to solve problems. Snow Island apps are further designed with tips and suggestions for parents to maximize the learning possibilities included in each scene.
Teacher, Instructional Designer and mom
Snow Island Preschool Educational Applications aim to help prepare young learners with skills in early literacy, numeracy, hand/eye coordination and creative expression. Through a variety of activities, learners are encouraged to make connections among sounds, letters, words, colours, pictures and meaning.
Your child is the puppeteer! Their goal is to help Captain Snow find words to represent each letter in the alphabet. Words will magically appear as certain objects are clicked on in each scene and the corresponding letter will be highlighted at the bottom of the stage. Try to find all the letters of the alphabet!
Stuck? Try clicking on one of the letters at the bottom of the screen. Letter clues and pictures of the objects you are looking for will help you get back on track.
• Make Captain Snow dance, swim or jump up and down by dragging him to different areas on the stage.
• Change the weather by dragging the clouds around. What happens when you drag a cloud over the sun?
• Find the hidden key to open the treasure chest.
• Make music under the sea.
• Meet some different creatures that live under the sea. What can you make them do?
Additional learning activities for you and your child to do while playing this game can be found by clicking on the parent icon
on the right side of the stage. These activities focus on different skills such as such as spatial relations, relational concepts, counting and colours.
Encourage your child to describe what they see in the picture by using prepositional phrases such as:
• The whale is in the water.
• The whale is beside the ship.
• The pirate is on the ship.
• The treasure chest is below the tree.
Have your child follow your instructions. Then ask them to describe what happens.
• Drag the pirate into the water. What do you see?
• Drag the cloud over the sun. What is the weather like now?
• Click on the sun. What time of day is it? How do you know?
Ask your child to look around each scene to find:
• Which is bigger – the ship or the whale?
• Which is taller – the tree or the umbrella?
• Which fish is smaller than all of the rest?
• Which fish is different than all of the rest?
Play “I spy with my little eye” to find certain objects in each scene.
• I spy with my little eye, something that is yellow. Once your child finds the object you were thinking of, switch roles.
Ask your child questions that encourage them to count items that are similar on the screen. For example:
• Can you find four things that are blue?
• How many clouds are in the sky?