A few days ago I got a call from the school, and a sad little voice on the end of the line informed me that he had a “sick tummy” and would like to come home.
I headed over to the school, gathered up my sad little boy and took him home. I got him settled in my bed and let him watch his favorite shows for awhile, but I wanted to break up the zoning out and spend some time snuggling him.
It’s pretty tough to convince a sick kiddo to take a break from a TV marathon, am I right?
So I pulled out a stack of Little Hippo AR books.
These books (available at Walmart) connect with a free app that has intuitive augmented reality technology, which means kiddos get to interact with the book itself! The Big Bad Wolf jumps out of the book to huff and puff and blow the house down.
Little Red Riding Hood greets little readers and gets them excited for the story.
The Three Little Pigs need help painting the page.
We sat down together and snuggled into our blankets and read every book together. My TV- and video game-loving little boy could not get enough.
He was impressed…lots of “WOW” and excitement at the little surprises that popped up throughout the book.
I like the balance of “screen” and “read” time—there are more pages that are good old fashioned reading than there are pages with AR features. And I like how those AR pages are placed in each book—just when a reluctant reader might be getting fidgeting or losing interest, here comes another surprise!
Screen time doesn’t have to be solo and reading time doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’ve got an avid reader on your hands, they’ll love the Little Hippo AR books, but if you’d got a kiddo that hasn’t caught the reading bug, this is a great way to get them interested in sitting down for story time.
The Little Hippo AR books include some of your favorite fairy tales and even if your kids are familiar with these stories, they haven’t seen them like this!
Pick up a Little Hippo AR book today at Walmart for just $8.98 —they would make fantastic birthday gifts or go nicely tucked into an Easter basket.