Fireflies: Favorite Apps: Nighty Night!         

Feb 15, 2012

Favorite Apps: Nighty Night!

Last month I shared my favorite interactive book app, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Nighty Night! is equally delightful.   It is a dear app to experience with your toddler/preschooler at bedtime.

The narrator begins with, "Night falls. The moon is high. All the people are ready to sleep as they turn off the lights. But wait! Look at the farmhouse. There are still some lights on. The animals are sleepy, too. Do you want to turn off the lights?" A peaceful farm appears, where you can tap on any one of seven lit areas on the page. The next scene shows an animal still awake (with a light switch nearby). 

Children love touching the farm animals and activating their unique animations before finding and turning off the light switch.  Once the light is turned off, each of the seven animals closes their eyes, snuggles and dozes off to sleep.  (The lights cannot be turned back on and as a result, the story keeps moving towards bedtime - not playtime.)  There is no text, so you cannot "read" the book together.  You do have the option to turn off the narration, and children can make up a story using the animals as the main characters.

I'm a fan of Nighty, Night.  I love the paper-cutout illustrations.  I love the joy on my little one's face when he turns off the light "all by mine-self"! (What young child doesn't love to do something all by himself, like turning off lights?)  I love Nighty Night! because of the simplicity of the story.  Did I mention that I love this delightful bedtime experience?   
Deni Corbett

Nighty Night! is available at the iTunes Store
iPhone - .99     iPad - $1.99



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