Like many kids, my boys love to play with my iPad. They watch educational shows, play games, and most recently, they read and listen to stories. One of their favorite reading adventures is Luca Lashes!
In our review of Luca Lashes, The Brown Eyed Boy with the Magic Eye Lashes, we discussed how this great series offers a wonderful interactive approach to learning. Kids are engaged and feel apart of the story as they learn all about Luca. This adorable boy has magic eye lashes that help him get through uncomfortable and new experiences. He is a character that kids can truly relate to which in turns helps them know they can make it through uneasy experiences as well!
We recently downloaded another story in this fun series, Luca Lashes Learns to Brush His Teeth. For only $2.99, my kids get to experience a fun story with a great message over and over again. Having boys ages 3 and 5 sometimes it is difficult to get them to brush their teeth and brush them well. This story offers a wonderful visual and auditory representation of the tooth brushing experience which, for some kids, can create some anxiety. By watching Luca Lashes get past his fears and brush his teeth with ease, kids learn they can do it too!
The story starts with Luca being afraid of his toothbrush. With the blink of his eye lashes, Luca gains the courage to brush his teeth. He shows readers how easy it is to put toothpaste on a toothbrush and then brush his teeth. He also shows the importance of brushing his tongue and flossing after he is done. At the end, we see how proud Luca is to be a “big boy” who can brush his teeth independently. He also stresses that brushing his teeth is good for his health. It’s a wonderful message that kids can understand through the words and actions of this adorable little boy!
4 Learning Features
1. Like the other Luca Lashes stories, this story is interactive. As kids touch different parts of the screen, objects will move or sounds can be heard that relate to the object touched. This allows for a truly multi-sensory approach to learning. It also allows kids to feel more engaged and involved in the story which, in turn, increases focus and comprehension.
2. In essence, Luca Lashes Learns to Brush His Teeth is a social story that teaches kids a valuable life lesson. Social stories are ways to help kids understand certain situations and provide steps to complete the task being discussed. Stories, like those told by Luca Lashes, are wonderful for helping children who have social issues and fears such as kids with developmental delays and social deficits.
3. At the end of the story, suggestions for parents are provided. Great tips are given about when to see a dentist, how long a child should brush their teeth, when to purchase a new toothbrush and more. Parents are also encouraged to visit the Luca Lashes website where kids can enjoy fun and educational activities related to the stories.
4. Like the other Luca Lashes stories, Luca Lashes Learns to Brush His Teeth is offered in English, Spanish, Italian and French. This allows kids of other languages to enjoy the stories as well as give kids a jump start at learning a new language. What a great multicultural experience!
At Mommy University, we encourage parents to engage in educational moments and activities with their kids every day. Luca Lashes Learns to Brush His Teeth is a wonderful way for parents to help kids develop skills in reading, comprehension and visual scanning as well as learning the life skill of brushing their teeth. It is also a great way to let kids play with your iPad while still learning!