What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wee You-Things is an interactive book designed to celebrate differences, encourage empathy, and develop confidence in kids. Though the controls are easy for preschoolers to navigate on their own, Wee You-Things strives to encourage questions and discussions, so it would be most beneficial if parents and kids explored it together. Kids may have questions about some of the differences, like why Claire has no hair or why Brad has two dads, which are opportunities for parents to model and teach acceptance.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy the whimsical, sometimes silly, characters and enjoy interacting with the illustrations. The ability to personalize your character adds to the engagement factor.
The rhyming words reinforce phonics and reading, and the story teaches kids self-respect and respect for differences. Kids are empowered to create their own character, which pulls them into the story and personalizes learning.
A detailed help section explains how to interact with the book, though the controls are intuitive. The last page of the How It Works section includes questions to guide parents in extending learning.
What's it about?
In this interactive rhyming book, kids meet a variety of characters who all have something that makes them unique. Some of these "you-things" can be seen -- like Bea's glasses and Lamar's scar. Some are silly -- like Grace being from outer space or Ruth's purple tooth. Some help kids see their own uniqueness or appreciate differences in others. Brad has two dads, and Dot gets scared a lot. The message is clear: "No one in the world is the same," and "without 'you-things' we'd be boring and plain."
Is it any good?
The fun drawings in WEE YOU-THINGS will amuse kids and introduce them to differences without making them feel uncomfortable. The various "you-things" displayed show kids differences in appearance, differences in lifestyle, and more -- all things that make each individual special. Kids put themselves in the story by creating their own character, choosing an outfit, and taking their picture with the device's camera or choosing a drawn face; they then get to name their "you-thing" and join the parade celebrating differences. The story is short but powerful. Kids may not play with it for long, but the take-away is worthwhile.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Don't miss the extension questions hidden in the parent section. To access, tap and hold the heart at the top of the screen, go to the How It Works, and swipe to the last page.
Help kids build empathy by making connections between the characters and your kid, yourself, or loved ones.