Reviewed by Mary

Felt BoardFelt board is an iPad only app from Software Smoothie, a member of Moms With Apps. I always wanted a ”Fuzzy Felt” set as a kid, and this feels just like having a whole toy chest full of felt board play sets without all the little pieces to lose!
The app is very easy to use, you just click on a drawer to see what is in it, touch the item to select it and drag it into place – even very young children can use the app easily. First you choose a background – there are over 20 to choose from -varying from plain colored felt to more elaborate choices such as a beach, moonscape or a ship’s deck. Then you can choose people to add to your scene- they come in a variety of skin tones including purple!! You can personalize the people by adding different facial features, expressions, hairstyles and colors. Then the fun really begins as you can choose from a huge wardrobe of clothes and costumes to dress them in. When you are happy with the people, you can use  glue to stick down their various layers so you can move them around without parts becoming dislodged. As well as people, there is a whole menagerie of animals to play with, from butterflies to fish, dogs, cats and unicorns. There is also a variety of plants and trees, plus a whole host of specialized accessories for making  e.g. a pirate treasure map, a farmyard or a moonscape. You can finish off your creation using letters, numbers and shapes in a variety of colors. The felt pieces can be resized and moved around until you are satisfied with your masterpiece, and then you can take a picture of it. Any pieces you pick up accidentally or don’t want,  just go in the recycling bin. Shaking the iPad will clear the screen when you are finished. It is a great app but there are a couple of things I would like to change. The scroll bar is a little narrow, and my daughter kept accidentally picking up items she didn’t want when trying to scroll down, so I’d like that to be easier to use for small fingers. I would also like a button to clear the screen instead of shaking the iPad. This app doesn’t feel Hi-Tec at all, and therein lies it’s beauty – its very open ended, creative play where kids (and adults!) can just use their imagination. I can see all sorts of uses for this app -it is great  for fine motor practice, imaginary play, as a stimulus speech practice and for storytelling, but above all it is fun and creative.
Overall, I think is a great app, a very simple idea and very well done. It is one of those apps I can see my children coming back to play with again and again. Highly recommended.
Update :Sept 2012: This app has just been updated so you tap rather than drag to select items, this makes it easier for little fingers to get the item they want and not accidentally select others.
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Felt Board
Felt Board
by Software Smoothie

Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878, iPadMini5-iPadMini5, iPadMini5Cellular-iPadMini5Cellular, iPadAir3-iPadAir3, iPadAir3Cellular-iPadAir3Cellular
Size: 640.43 MB


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