How I Use It
More interactive digital storybook than game, Wee You-Things is best suited to be shared as a launching point for whole class or small group discussion/activity on what makes each of us different and special. Each page features a silly character with their own unique attribute, from getting scared at night to having two dads to a third eye. A short animation related to each attribute is activated by poking around the screen, while upbeat (but eventually monotonous) music plays in the background. I started by creating my own Wee You-Thing, which featured an easy to insert photo of my face into a selected outfit, and included my unique trait, “Mr. Deshais has hairy face”. After sharing the app whole class, I led a discussion on the value of diversity. We then transitioned to student’s drawing and writing about what makes them special or different, which made a great bulletin board!
At $2.99, it’s easy to shy away from an app with such limited use. At most, Wee You-Things will be brought out a few times per year (to start the school year, when new students arrive mid-year, and maybe if diversity related issues arise), but when I consider what I have paid for some picture books that are read even less frequently, three bucks isn’t bad! That said, while this app may serve as an engaging starting point for a lesson on diversity, it is just that, a starting point. After the three minute story is over, the app has no more to offer. However, make sure to check out “How It Works” in settings for some additional activity suggestions.