Interactive Children’s Book: Boats by Oceanhouse Media


App: Boats

Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Platform: iPad and iPhone (English)

Price: $1.99   Boats - Byron Barton - Oceanhouse Media

Category: Reading


Passion for Transportation + This App = Reading Success!

If your autistic child is fascinated with boats or transportation, this is the app for them!  Sometimes our special kids like to learn everything they can about one particular subject.  If this is your child, and his subject is transportation, use “Boats” to help him learn to read!

Animated Boats Come to Life

“Boats” is a new, interactive digital book which promotes reading in young children.  With the touch of a finger, they can move a variety of objects including row boats, fishing boats, ferry boats, and workers. Bright, animated graphics and realistic sounds attract kids to this app.


Boats is Educational

“Boats” is not only a game but also an educational application.  As professional narration of the story continues, highlighted words and phrases appear and at the bottom of the screen and when the pictures are touched, the words zoom up so that they become prominent.  This feature enhances picture / word association.  The background audio, animations, and movable objects entertain the children while the professional narration educates them.



Boats is Easy to Use

The Boats application is easy and fun for children to use.  Bright yellow arrows at the bottom of screen make the navigation simple and pages can be turned easily by a light touch of finger on these arrows. Touching any part of the screen generates some sort of response and thus easy to explore.



Interactive Features Captivate Kids

For instance, children can tap pictures to hear the name for various objects and apart from the narration, words also pop-up on the screen in a bright orange color.  Sounds related to objects can also be heard with a tap of the image, such as the rumble of a truck or the moo of a cow. Another feature of this application allows the user to drag different objects across the screen.



In short, the notable features of this application are:
★ Animations and movable objects on every page
★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
★ Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
★ Professional audio narration
★ Custom background audio for each scene
★ This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad


The background sounds and pop-up text associated with various objects will help kids recognize objects by their names and also teach them to read the text with the help of narration.  A digital book app like “Boats” offers kids a new and easy way of learning to read.

“Boats” is an app which is educational and entertaining for young children. It offers them the opportunity to learn picture / word association at an early age.  Best of all, this fun application is available at a special introductory price of just $0.99!

If you like this app, you may also be interested in Oceanhouse Media’s Five Little Monkeys Series, which we will be reviewing soon!  So, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Autism Plugged In to get the latest app reviews.

This review was written for Autism Plugged In by a guest author, Khurram, who has a background in software engineering and enjoys working as a freelance writer.  He has lots of interest in iPhone / iPad / Android / Windows apps and loves to review them.  Thanks Khurram!

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