With technology becoming more commonly used among children, it is crucial to utilise different media platforms and mediums in a positive light to change the way children learn.
Although research clearly demonstrates that well-designed, age-appropriate, educational television can be beneficial to children of preschool age, studies on infants and toddlers suggest that these young children may better understand and learn from books and real-life experiences than they do from videos.
Storytelling and collaborative interaction are all powerful paradigms to promote learning in young kids. The Busy Izzy and Friends series offers a combination of these paradigms by providing a web based, multi-user, two and three dimensions virtual space where children can explore, play, and enjoy engaging activities.
The Busy Izzy and Friends series uses an ecological approach to emphasise the importance of using multiple contexts of learning. This comprises of multiple media elements, such as an illustrated book series, featuring, 'Rhythm and Rhyme'. Interactive music videos which explore all the hard copy material digitally, with added educational games to engage with young minds.
A good way to utilise the internet to help them learn is creating an interactive website, for example: www.busyizzy.com, with engaging content such as downloadable and printable games and colouring-in-pages which kids of all ages, can fill out and colour in e.g. colouring in pages, spot the difference, etc.
As books are the foundation to helping kids learn how to read, it is essential that the key messages used within them are educational. To keep kids entertained, other exciting elements that can be incorporated in books include imaginative stories which explore diverse themes and characters which children can relate and look up to, healthy recipes and songs with lyrics, featuring movement, which have a positive message and impact. - Roxanne Kiely
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Dedicated Area for Kids On the Busy Izzy and Friends Site.
Download and colour in.
https://busyizzy.com - Click on 'KIDS'
My favourite game when I was five years old was to play "spot the difference" https://busyizzy.com/pages/spot-the-difference
Click on the link above to download a PDF to print out and play "Spot the Difference". There are 10 differences between the two pictures of Izzy, Max and Steven, building a swing. Can you find them all?
We even have lots of healthy recipes for you to try at home. Busy Izzy loves to make healthy snacks for her friends when they visit Nix & Nax.
The Busy Izzy and Friends Show
Much-loved story books, come alive from page to stage.
Every venue and primary school in NSW, Australia, can now book The Busy Izzy and Friends SHOW!
This action-packed show is a fun-filled adventure. Come and join us and help Busy Izzy and her friends save their local animal shelter.
The show features up-beat songs, a number of which have won Awards, interactive dancing and singing.
ABC Alphabet Song - Busy Izzy and Friends
This little video clip about the Alphabet now has over 90,000 views on YouTube.
The song is about the alphabet. The first few lines are
It's about reading and writing and how exciting it is to learn the alphabet. Busy Izzy also has a "see, say and sign" segment in the video clip too. Please feel free to click and subscribe and sing along with the song.