3 American Sign Language Apps for Children

I’ve covered many apps and technologies that help teach American Sign Language over the years.  However, a majority of these are geared towards teenagers and adults.  For the purpose of today’s blog, I wanted to shift my focus on three apps that teach and practice American Sign Language for children.

3 American Sign Language Apps for Children:

1. ASL with Care Bears:

ASL with Care Bears is a fun, colorful way for children to learn American Sign Language.  Children will learn common signs, popular phrases, the unique sign names of Care Bears and the ASL alphabet.

Features:

  • Teaches children (ages 6 and up) American Sign Language
  • Includes over 400 signs and phrases related to feelings, hobbies, family, friends, and more
  • Free to download with In-App Purchase:
    • The free bundle comes with:
      • Welcomes You – “Welcome to the world of Care Bears!  For the first time, American Sign Language is being taught with Care Bears.  This free bundle will introduce you to the main Care Bears and their favorite sayings.”
      • Meet the Care Bears – Teaches children how to sign the unique names of each Care Bear
    • In-App Purchase (one purchase for all bundles) teaches:
      • Popular phrases (e.g. “sharing is caring”) 
      • Colors
      • Shapes and textures
      • Feelings
      • Family-related signs
      • Daily wants and needs
      • And more

Click here to learn more about ASL with Care Bears.

2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy:

The popular Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is available as an interactive QBook in this app.  It is narrated by Doctor Who’s David Tennant, but also features video narration in three sign languages: New Zealand Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, and American Sign Language!

Features:

  • Interact with the popular story as it’s being told or signed
  • Paint Mode allows users to color the pages of the book
    • Paint Mode has a paint palette, brush width, move and zoom, and undo abilities
  • QBook includes narration, text, and user interface in this language
  • The My Narration function allows users to read and record the story by themselves and customize their book

Click here to learn more about this interactive storybook.

3. Signed Stories:

Signed Stories is an app featuring popular children’s stories performed in American Sign Language or British Sign Language.  The highly versatile app tells popular stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs, and so much more – all in sign language.

Features:

  • Signed Stories tells popular stories in ASL, and also includes fun learning games and a vocabulary builder
  • High-definition books for as little as 99 cents
  • All stories support Common Core State Standards and National Curriculum
  • Develop language skills with the video vocabulary builder
  • Optional captions/subtitles are customizable for children with dyslexia or other special needs

Click here to learn more about Signed Stories.