Based on a true story of childhood optimism, Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is the super-fun interactive story about a 4-year-old girl’s drawing and her heartwarming plan to save her dad from his daily commute.
** Proud to be one of USA Today’s 10 TOP KIDS APPS of 2014! **
** FEATURED as one of the BEST NEW APPS in the App Store! ** (Thanks Apple!)
USA Today (4/4 Stars) : “This app showcases some of the most elegant interactions ever placed inside of a kids’ book app.”
Common Sense Media (5/5 Stars) : “Kalley’s excitement about her cool machine is contagious.”
148 Apps (4.5/5 Stars) : “I am so very impressed with the wonderful and witty machines ... as well as the overall quality of this app.”
The iMums (5/5 Stars) : “A beautiful and brilliant storybook app unlike any I have ever seen.”
AWARDS & HONORS ----------------------------
* USA Today’s 10 TOP KIDS APPS of 2014
* Kirkus’ BEST BOOK APPS of 2014
* 2014 Cybils AWARD WINNER
* Common Sense Media's Best Book Apps for Kids
* TechWithKids BEST PICK APP
* THE KIRKUS STAR - Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit
* mFWA Mobile of the Day - for Interactive Experience
When Kalley shows her dad her drawing for a new machine, he is baffled by the confusing collection of hammers, gears, fire, smoke and conveyors. As Kalley explains each part of her invention, the drawing comes to life even as its overall purpose becomes less and less clear to her dad. It is only when Kalley explains the machine’s final component that her master plan to keep her dad from commuting is revealed.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY ---------
So, there really is a ‘Kalley’. She really drew a machine. Her dad couldn’t build it. So they made an app out of it instead. Full story at kalleysmachine.com.
► PLAY WITH MACHINES!
Kalley’s Machine was crafted with interactivity as the first priority. Satisfyingly touchable controls put kids in charge of each twist and smash of the machine. Controls come in a wide machiney variety:
With the machine, kids can:
● Smash Stuff
● Inflate Stuff
● Shrink Stuff
● Burn Stuff (or lightly toast it)
● Paint Stuff
● Grab Stuff
● Drop Stuff
● Mold Stuff Into Shapes
● Do A Few Other Things Including...
► MESS WITH CATS!
Kalley’s Machine is a story based on a 4 year-old girl’s drawing. As such, it includes cats. They are completely irrelevant to the story. However, they are way fun to harass.
Tease them. Scare them. Puzzle them. Adore them. We think you’ll love the cats.
► GET YOUR READ ON!
Cuz it’s a story, right? Of course, you can read the story the old-fashioned way. But, to aid new readers, we’ve also included two helpful interactive story features:
● Read-to-Me, narrated by Kalley and her dad with highlighted words.
● Touch-to-Read, where words are spoken when they are touched.
► TRY TO LEARN!
Honestly, we designed this story to be fun. But if you're not careful, you might actually learn something too!
The interactive medium offers kids great chances to explore some basic concepts which are both safer and less messy than their real-world alternatives. Creative parents may recognize the opportunity to discuss:
● Subtractive Color Mixing
● Pressure/Temperature Relationships
● Gear Ratios
● Air Pressure/Vacuums
● How Overcooking Can Burn Stuff
► KEEP KIDS SAFE!
We have made this app super-safe for kids by having:
● No Ads
● No In-App-Purchases
● Parental Gates in Our Parents Section
We've added helpful prompts to make sure young explorers find all the dials, levers, switches, sliders and buttons on every page! We kind of liked letting kids discover that stuff on their own. But then we realized some kids were missing some of the fun. And that isn't cool. So we pointed out the fun stuff.
We've also made a bunch of little improvements. You probably won't notice. But . . . well . . . we did. So we made things better.
Ratings and Reviews
Great interactive book interesting for Maker Ed
I generally don’t take the time to review apps . .but this one got me really excited. I am an education professor and also an Apple Distinguished Educator and i only heard about this App when it was free for a day. its an interactive book that has appropriate reading strategies. I just spent about 30 minutes using it with my 4 year old nephew. He played it again and again and liked each of the machines. One thing that I thought was cool, he kept asking why the “marshmallows” reset on each screen. Auntie I made it small, why is it big again? it lead to a good discussion on how programmers make each page work.. (His daddy is a computer engineer).
The reading level is appropriate and it gives good feedback and allows each word to be spoken. The only bit of suggestion for improvement I would include would be to have something interactive on the last page or the the end page. My nephew was a little disappointed that everything was just “over” . .but he went back and started the book again.. (Maybe an interactive hug) ..
So who would be interested.. I think this is really appropriate for maker education as well.. i could see using it as an intro to a lesson on designing machines.
We still LOVE this app!!!
There is a reason this app is still getting featured by Apple.
Our kids are older now, but this story still has a place in our hearts. And we have friends with young kids who crack up at the cats and love playing with the machines. It's cool to see them enjoying it too.
Please allow parents to disable swipe
My toddler likes this game, but she finds it very frustrating that when she is just touching the screen to make something move, over half the time she swipes to another page. Since this app is premised on kids touching the screen, please at least allow parents to disable the swipe feature.
- RocketWagon, LLC
- 55.3 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014 RocketWagon, LLC. All Rights Reserved
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.