Meet Ameka: New App Has Positive Message For Black Kids

amekaThere are many different apps that children can play with that are fun and educational such as apps that are put out by PBS and Nickelodeon. Now there is a new app on the block that is educational and inspirational for African-American children everywhere. It is a storybook game where there are a series of characters and adventures along the way. The main character is Ameka Love who is trying to get to Crystal Mountain. She brings kids on a colorful journey that teaches them about life and helps them to have a little fun along the way.

There are many different issues that come up while Ameka is running through the story that she is telling. Throughout the story children are asked to interact using a variety of skills. There are some issues that can be figured out using math, shapes, and colors and others that require the use of critical thinking and problem-solving. On her journey to Crystal Mountain the main character shows the children playing a lot of new experiences such as yoga and teaches them about chakras. It is not your typical children’s storybook game but it is fun for the kids and keeps their minds running the entire time.

The app features a lot of different interactive play scenes where children can tap on certain objects that they see. It also helps a child with vocabulary and reading as the story is written on the bottom of the screen. They have to read it in order to figure out what Ameka needs to do next to continue on with her journey. They have the ability to use skills that they may not have thought that they had in order to solve problems that may come along.

The main demographic for the game is younger children but the age ranges from 2 years old through 9 years old. It is a lot of fun for the younger children because of the shapes, colors, and sounds. The older kids will like it because they have control over the story and what happens when certain problems arise. One of the main goals of the game is to teach children empowerment to use their own minds to be able to figure things out.

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6 Responses to “Meet Ameka: New App Has Positive Message For Black Kids”

  1. Excellent! We can never have enough positive messages for our children especially those of color.

    We cannot count on the educational system to do this. It must start at home by exposing our children to positive Apps as well as books.

  2. hidaya says:

    thanks. will check it out.

  3. i was interested as I always try to give my kids quality experiences and positive images to nurture their growth.
    However, I steer clear of New Age teachings-chakras and crystals. Seems innocuous but it is not. Be alert to this parents, especially if you are raising your children according to Christian belief systems.

    • Selina says:

      Just fyi chakras are not new age, they are a part of us spiritually. The practice of healing chakras has been around longer than Christianity. God made the earth and all that dwells in and around it, chakras are a part of God’s own creation.

  4. Julie Taylor says:

    Hi,

    We are very much a Christian family with Christian values. I am a special needs teacher and have taught students with anxiety and depression and homeless youth. Any empowerment including teaching children of their awareness and energy levels and chakras help them understand their minds and bodies and give them the social skills and also teach the another form of spirituality and acceptance of differences. They then can decide for themselves how to live these values and make a positive difference in the world. Apps like this generate imagination and creative thinking and I do not believe are harmful at all. We need a more accepting world of these kinds of stories.

  5. Selina says:

    Can someone please tell me what is the App name, how can I find it, is it available on android? Every time I click the link for some reason it crashes my computer. I am very excited about this app and want to use it asap!

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