Sesame Workshop, as in, the folks at Sesame Street, want to up the quality of children’s apps, and have freely released a guide aimed at doing just that. They’ve compiled everything they’ve learned about making apps for preschoolers, and released the Sesame’s Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development.
The guide is filled with useful information from people who have spent the last few years observing how children use apps — like the fact that they rest their hands on the lower corners, making that a poor space for hotspots; or that they have trouble with some gestures, like pinching.
I’ve got to say, it’s pretty awesome that Sesame Workshop have compiled studies, talked to experts, and observed small children to put this together — and then released the whole thing free online. Here’s hoping it leads to better apps for children, especially one where they won’t bankrupt you with in-app purchases.