Make A Snowman
- The app is available for free (at least for a limited time), and more importantly you get the whole shebang on the first download. It has become popular to offer apps for free with the caveat that in app purchases are required in order to access certain elements of it - this has plus sides, but can also be a slippery spending slope.
- You can choose your background from one of the sample snow-covered scenes, or from a picture in your photo library. This can be lots of fun if you get creative with it!
- The items resize with pinching gestures and can be moved around the page, making each snowman scene unique and also allowing opportunities for kids to: work on following directions; learn to control the scene by experimenting; play with sizes and locations while you incorporate the language models.
- There a 7 categories (body, eyes, nose, mouth, hats, arms, accessories) each of which contains many different options. Depending on your goals for the activity, you can easily breeze through the categories or spend time working on specific targets.
- The snowmen can emote! There are tons of different eyes, eyebrows, and mouths that can be combined to represent various emotional states. You can use this as a tool to work on pragmatics in many different ways.
*It is always good practice to play around with new apps before you use them in therapy. This app in particular is important to get a feel for ahead of time - at least it was for me. Once you move on to a new item, for example, the previous items cannot be grabbed and changed - it seems that they become part of the greater background scene at that point. I found this hard to get used to, and it took a few times of starting over before I could complete a snowman flawlessly. Also, I've had trouble with the app shutting down on me when I try to use the 'erase' feature. These things can be annoying, but once you familiarize yourself you'll find that they are easy to work around... or that this isn't the app for you.
Have fun and, as always, we would love to hear about what apps you love using for your winter activities!