It's time to get a little spook-tacular in your speech rooms! A few weeks ago I realized that I had 1 lonely Halloween app on my iPad. How can that be? So I went on a hunt to find some fun, fabulous, and festive Halloween apps to use in therapy for the next few weeks. Here is what I found!
(Please note that the prices listed are current for October 2013. The opinions of these apps are my own. I downloaded these apps with no compensation from the developers.)
This is a short, adorable story about a big, green monster. The story talks about the parts of this monster (eyes, hair, nose, teeth, face, etc) and how he's not so scary after all. It's great for emphasizing body parts and colors. I used this story last year in therapy, here is a link to the post! This app includes options to Read Along with Ed Emberley, Read Along With a Friend (child's voice), Read Myself, and my personal favorite... Sing Along! This app could be used year round, but the monster theme is fun during Halloween! You can download this app for $2.99 in the iTunes store.
This is a great interactive story app to use during the Halloween season. This story is about a square pumpkin who was aways teased for being different until one stormy night, when he saved the other pumpkins! This is a great story to discuss how everyone is different and that that's ok! This app also has a Read to Me or Read to Myself options. With the little ones, I like to read it myself... the recorded voice is a little creepy in my opinion! Here is a link to an activity I did with this story last year. Currently, this app sells for .99! (I believe they are having a sale right now)
This is another story app (can you tell I really enjoy stories on the iPad?!) This is a story about the vampires, ghosts, spiders, and other spooky creatures and how they get ready for their Halloween party. This is a cute story that is also interactive if you are not in the Autoplay mode. For a free app, this one is definitely worth the download. However, half way through the story an add pops up, so make sure you are reading along with your kiddos so they don't download anything unwanted. Download this app for free in the iTunes store!
This is a fun freebie that lets your kiddos be creative as they choose, carve and decorate their own pumpkin! Simple app but the kids love it. That's enough for me :)
So far, this app is in the lead as my students' favorite Halloween app! With this one, kids can choose a costume and go trick or treating! When you get to each house, you can knock or ring the doorbell. After that, that you are delivered a trick or a treat! When they are done, they get to sort through their candy bag, too. This has been a great one to use while talking about safety, manners, and what to expect when trick or treating. This app sells for .99 in the iTunes store.
In this app, you are standing in front of a Haunted House, knock on the door, and see which spooky Halloween character answers. This app did get boring to my kids pretty fast. However, it is good for vocabulary and predicting skills (have your kiddos listen carefully and see if they can guess who is behind the door.) The graphics in this app are very cute, too. You can download this app for $1.99 in the iTunes store.
This app is adorable! You and your students scroll through Millie's book of Tricks and Treats. On each page, ring the doorbell and find out if you get a trick or treat. If you get a trick, Millie (a dog) performs a trick. So far the favorite trick is Millie disco dancing! If you land on treat, Millie gets a treat. Each treat is bacon related! There is also a scratch off card and a hidden sticker on each page. You can download this app for .99 in the iTunes store.
This app allows your kids to create a Halloween scene with stickers! After he/she finishes, hit the play button and it comes to life. This app offers great language opportunities and will keep the kids engaged for a while. You can download this app for .99 in the iTunes store.
These are the apps I currently have on my iPad for the Halloween season! If you know of any other great apps, please share!