Halloween is such a fun time of year. As a child, I loved the wonder of imagination with the variety of fictional monsters and beasts, the costumes, the seasonal décor, and of course the buckets of candy. As an adult, I love watching that same joy manifest itself in my son. His curiosity and excitement about all of the strange creatures, his brilliant costume idea (he’s going to be the Avengers – all of them at the same time), and his love of all things spooky have really exploded this year. These Top Five Halloween Apps have only augmented the seasonal excitement.Fun Educational Apps TOP 5 for ...
Room on the Broom – This app is a great game app meant for children aged 3-7. It can be played solo or in conjunction with the story written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Children play seven interactive games helping the good witch and her companions do a variety of tasks from drawing and spelling among the stars to feeding a dragon and finding hidden objects. It was a TOP PICK review last week.
The Scariest Halloween Story Ever! - This is an interactive book app perfect for the season. A young boy warns you off from the scariest story ever. Each page of this interactive masterpiece has really high quality graphics and some sort of engaging component. Readers answer questions, draw, make a mess, and play with bugs. Even the small details – like navigating the pages with candy corn, make this a Top Pick. If you make it through Candy Corn Man’s taunting, you’ll learn that Halloween really is all about the TRICK or treating! TOP PICK Review
Mask Jumble Halloween – This photo app is meant for younger children, but in my experience, is enjoyed by every age. While holding the iPad so that your face is in view, the app uses the camera functions to superimpose various costume elements over your face. Tapping on the components changes them from one character to the next. Once you’ve completed your new look, catch candy in your mouth to unlock the next mask. This app has unlimited possibilities and is perfect for keeping children busy.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – is a timeless classic that has been carefully turned into an interactive storybook app. Readers join their favorite characters in the tale of The Great Pumpkin. Before beginning, children can dress and design Charlie Brown’s costume and style. After creating the avatar, join Charlie Brown in the story. Slide each piece of the story aside as the tale comes to life. I love that this app becomes an interactive comic without really changing the story or illustrations of the original version. Having grown up with Charlie Brown, I love being able to share one of my favorites with my son.
coLAR Mix – This app is not meant to be just a Halloween app, but it’s got a great Halloween activity. coLAR deals in the world of augmented reality. It adds 3D elements to items in the real world. In this case, users print a free pumpkin coloring page, color it in, and then use the coLAR Mix app to bring it to life. Watch your own pumpkins come alive and dance around on your desktop. Be sure to check out some of the other activities you can do with this great app as well.
There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate fall. These five apps are my own personal Top Five Halloween Apps, at this point in time. I can’t wait to see what new apps are developed to celebrate such an imaginative day.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She's more than a little bit in love with Halloween and is eagerly awaiting the door to door extravaganza. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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