This is the third iPad to the Real World post (other posts can be found at http://wp.me/p2OomI-sq and http://wp.me/p2OomI-ry) where I take iPad apps that appeal to my daughter Beth and turn them into “real world” activities. The iPad does the priming by knocking out the expectation and process hurdles, so that Beth can work on fine motor skills and I can work with her to expand her language or teach her educational concepts. I cannot stress how much of a miracle it is to see Beth walk up to the task I have made based on the iPad app and just do it. There is no complaining and no running away, she just gets to work. Amazing.
So, this third iPad to “real world” activity is based on the Feed the Animals app (by Anshu Dhanuka, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feed-animals-kids-educational/id500097320?mt=8). Beth just loves this app, and here she is using the app on the iPad:
I made a “real world” feed the animals activity made from screen shots of the Feed the Animals app and a milk carton. Here are the instructions for making the activity:
1. Take screen shots of 4 animals (which includes the side bar with the food choices) from the Feed the Animals app. Here is how you can take a screen shot of anything on the iPad, and save it in your camera roll: http://thehowto.wikidot.com/print-ipad-screen
2. Print out the images. Either e-mail the pictures to your computer for printing if you don’t have a wireless printer or download an app, such as iCan-Print (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ican-print/id448566661?mt=8), to print the pictures from the iPad to your wireless printer. I had to increase the size of the pictures to 200% and use landscape mode on iCan-Print.
3. Cut the top off a clean half-gallon cardboard milk carton and turn it upside down. Trim and attach the print outs onto each side of the milk carton with double sided tape.
4. After putting pictures on all sides, cover the outside of the milk carton with clear contact paper (http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=16955&keyword=contact%20paper&scategoryid=0&Ca). Also, cut out and cover food choices with contact paper.
5. Cut out the mouths with an X-Acto knife (http://www.amazon.com/X-ACTO-Series-Knife-Cap-XZ3601/dp/B005KRSWM6/ref=pd_sbs_op_1).
6. Finished product….these hungry animals need to be fed!
There are many more pictures on the app, so I will be making more of these milk carton feed the animal activities. So far we have worked on the following concepts while feeding the animals:
- What does the animal eat?
- If we know an animal in real life, I say that animal also likes to eat that food too
- If she puts in the wrong food, I put my hand inside and have him spit out the food and say “yuck” or “he didn’t like that!”
- We work on color of the animals and foods
- What does the animal say?
- We talk about the monkey sitting in the tree, the mouse has big teeth, etc.