Who doesn’t like ice cream, rockets, and monsters? Put those three items into an interactive story book app and you have a guaranteed winner! What’s even nicer is that app creator and author, Erik Raj (who also happens to be an awesomely creative SLP), has offered to give not one – but two codes for this new app for me to give away to a lucky reader. I’ll get to the contest in just a minute…right now, let me review the app for you.
Ice Cream Monsters is a great interactive story book with a valuable lesson. The graphics are engaging and interactive. For instance, the ice cream “monsters” change characteristics with a touch. In addition, there are little things that move (rocket, swing, kite) on nearly every page.
The moral of the story is fabulous. The story itself has to do with accepting differences and working together. The story itself is not geared just for SLPs, it’s a great story for all children to learn; however, I can see where the app would be great for teaching a younger class about accepting other students who may be physically or cognitively different.
In addition to the obvious moral of the story the app will lend itself to a speech therapy session as well. The app has the potential for being great for language therapy targeting following directions, basic concepts, and descriptors (just to name a few). I can see myself using the story in articulation therapy as well for my 2nd and 3rd grade students who are reading and working on carry-over activities.
All in all…this story book app is a winner. It’s fun, engaging, interactive, and should be a great hit for the kids. At the current price of $1.99 it’s a win for everyone! Here’s the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ice-cream-monsters/id529529120?mt=8
Now…for the contest. Here are the contest rules:
1) Go to Erik’s site at http://www.erikxraj.com/ to see what else Erik is working on…I’m excited about it and can’t wait to see it. Then, come back here…
2) Leave me a comment telling me the name of Erik’s next app.
3) In your comment tell me how you would use either the new app or Ice Cream Planets.
That’s it… I will use a random number generator to choose the two winners and announce them here (and on twitter)…The winners will be announced on Friday 6/29/2012. You will want to check back here so I can tell you who won and get contact information from you. Oh!! I’ll screen comments too so that it’s fair.
I hope you all enjoy the app! I look forward to seeing more of Erik’s work. He has some incredible ideas…and if you haven’t already, be sure to click on the “blog” link on his site and follow it. He is easily one of the most creative SLPs I’ve had the pleasure to know.
Now…go…play…and win the contest. Be sure to check back here frequently though. I will be having a new contest for Smarty-Ears new Adjective Remix in just a few days. You won’t want to miss the chance to win!!!