Toontastic is Fantastic for Therapy
I find that many of my students have difficulty telling a story. I usually start with sequence cards. They start getting the idea of sequencing a story and understanding a story has a beginning, middle, and end. At this point they get bored with the sequence cards and still need work on being able to elaborate from that basic structure. I am always looking for ways to expand their experiences from the typical sequence cards and allow for more imagination and story plot development.
Just before winter break, I found an free app for my iPad that allowed students to develop story plots much like using puppets. They were able to make animated stories and the structure of the program encouraged them to construct a story with sequence and plot development. The best part was they could replay their creations and critique them. The program has built in flexibility allowing them to add their own drawings and speech. It also allowed them to add music and set a mood. I was impressed that it was child friendly and allowed for imagination to develop. This is a program that actually allows for imaginative play.
My daughter and I had a fun time trying the program out. The app came from toontube.launchpadtoys.com. I want to thank this company for providing a high quality program free. It runs with little interference from advertisement, although they would like you to purchase more characters and scenes.
Currently my employer has restrictions on purchasing apps for our iPads until they get the logistics worked out. This leaves me exploring the world of free apps. When this restriction is lifted, this app will be on my list for more characters and scenes.
Here is an example of my daughter’s creation..