Aunt Maggie’s Recipe ($2.99 by Inclusive Technologies) is described as an app where you can “Brew your own potion with Aunty Maggie. First choose a character then ingredients to add to the cauldron to see what effect your potion has! Small targets and multiple choices make this activity suitable those wanting to practice touch accuracy or learn to make choices. Also with switch access.” Here is a video demoing the app:
The app is pretty basic as it is limited to just picking a potion, adding it to the cauldron, and having your character drink it. But, there are so many things you can do with this app.
- Work on pronouns! There are two girls and two boys. So you can target he,she, his,him, her, etc…
- Following directions. First put in the blue potion then put in the red potion or Before you put in the green potion put in the yellow.
- Use it as a token board. Have your student put one drop of each color in and when they have completed their work they are then allowed to have their character drink the potion. That makes it rewarding!
- Learning cause and effect. Have your student explore the app and see what happens when they tap each potion and then tap the cup.
- Color discrimination. Lots of possibilities here!
- Teaching scanning to students using AAC. A bluetooth accessible switch interface would be needed, you can find these at RJ Cooper’s or AbleNet’s websites.
- Predicting. Will it turn into a blue monster or a green monster?
So there are 7 quick and easy ways to Appdapt this App to use in therapy. Those are all examples of ways to just use the app but that can get boring, so I with a the help of some screen shots I turned the app into a board game (pictured below). The rules are up to you! The way I play goes like this : The kids in the app become the character pieces you move across the board and the basic goal is the get all five potions first. You do this by moving around the game board and placing a chip/penny on one of the colors you landed on. The first to get all five gets to have their character drink for the cauldron. The student then will pick the monster card that matches the monster they turned into. Whoever gets the most monsters wins! Pretty simple and straight forward but you can add or subtract from those rules, they are up to you.
Click on the links below to make your game board today! (They are *.pdf files created with Smarty Ear’s Custom Boards)
1) Character Pieces-auntmaggies_children
2) Game Board-auntmaggies_gameboard
3) Potion Strip- auntmaggies_potions
4) Monster Cards-auntmaggies_monsters
Have Fun and Enjoy! Please post some comments below if you like what you see and want more