My favorite part about teaching kindergarten is all of the holiday crafts! I love making time for my little ones to be creative, and I’ve learned a few app smashing tricks along the way that really take their creations to the next level.
As part of our Turkey Research Project, students not only learned all about turkeys, they also learned how to draw them. We worked through this adorable Turkey Directed Drawing from Proud to Be Primary’s blog and then they used watercolor paints to add some color. (Check out her blog post on it here)
Now for the techie part…. When their drawings were finished, students used ChatterPixKids to bring their turkeys to life! Students created an audio recording from the turkey point of view, sharing all the facts they learned
Here’s how it works:
Open the ChatterPix Kids app on your iPad (This is different from the regular ChatterPix one and a little more kid-friendly that the regular version). The basic version of this app is completely free, but there is the option to upgrade it so you can record more than 30-seconds of audio.
- Click on Camera and take a picture of your artwork.
- Draw a line where you want the mouth to go and use the microphone button to record up to 30 seconds of audio.
- Add stickers and filters to your creation (We skipped this step today because I wanted the colors of their watercolor art to show through)
- Save the design to your iPad and share!!
We uploaded our videos into the Seesaw app so we could share them with parents and peers. Then, I printed the QR code for each child’s post and glued it onto their artwork so parents could easily scan and view at home.
I hope you’ll get the chance to try out ChatterPix Kids in your classroom, even if it’s not with turkeys. Year after year, this is hands-down my students’ favorite app. It’s guaranteed to bring on alllll the giggles every. single. time. 🙂
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!