Toca Boca: Toca Kitchen Monsters
Note: Toca Kitchen Monsters is the free version of Toca Kitchen which has more characters and ingredients
I read quite a few blogs, and a lot of SLPs are talking about Toca Boca apps. The kids love them because they are fun but I love them because of all the language that can take place. Here is what PrAACtical AAC said:
- joint action routine practice- can take different roles & predictable sequences
- multiple choice making opportunities can choose characters as well as many aspects of the activity (foods, colors, hair accessories, spices, etc)
- modified social story experiences or as we like to call it personal participation story experiences allows learners to have various illnesses, cook on hot stoves, eat foods, change hair colors; these are experiences that often can not be experienced on demand.
- making abstract experiences more-concrete shows how things work that can not be seen typically during the experience (the stomach, tasting over spiced foods, etc)
- providing focused opportunities to talk about past events – allows you to photograph ‘creations’ for later discussion, writing,
- providing focused opportunities for commenting- the characters often give a specific photo comment as you take the picture (think paint my wings)
- providing low stress learning- (for both learner and adult facilitator) there are no in-app purchases, no timing to complete activities, no win/loss scores, and no negative error messages
Left picture: If you aren’t sure what to do with the food they’ll give you an idea..notice the monsters face – do you think he likes lemons?
Right picture: what happens if you feed it to them. YUCK!
Left picture: Cooking fun. What happens to the mystery blue vegetable when you microwave it? What about when you boil it?
Right picture: What happens to the mystery blue veggy when you fry it?
What I’m learning is that apps like this belong in my “TherAPPy Toy Box” and then they are gold!
I luv Drawing (Series).
The step by step app started with Animals, and now the series includes Santa (Christmas items – free app), People, Dinosaurs, and Monsters. Since drawing people has always been my biggest struggle I’ll use this one for the examples, but they all work the same*
There are 3 index pages of images to choose from as well as a horizontal and vertical blank pages.
The app show you which lines to draw in blue, when you go to the next step the previous lines turn dark grey. At the end the trace lines all disappear.
My only criticism of this app is that when using this app in a structured way for teaching, the number of steps varies per image, as well as the number of things/shapes to draw per step. There is no way to identify this except to go through each image. Therefore in a typical ABA program I likely wouldn’t recommend starting with this app when teaching step by step drawing. However for advanced drawers and in the classroom this is a great way to expand your drawing skills!
*Animals is slightly different than the other apps in the series:
- the trace lines are dashed.
- these pictures use more classic shapes but then require you to erase lines at the end. The later apps use shapes that don’t require erasing.
- Animals also has more detailed parts that are hard for even me to do accurately with the fine tip. Features are less detailed in the later apps