I tweeted about this a couple of days ago (Don’t follow me, yet? Please do! @terrieichholz), but I was so excited that I tweeted an uncolored page. Knowing today would be Phun Phriday, I decided to spend last night making a more presentable page for blog purposes. I wanted to get a sample from one of my students, but they haven’t had time, what with all of their bumping into walls and doing victory dances this week.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of entertaining yourself with the colAR app, yet, I strongly urge you to download it right away. It is available on both mobile platforms for free. The free version allows you to augment certain coloring pages, and there is an in-app purchase of $2.99 to unlock the rest of the pages. However, the new pumpkin page is free. Just make sure, if you already have the app, that you have the most updated version.
If you haven’t used colAR with your students before, I highly recommend you have them color a page first, and then surprise them with the augmented reality version. If you do it in the reverse order they may, like me, rush through their coloring just to get to the digital fun.
Drew Minock and Brad Waid over at Two Guys and Some iPads have used colAR to inspire creative writing with their students. Once the students see their pumpkins dancing around, I’m sure the kids could come up with some unique stories!
There are a lot of pumpkins on the sheet, so you might have kids work on the sheets in groups – each coloring their own pumpkin. For older kids, you could have them design the pumpkins to represent mystery historical characters or different artists and/or art styles. In a modification of this idea that I just saw on Not Just Child’s Play (which she attributes to Ian Byrd), you could have them decorate the pumpkins from the perspective of different book characters.
I know many of you don’t celebrate Halloween, but be sure to check out some of the other pages offered by colAR. The novelty will definitely “hook” your students, spark their imaginations, and motivate them to think creatively.