4 Apps For the 4th of July Fireworks!

Fireworks Lab by Cowly Owl is a sure-fire winner for little creators. Gameplay is straightforward and easy to use. On opening the screen the app displays a number of place markers for making a safe firework display, and by tapping on a drop pin, the fun begins! Kids are then transitioned to a screen displaying 4 different firework styles to design. Designing these adorable animated little fellows makes it friendly and fun. Kids feed these fired-up chaps both color and an overlay design. There are 4 designs and 5 placeholders, and this encourages sustained attention to get to the end. Finally, all that hard work at the fireworks factory has paid off and it’s show time! There is no greater joy than watching a child create something and observing their interaction. This little game is highly addictive, whimsical and just plain fun. There are no IAPs or ads.

Fireworks Tap by Jesse Potter is a delightful app for early learners. Just by tapping the screen little ones set off a series of fun animated fireworks complete with real sound effects. The benefits? For kids just learning to point and isolate their index fingers, Fireworks Tap provides them plenty of practice to hone this skill. The emergence of a child being able to point is a blessing for many parents. When children begin to point, they are establishing communicative intent, and that often leads to decreased frustration. In addition, children with auditory sensitivities’ can often habituate through play and control in the app when the sound comes. By familiarizing themselves with the unexpected and surprising sounds, it may help them remain calm during the real festivities. There are no IAPs or ads in this app – which makes it a winner in my book!

Real Fireworks Artwork 4-in-1 HD 2012 – Play Awesome Light Show, Enjoy Fun Visualizer… by INNOVATTY is an older app, but one that is a standard in many therapist’s toolboxes. It’s easy to use, the graphics are professionally rendered, and it comes with a cool firework drawing pad and the ability to save pictures to share with grandma and grandpa. What makes this app rock is the settings panel. There are many options to this little app, from auto play for improving visual attention to artist mode where kids draw their own displays. Every detail of input can be tweaked or monitored. Tips for use – buy the full version, so you don’t get ads interrupting play, stay close as there are links to social media and additional apps that I have not been able to turn off. Once in-app, however; kids are not usually drawn to the bottom of the screen to toggle these settings.

Wee Sing America by Wee Sing is the perfect way to gear kids up for the 4th of July. Some of my fondest memories of the 4th of July are singing some of these old tunes and watching my sons waving their flags and sparklers high in the air.  Most of the songs are traditional standards, simple to learn, and are ripe for movement and play ideas. There is nothing like the feeling of marching or running around the yard with a good ol’ patriotic song to provide you with pride and a sense of home. The playlist is quite extensive with songs from all over the nation and during various points of history. There are 52 selections including songs and quotes from some of our founding fathers and others that shaped our nation such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. In addition, some of the selections lend themselves to a variety of play schemes that extend past the holidays. Paint a cardboard ship adorn it with a pillowcase sail and sing a hearty Anchors Aweigh or Erie Canal or pretend you’re riding horses across the plains in Git Along Little Doggies or a family favorite Sweet Betsy from Pike.  Shucking corn or preparing the table is much more fun with a song or two at a family BBQ.

Music always adds an element of fun that teaches kids the ability to sequence words in a smooth coordinated manner. For many kids using a melody helps them learn how to initiate familiar expressions that they can begin to generalize to conversation. All songs are sung by kids which make it more attractive and relative to young kids. Music is always a hit and more playful with Bluebee!

Extension Activities:

  • Paint Fireworks using a straw to blow paint around on paper. This helps build oral motor skills and is really fun
  • Dance pretending you are fireworks – randomly setting off or Learn to March to Patriotic Standards
  • Learn about why Independence Day is so important and how different countries celebrate their Day of Independence
  • Fun to use with Bluebee Pals

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