Today we continued our bunny projects with the beloved Beatrix Potter story Peter Rabbit! I am a bit of an Beatrix Potter nut. I have all the books and we have been reading some of them. I also have a really good version on video. So, of course, I went looking for Peter Rabbit apps! I found three in the short time that I went looking and we tried them all today! All were big hits! Not everyone got a chance to work with them yet but we had several children demo them on the big screen using the projector. I have a special cable that lets me show whatever is on my iPad using the projector. That makes it really easy to share with the students and I always have lots of volunteers who want to be the “demo guy”!
We watched the video first today. I had already read the story previously. Then we did an sequencing activity. I chose 12 pictures from the book, and the corresponding text. The children had to sequence the pictures, find the corresponding text, and then collate it altogether into a personal little Peter Rabbit book. We also made a paper bag puppet to go with the book.
Later we worked with the story again using the three iPad apps I found. One app allows you to either read the story yourself or have it read to you. It has neat little pop-ups on each page that the children enjoyed. It is called PopOutPeter!
There is also another Peter Rabbit app created by iActivecom that also reads the story. It has a neat addition in that each page can be made into a jigsaw puzzle. That was fun!
The last Peter Rabbit app is the one from the Official Peter Rabbit Site. It also tells the story. It has some neat features as well. There are some fun games and pictures to colour. I liked the coloring one where you could use the magic pencil that colored the picture the same as the book. The games are cute too. I suspect that all three apps will be popular picks.
I would find it really hard to choose between them. I like them all too!