Locust Grove Tech Tidbits

By Denise O'Brien, LMS/STC

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

I thought with Christmas right around the corner, I would fill this Tech Tidbit with some Christmas theme "tech" books, apps and websites that might be fun integrations to use these next 2 weeks before Christmas break!



From the Locust Grove Website, check out TumbleBooks.....They have a Holiday Playlist with so great Christmas books including......

Olivie the Other Reindeer, Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Chanukah Noel and Sammy Spider's First Shabbat!

EPIC Books!

Like TumbleBooks, Epic books has a GREAT selection of Christmas stories both fiction and non-fiction! If you haven't checked out EPIC books (available on both desktop & app format) it's an amazing collection of digital books for students across grade levels! What's best is that it's FREE for Educators!

Big Universe

Big Universe has a great collection of Christmas stores - both fiction and non-fiction, Religious and non-religious.

Best Books as Apps

Here are a few classic stories re-told as interactive iPad apps! Besides making great center activities, the apps also have great activities and educational games packed inside!

The Nutcracker and the Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese

Review: This game is one of the most sophisticated and extensive collections of minigames for children that I've seen. The app includes an original Christmas story that bundles a load of activities for your kids to enjoy. Instead of just having one type of activity, this app has all kinds: dress up, cake decoration, playing with tin soldiers, and driving a train. This app is definitely worth purchasing if you are looking for an all-in-one Christmas activities app for the kids

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This app is for Dr. Seuss fans that just want a virtual version of the modern classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It comes with a voice-over narration, so your kids can be guided through by themselves. If you don't like the voice of the provided narrator, you get the option to record your own narration. The downside of this app is it doesn't come with any other activities or features. It is just an audiobook, but still quite entertaining to the kids.

Snow ball Fight - Elf on the Shelf!

Another handful of Christmas celebrities loved by children are the scout elves from the Elf on the Shelf franchise. Santa says that the elves love playing games at the North Pole. Snowball Fight happens to be a favorite amongst them. Your kids will love throwing snowballs at their elf friends and dodging the ones that are thrown at them. With Christmas Magic to replenish your health and the ability to equip power-ups, the kids will be entertained for hours.

Santa's World Free: An Educational Christmas Game for Kids and Elves

Help Santa and his elves make toys in the workshop, learn the Alphabet, choose ornaments for the tree and even pack the toys for the sleigh ride! Santa's World is the perfect app for kids ready to celebrate the holidays!

Kids Connect the Dots XMas

Kids genuinely love join-the-dots puzzles and this app taps into that appetite by presenting a series of puzzles that each consist of the challenge of connecting numbers and letters in sequence. When children succeed in connecting all of the dots, the outline is delightfully transformed into a colorful graphic. It might be a tree, a snow globe or a gingerbread man. Preschoolers are surprised and filled with wonder to see the creatures and objects they have created "come to life".
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A Snowman Maker FREE

“Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul, with a corn pop pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal.” Make your own Frosty with endless Christmas and Winter scenes. Choose from 4 backgrounds and select various snowman body shapes in multi-colors like pink, blue and yellow.

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies!

Ring in the holiday spirit and make gingerbread cookies! Add ingredients, roll out the dough, watch them bake in the oven, choose from SO MANY decorations, then eat and share your cookie!

Scholastic Christmas!

Celebrate the Winter Holiday's with a whole plethora of Christmas and Holiday resources and activities from Scholastic - including a teacher guides, printables and online interactives.