Jump App, long known for putting loads of fun into creative apps, has released Recycling Workshop just in time for summer arts and crafts projects. In a preschool setting, many of our manipulatives are constructed out of familiar household objects. By using recyclables, Jump sends a subtle but powerful message that making something useful out of materials we have on hand is possible. Adding Recycling Workshop to your app play will set you up for teaching the concept of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle into your curriculum, and with that said… ”Let’s get busy and make something!
Kids instinctively seem to know how to use the toolbar to adjust the pieces. Buttons for resizing, orientation, and making things bigger and smaller are included. The possibilities of teaching about spatial concepts and how things fit together are done on a direct experimental level and help kids assimilate these concepts into something that is tangible and real. I love this kind of app for teaching about body awareness and schematics too. But the best part? When you tap to set the eyes or nose on a piece, the glue “sticks” rather than running down the side of your project and the piece falling off. No tears of frustration here.
Now it’s time to add your own personalization with the draw tools. You can then change the background or place your recyclable creature on a pre-existing picture from your camera roll. And there you have it – look, it’s on the right! I am naming it – “Happy Cow in the Meadow”. Now save, and add to your data collection portfolio. Here you can view such things as organization and color sense.
I love this app for its inherent cheerfulness, and its open invitation to kids to create and experiment. Variability in outcomes ensures its replay value, and as with all apps, learning is linked to both teacher/student interactions and cues to direct individual experience. Printing pictures of a creation, then having kids trying to replicate it, is a natural extension of using this app. Playing is a wonderful way of helping some kids build their confidence in learning to sequence and construct something before transitioning to typical arts and crafts, or toys.
So get happy, and start creating with Recycling Workshop!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that "her kids" grow up to be healthy independent learners.