One that tickles my funny bone.
One that appeals to my inner child.
One that is free and begs me to download it RIGHT NOW!
I came across one such technology yesterday and that app is called MouthOff.
MouthOff is for iPhones, iPads, or an iPod Touch. (However, in my humble opinion,it best to use on an iPhone because its size fits up to your mouth much better.)
What does it do? you ask?
Well, it is an app that has over 50 different types of mouths. Like these.
You select a mouth and then hold your iPhone up to your mouth. Then, you start talking. The mouth moves as you talk.
So how am I supposed to use that app with my grankids? you ask.
Lots of ways! Let me tell you.
Bedtime stories. When you’re tucking one of your your sweet little grandkids into bed, pull up one of the mouths (a nice one that won’t give your grandchild nightmares). Hold your phone in front of your mouth as you read her a bedtime story. She’ll watch your ‘mouth’ move and have a hoot as you read to her.
Nursery Rhymes. Tell your grandchildren nursery rhymes. Mary Had a Little Lamb will never be the same after you tell it with a zipper mouth! If you have a group of grandchildren, have them take turns saying nursery rhymes to each other with each one using a different mouth.
Joke-a-thon. Gather your grandchildren around and tell each other jokes. The sillier the joke and the sillier the mouth the sillier time you’ll have together.
Sing songs. Sing songs with your grandchildren. Camp songs. Children’s songs. Popular songs. Whatever. In fact the sillier the song, the sillier — and more fun — time you’ll have.
Reader’s theater. Make copies of children’s stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Assign your grandchildren different sections to read with each child using a different mouth. Perform it at a family get together.
Skits. Have your grandchildren make up a short skit where the content of their skit matches the mouth they use. For instance, if they use the pumpkin mouth, their skit has to be have a pumpkin in it. This is a great activity for a family camp out.
Regular conversation. Let’s say some of your grandkids are coming over for a Sunday afternoon visit. When they come, tell them that for the first 20 minutes, they have to select a mouth and use it — meaning that they have to hold their phone up to their mouth for the whole 20 minutes.
Let me show you what it looks like to use this app. Here’s the skeleton mouth.
How about these sweet lips?
How about these monster teeth?
These are just still shots. You really need to see the app in use. McDonald’s has a fun little video about their little fish bites. Catchy tune — and fun mouths!
Now there’s one teeny tiny little thing that I need to let you know about. This app is sound sensitive. That means the louder you speak the bigger the mouth gets! It’s great if you’re belting out songs at the top of your voice. However, you might not appreciate it if your grandkids yell all the time that they are using the app. You might want to figure out a way to manage the yelling.
There are lots of times that you could use this app as an activity: family reunions, birthday parties, Memorial Day gatherings, 4th of July picnics, Halloween parties, Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve parties, or any time you get together!
Can you think of other ways that you could use this app? If so, feel free to share them!
(NOTE: You can get MouthOff for free in the Mac App store.)