Lula's Brew


Developed by:Jacob Rhodes


Ages 6-8

This beautifully illustrated app tells a vibrant story of an adorable witch, Lula, who has no desire to do witch-like activities, but would rather study cookbooks and mix ingredients.  We love this app because of the vibrant illustrations that support a thoughtful story about finding your true passions and following your heart.  Furthermore, the author’s narration of the story will completely dazzle your child.

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app with the following activities:

  1. What Is A Witch?How do you define what a witch is?  Come up with a list of traits and characteristics with your child that identify a character as a witch. Keep this list handy while you read the story, checking off items on the list or adding others as needed!
  2. Abracadabra!If you could create a magic spell, what would it be and what would it do?  Create a few magic spells with your child and include a drawing to help illustrate the special powers of your spell!

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of this app by trying any of the following activities:

  1. Author’s Narration:If you choose to have this app read to your child with the author’s narration, make a point to discuss the picture details before turning the page.  Asks questions such as, “What do the aunt’s expressions say about what they are thinking?” and  “What makes the smell of Lula’s brew so magical?”  
  2. Read to Your Child:Turn off the narration and read the story aloud to your child, discussing the story together along the way. This story introduces rhyming words in a playful manner.  Make a point to emphasize the rhyming words/pattern as you uncover where Lula’s magic will take you.
  3. Independent Reading:As your budding reader undertakes this adventure alone, prompt him/her with questions to assess comprehension. Questions that begin with "what", "when", and "how" will elicit detail-oriented responses that focus on the facts in the story. Questions that start with “why” and “I wonder” will encourage your child to infer from the text and think beyond the words on the page.

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Witches Celebrate Holidays Too!There are a lot of tales about witches and the biggest assumption is they all have their biggest party on Halloween. To mix things up, create a chart outlining all the fun witches can have on other holidays. What does a witch do at Christmas? What is on her list to Santa?  What do Witches do on New Year’s Eve?  How about the 4th of July? See how many holidays you can think of and just how magical the wishes and adventures can be!
  2. Make Your Own Witches Brew:Create a magical brew of your own. This can be as simple as creating a soup/stew with your child or a delicious drink mixture (a.k.a smoothie).  Whatever the recipe, don’t forget to keep the ingredients a secret to all the other witches in the house!