Saturday, July 6, 2013

iPad Apps

At the recommendation of the school's speech pathologist, we got Diana an iPad. At home, she mostly plays with it, but she does use it some at school as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device. The recommended app for her was TouchChatHD, and she quickly showed herself to be a real whiz at figuring out how it works and how to add new buttons to the menu.

Since we got that for her, we have also added a few other apps that we hoped she would find entertaining and engaging. It's been a little hit-and-miss.

3rd Grade Splash Math -- has an ocean theme and math games. I think it's pretty cute, she's not so excited by it. 

iSentence/Sentence Builder -- learning correct grammar and sentence structure. This one has a really annoying opening screen. The default page is settings; there's a lot on that first "page" that's more for parents than for children, and the "play" button is very small at the bottom. The game itself is nicely done, but she's not much interested in it, either.

The arrow is pointing at the very small "play" icon.

Timbuktu iPad Magazine for Children -- this one is awesome. She has spontaneously opened the app and played games on her own. She favors the spelling game. The games are educational without ever feeling like it. Ever since I discovered Timbuktu's apps, I've just been in love; you can't go wrong. We also have:
Oscar Pizza Chef Pro -- You choose a pizza from the menu, then follow a recipe to make it. If you do it right, Eegor will eat it right up, but if you get it wrong he throws it at you. 
Sand Drawing -- a fun, simple drawing game where you use simple tools to draw, and use the waves to erase it. Also, it's free!

I found another app for my Nook (Android) tablet, and saw that it was also available for the iPad: Color Zen. This is a puzzle game. You're given shapes that you drag together to make the background color change, but in the end, the background has to match the border. The puzzles get progressively harder, and there was one that she couldn't solve (and was getting frustrated). Then I wasn't able to figure it out, and passed it on to my husband, and he was able to get it cleared. The only words are the instructions, and once you have those, it's just colors and shapes and kinda trippy music.

What's loaded on your child's iPad (or other tablet)?