Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top Recommended Apps for Toddlers and Preschoolers, including special needs - Part 1

Discussion Topic: Must-have apps for toddlers and preschoolers

Audience: Anyone looking for apps for kids in the toddler or preschool range, including apps recommended for speech, social skills and basic concepts

Top Recommended Apps: Monkey Math School Sunshine, Monkey Word School Adventure, Toca Boca Apps, ConversationBuilder, Super Duper Publications Apps

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Zoe wrote: Hi guys! I have just bought a second iPad for my daughter's so they have one each . I am wanting a full list of your apps that you recommend, both special needs and general. I have a NT 2yr old and a 4yr old with asd who needs help with speech, social skills and basic concepts.

The following are answers from our readers:

Katie: Monkey Math and Monkey Word are great apps that are a lot of fun. Dexteria works on fine motor and tracing letters and numbers. Any of the Super Duper Publication apps are fantastic. Conversation Builder and the Social Express (pricey) work on social skills-great for using as a guideline to promote further socialization. Eggy 100 works on sight words that is implemented in a game. Toca games are good for the younger kids as well. There's so many that are such an excellent outlet for teaching and making it fun for any age.

Monkey Math School Sunshine
by THUP Games
Received 4.5 Stars from Rachel H

From iTunes:
★9 interactive games that teach kids about sequencing, patterning, counting, adding and subtracting.
★With very little interface, your child presses one button to immediately launch into uninterrupted play.
★Uses Knack Technology to instinctively adjust the challenge levels to each individual player.
★Irresistibly cute monkey guides the child through game play with animated celebrations for correct answers and gentle redirection for incorrect ones.
★Kids collect prizes to fill their very own INTERACTIVE AQUARIUM.
★Uninterrupted and unlimited play: game continues as long as the player desires. 

If you would like to download Monkey Math School Sunshine ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Monkey Word School Adventure
by THUP Games

From iTunes:
=== FEATURES ===
☆ 6 interactive, carefully conceived, captivating games.
☆ Letter and word recognition.
☆ Introduction to digraphs, consonant blends, irregular vowels and other important concepts.
☆ A focus on sight words helping your child learn these vital building blocks of reading and writing.
☆ Uses THUP’s “Knack Technolgy ” system which automatically adjusts the difficulty of the games as your child plays.
☆ Customizable Settings. Select which games your child plays and at what level allowing you to focus on a single task, such as learning sight words.
☆ Designed for Kids: No confusing Menus or navigation.
☆ Rewards! Kids earn frogs, butterflies, chameleons and more to put into their own customizable interactive terrarium.

If you would like to download Monkey Word School Adventure ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Dexteria Jr
by BinaryLabs
Received 3.5 Stars from Rachel J

From iTunes:
From the makers of award-winning Dexteria, Dexteria Jr. is a set of hand and finger exercises to develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness. The activities are specially designed for kids age 2-6. New characters, sprite animations, music, and sound effects all add up to a fun and engaging experience for toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Dexteria Jr.'s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the iPad's multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

For best results the exercises should be done on a regular basis in short sessions. The exercises are designed to be repeatable and engaging.

If you would like to download Dexteria Jr. ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Super Duper Publications

Super Duper Publications offer a wide variety of apps for children. Click on the link to check out all of their apps.

If you would like to download any apps from Super Duper Publications, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

by Mobile Education Store

From iTunes:
-Simple interface to learn the pattern of conversation
-Students record their half of the conversation
-Two group and two one-on-one conversation settings
-160 conversations to choose from
-Student can initiate or respond to conversations
-Use your own images for group conversations
-Student name, age, primary interest and city of residence are used in conversations to personalize play
-Achievements page with certificates of completion
-Student recordings are interlaced with pre-recorded audio to create complete conversations
-Conversations may be archived and emailed

If you would like to download ConversationBuilder ($19.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

The Social Express
by The Language Express

From iTunes:
We Teach People How to Make Friends!

The Social Express™ is engaging, educational curriculum for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The curriculum is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life.

How It Works
Video Modeling on Steroids!

Help Zack, Emma, Sam, and Katie solve social problems! Each fully-animated, interactive lesson targets one of many skills children and young adults need to learn in order to develop meaningful relationships and successfully navigate our social world.

If you would like to download (Free trial with a subscription after, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

The Social Express Pro

The Social Express Home

Eggy 100
by Blake eLearning

From iTunes:
Reading Eggs Eggy Words 100 is a FREE application designed to help children recognise and learn sight words. Sight words are words that readers should know automatically “at sight”, such as he, the, was and where. This is a sample version of what is featured in Eggy Words 250. You will receive access to the first 100 of 250 sight words using a fun and motivating game to keep kids learning. 

If you would like to download Eggy 100 (Free, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Toca Boca

Toca Boca AB provide a variety of games for children. Click on our link to see the apps by this developer.

If you would like to download any apps by this developer, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Stephanie: We love the Bugs and Bubbles app. 

Bugs and Bubbles
by Little Bit Studio

From iTunes:
Bugs and Bubbles is the latest app in a growing collection based on the award winning Bugs and Buttons. The uniquely detailed graphical styling, beautiful music, and advanced interactivity is designed to engage, entertain, and educate. Packed with over 18 games and activities in one title, Bugs and Bubbles offers plenty of choices for children to explore and play. Enjoy an eclectic mix of organic and industrial scenery around the mythical Uncle Bob's Bubble Factory where you can harvest, pinch, pop, and even nudge fantastical bubbles.

• 18+ games and activities *
• 50+ minutes of beautiful music
• 36 achievement stickers to earn
• Automatic game play with graduated stages **
• Multiple user profiles ***
• Adaptive play provides challenge with less frustration
• Advanced multi-touch interactions
• Visual instructions that display and hide automatically 

If you would like to download Bugs and Bubbles ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

Part 2 on this list will be coming soon!
Heather S. would be spending a ton of money if she had toddlers and a new iPad, because this list is wonderful!

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