As an SLP, I help children develop and understand this type of vocabulary through structured play, highlighting them during everyday classroom activities and, of course, by using apps. Below are 10 (now 15) of my favorite apps to target basic concepts. If you'd like to download any of these apps, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the links provided.
1. Opposites 1 & 2 by My First Apps
My First Apps. Opposites 1 is designed for children 2 1/2+ and features 30 basic concepts pairs. Opposites 2 is designed for ages 3+ and features another 30 pairs of opposite concepts. In each of these apps you get 2 boards for free with 5 opposite pairs on each board. Ten other boards can be unlocked through an in-app purchase for $2.99. The goal of each board is to match the opposites by dragging them to the boxes in the center. The written word pops up when you drag a picture into a box and you can use the record feature to add the word verbally. I have my students record the words for each concept themselves before we play the matching game.
Opposites 1 (iPhone/iPad, Free/full version $2.99)
Opposites 2 (iPad only, Free/full version $2.99)
This app is recommended for children seven and up. It starts out with easy opposite pairs and gradually increases in difficulty. Perfect for children working on higher level language processing and general vocabulary skills. Featuring 10 levels, bonus rounds and reward medals, this app makes vocabulary development fun and challenging.
3. Caveman Time Machine by Super Duper Publications
iPad only, $4.99
4. Splingo's Language Universe by The Speech and Language Store LLC
5. Magical Concepts by Virtual Speech Center Inc.
6. Let's Do Basic Concepts by Kids Can Talk, LLC
iPad only, $4.99
7. Kids Learning - Photo Touch Concepts by Innovative Investments Limited
8. Comparative Adjectives by Innovative Investments Limited
9. Opposite Day by Synapse Apps, LLC
10. Opposites - A Montessori Pre-Language Exercise by Rantek Inc.
iPad only, $1.99
Uses real, quality photographs to teach over 25 sets of basic opposite concepts. Customization features allow you to add your own voice or a child's voice and even your own pictures to make the game more personal and motivating. Great for ELL students as you can edit any picture to practice in another language. Despite the name, I like that this app can be used with a wide age range of students. It makes it more than worth the tiny price tag.
Designed for children under seven, these adorable little bugs demonstrate the relationships between two concepts with adorable interactive features. Rated a solid 4 stars by Heather in this review, Cricket Kids: Opposites teaches basic vocabulary and concepts with humor and whimsy. Features 15 interactive pages, 13 games and is available in six languages. The original music can be turned on/off and there is a quiz at the end to assess what your child has learned.
My students can't stop giggling during this app based on the book, "I say... You say: A Zany Peep at Opposites" by Sandy Pugh. These crazy birds teach concepts in a creative and fun way. This app is great for working on riddles, describing and inferencing as well as basic concepts. Want to learn more about these silly Peepers? Check our Sandy Pugh's website at WethePeepers.com.
This is part of a a series of apps developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Features real-life photographs with a choice of practice or game play. Settings can be adjusted under "options" to best meet the needs of your child. It also has a progress report to help see a child's progression. One set of concepts is available for free and the three additional sets can be unlocked through in-app purchase.
iPhone/iPad, Free (full verson $2.99)
If you are looking for a quick and easy to administer assessment of basic readiness skills, look no further. Given our highest rating of 5 stars here, this screener assesses knowledge of spatial, quantitative, comparative and temporal concepts. Features a quick or full version and can be used with preschool children through early elementary school.
iPad only, $24.99
We'd love to hear from you! Tell us about your favorite apps to work on basic concepts.
Sarah rarely wears socks during the day (even when it's freezing), but absolutely cannot fall asleep without them. How's that for an opposite?