Archive for the ‘iOS(iPhone/iPad)’ Category

Slide & Spin by – Another FREE app for Fine motor skills

Slide & Spin

Slide & Spin

Slide & Spin by

Quick Review:  This is designed for little kids but will work well for Finemotor skills development.  Slide & Spin is designed for toddlers aged 1.5+ to help them develop fine motor skills using four basic motions: turning, sliding, spinning, and pushing of a button.

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Families 2 – A FREE Categorization app

Families 2

Families 2

Families 2 by

Quick Description: Families 2 helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction, among toddlers aged 3+ years old. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills. With parental assistance it can also develop language skills, for example, by naming the families, objects and colors.

Note: Portion of the app is FREE and the rest is inapp purchase. The inApp doesn’t interfere with the rest.

Reading Pal by Funflip Studios (price drop from $0.99 to FREE) – A nice app to test the skills already acquired thru other apps.

Reading Pal

Reading Pal

Reading Pal by Funflip Studios

Quick Review: Nice app to download while it is FREE. It doesn’t have much graphics. This will allow you to test your kids skills when once they learn the phonics, spelling, sightwords etc..


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Toca Hair Salon – A Social Skills app to use before going to Salon

Toca Hair Salon:  This is app comes from the makers of  Toca Doctor & Paint my wings.  This allows kids to do a virtual hair cut on the characters they have.  They some of the typical instruments a hair salon will have.  When you pick scissors and trimmer and move your hand across it will cut/trim or any other action that the item you pick.   Good for teaching pretend play. Also good for social stories. The instrument sounds are realistic so if you have a kid who doesn’t go to the hair salon this will be good to do at home before going there. It is better than the videos as you will be doing the actions.

IEP Goals/Skill Covered: Life Skills, Fine Motor, Pretend Play

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Touch and Learn – Emotions – By Innovative Mobile Apps


Touch and Learn – Emotions

Quick Note:

The title says emotions but it also teaches the gender (boy/girl, woman, man).  The nice thing about this app is there will be two or pictures with same emotion and user had to discriminate between the two possible correct answers (ex:find the boy who is crying but there may be a girl that is crying too).  Very nice app.  The photographs are stunning as always from this developer.


1. You can get it to display the question. This way you can turnoff volume and ask the kids to read the question to improve the reading skills.

2. Turn off volume and the text and ask your own questions.

Notes from Developer

Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over.

Touch and Learn is a powerful new app that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. You can use Touch and Learn to teach basic concepts such as “boy vs. girl” or advanced concepts such as feelings (e.g. happy, sad, frustrated, etc.). The possibilities are truly endless and just up to your imagination.

This game comes pre-loaded with over 100 unique images to provide hours of learning and entertainment.

This app can be challenging or easy depending on the difficulty that you select and is ideal for ages 2 to 4.


* Add your own voice – now your toddler can learn everything in mommy’s or daddy’s voice

* Add your own items – take pictures of your child’s favorite items to make the game more fun and personal

* Add your own concepts – you can add an unlimited number of new concepts and associate them with any picture or item to add exciting new levels and hours of fun

* Learn by sight, sound, and touch

* Uses real, crisp photographs that are carefully hand picked and selected vs. cartoonish illustrations

* Uses advanced algorithms that automatically makes the teaching of concepts fun and easy to grasp (i.e when teaching the concept of yellow circle, the app will present both a circle that is not yellow and another item that is yellow but is not a circle).

* Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged

* Dynamic game play adjust difficulty automatically to keep kids both challenged and entertained vs. getting bored. If you select progressive game play then the game starts with easy concepts (e.g. touch the circle) and proceeds to advanced concepts (touch the bigger circle) automatically.

* Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay, the child can immediately try again and touch the correct answer (most other games are too slow to keep kids interested by slowly repeating the desired question).

* Multi-sensory learning tool – combining audio, voice, and written words

* Don’t like some of the existing items… no problem, just delete or turn them off to cover only what you like

* Multi-language support – since you can edit existing items and add new items, you can record everything in your native tongue

Categories: iOS(iPhone/iPad)

Counting Board – Nice tool to teach additions/subtractions (FREE)

Counting Board

Counting Board

Counting Board by EverQuiz

Quick Review: Had it for sometime. It is very nice, colorful tool to teach numbers, counting and addition/Subtraction.

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PDF Annotators – Best FREE software for Popular Operating systems (almost)

See screenshots below each one for how they can be used.  
  1. iPad  using pdf-notes (FREE) or any PDF- annotation app 

  1. PC – Use PDF – xChange -PDF Viewer (FREE software)

  1. MAC -User Skim  – (FREE software)