The iMums Free Christmas Apps Roundup

The iMums Free Christmas Apps Roundup



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With Christmas fast approaching The iMums recently published our list of our favorite paid Christmas apps which you can read here. There are also many free christmas apps available, and here are the best ones we have found- these apps do not contain any advertising or coin in-app purchases. If you recommend any others feel free to mention them in the comments on the post. All apps were free at time of publication, but this can change so please check the price before downloading.

 

Toca Hair salon meets Christmas in this totally free app you can give Santa a new hair-do or get a Christmas tree in shape for Christmas.To download please use this link: Toca Hair Salon – Christmas Gift – Toca Boca AB

Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift by Toca Boca AB
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 38.7 MB

$FREE

Everybody loves snow globes at Christmas – with this free app from Kidoteca your iPad or iPhone turns into a virtual snow globe. To download please use this link: Kids Christmas Snow Globe – Kidoteca

Kids Christmas Snow Globe Kids Christmas Snow Globe by Kidoteca
Category: Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 21.08 MB

$FREE

Help in Santa’s workshop assembling all the xmas toys. To download please use this link: Wombi Christmas Toys – Xmas games for kids – Wombi Apps

Wombi Christmas Toys - Xmas games for kids Wombi Christmas Toys - Xmas games for kids by Tappeal AB
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 24.57 MB

$FREE

Get into the festive spirit with Holiday Countdown, a free 3D pop-up app. Bring the holidays to life with all your favourite StoryToys characters. Count down to the holidays with a new scene to create and play with each and every day from 1 December to 25 December – all FREE! To download please use this link:Holiday Countdown ~ 3D Interactive Sticker Book – StoryToys Entertainment Limited

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A Christmas -themed mini-version of the Pili-Pop app  which uses voice recognition to check your childs responses e.g. when they say what color a present is.  To download please use this link: Pili Pop Christmas – Swasa

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A fun, totally free app that shows a “live web cam” of Santa in the North Pole at different times of day you can find in in different locations- will be be busy wrapping presents, eating his dinner or taking a nap? To download please use this link:Santa’s Home – Chocolapps SAS

Santa's home - Join Santa Claus at his house and help him get ready for Christmas. Santa's home - Join Santa Claus at his house and help him get ready for Christmas. by Wissl Media
Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 252.51 MB

$FREE

A Christmas- themed tale about 2 children who set out to make their mum believe in Santa again, totally free. To download please use this link: Christmas Eve – Chocolapps SAS

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This Advent calendar includes instructions for making Christmas- related crafts behind some of the doors – so well worth downloading even if you are part way through the month.To download please use this link: Advent Castle – The Advent calendar for children of all ages – Faber-Castell

Advent Castle - The Advent calendar for all ages Advent Castle - The Advent calendar for all ages by Faber-Castell
Category: Games, Entertainment, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 64.77 MB

$FREE

This is a must download app – it has a lots of free content including several free holiday- related books. Free with IAP for additional content, holiday pack is free
To download please use this link:Learn With Homer – Homer

Homer: Kids Learn to Read App Homer: Kids Learn to Read App by Homer
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 163.6 MB

$FREE

A story about Henry the Reindeer. To download please use this link:
Henry’s Christmas Adventures – how it all began – JustKidsApps – Katrin Draemann Barothy

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This is a little different, it is a Christmas gift from iTunes. Download it now and starting December 26th you will get one free gift a day- such an app or song that is free just for the day. It is worth installing early as sometimes Apple throws in an extra pre-Christmas gift. To download please use this link:12 Days of Gifts – iTunes

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Sago Sago’s Mini Forest Flyer has had a winter makeover in this great free app preschoolers can discover all kinds of interactive Christmas and winer-themed surprises.

To download please use this link:Sago Mini Forest Flyer – Sago Sago

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Elf Dance by Jib-Jab allows you to use your own photos to create an animated dancing Elf video starring your family or friends which you can then share as you wish. Does contain in-app purchases for other videos but the Elf Dance is free. To download please use this link:Elf Dance by JibJab – Starring You! Cast Yourself & Friends as Dancing Elves for the Holidays – JibJab Media Inc.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Talk About It Objects by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development – Review

Talk About It Objects by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development – Review



What we love…

Love the target skills. Choices reflect kids responses when asked to describe objects. Excellent language development skills.

What we’d love to see…

Print all sessions per student in one report.

Summary

Targets higher level vocabulary skills! Fills void.

Our Rating

This app helps teach students how to describe objects by teaching them what information is important when describing an object. It is designed for 6-12 year olds.

A photo of an object is presented in the Guess Box and the child can read or listen to four sentences and find the one that tells the most specific and important information about the object.

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If the choice is wrong, an x is marked and the child continues to find the correct sentence. Incorrect sentences are usually true statements but they give unimportant or vague information. If the correct sentence is chosen, the statement is moved behind the curtain of the Talk About It Box and four more choices are presented until a pre-set number of details is found. The program can be set up to find 3 (default), 5 or 7 details per object.

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Once all the correct statements have been chosen, the child will have a chance to review them and practice recalling them verbally using the recording feature. When the record button is pushed, the curtain closes to hide the details but the child can touch the clue buttons for help. When the recording is stopped, the curtain opens and you can check the child’s recording against the statements and score accordingly. A recording feature always does wonders for students’ expressive language development.

There are many customization options available in the settings. The objects presented can be random or you can choose categories (animals, clothing and accessories, foods, household items, jewelry, musical instruments, places, vehicles, miscellaneous) or specific items. You can choose 3, 5 or 7 facts for each object. You can also decide to turn on or off the following items – guess boxes, feedback for incorrect answers, recording feature, hints, progress tracker and score display. There are three reward games that can be played after every 1, 3 or 5 objects or not play. Just a warning that kids can play the game over and over and not return to the Guess Box activity, if given a chance.

The pro version allows for 30 users versus one user for the home version. I would like to be able to select my own objects, save my settings automatically so I don’t have to set up every time and to be able to print all sessions for one student on one report instead of each session separately.

Talk About It Objects is a wonderful therapy tool that allows for much discussion and elaboration when used with an adult. This is a very difficult task for students with language delays. I love this app for some of my older elementary students who can label/name objects but need to learn describing skills! There are very few apps for these students with in between skills and this app fills a gap in targeted skills!

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Talk About It: Objects Home HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Talk About It: Objects Home HD Talk About It: Objects Home HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Category: Education, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 166.14 MB

$2.99USD

Talk About It: Objects Pro HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Talk About It: Objects Pro HD Talk About It: Objects Pro HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Category: Education, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 166.14 MB

$5.99USD

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Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.
 The Social Express by The Language Express – Review

The Social Express by The Language Express – Review



Reviewed by Mary

What we love…

Variety of materials included within the app aimed at children and young adults with social learning challenges

What we’d love to see…

how are they feeling” section is just a match the facial expressions game, I would like to see this changed to matching the expression to the name of the feeling e.g. mad, sad, angry, frustrated.

lower price point for the app (although it is currently on sale)

Summary

This program is very well done- it has high quality graphics and animation. My 8 year-old found it very engaging – he really wanted to watch all the videos and help solve the questions. The ideas behind it – the “hidden social cues” are simple basic rules for social interactions but ones that some children (both on the Autism Spectrum and off of it) need a lot of help learning

The Social ExpressThe Social Express by The Language Express Inc. is an app for children and young adults with social learning challenges; it is primarily aimed at Elementary School -aged children. It is available for the iPad, Mac and PC. The app consists of a series of short animated videos about a group of friends – Emma, Zack, Katie, Sam and Sunny (Emma’s dog). During each video you see the characters interacting with each other and you get to help choose what they will say or do next. After you make a choice you get to see the consequences of that choice. Although kids will naturally try to pick the “right” choice it is useful also to have them see what happens when you make the wrong choice. The app is designed to be used with an adult rather than independently. It works best if you stop and discuss what is going on in the videos, and talk about what happens if you choose the various options.

The app is divided into 2 levels. Level 1 is for younger children or those who have difficulty understanding social interactions. Level 2 is useful for children who understand social rules but have difficulty applying them in real life. You have to work your way through the lessons in order to unlock the next lesson. These are the subjects included in the 2 levels:

Level 1: What Are They thinking? Being With The Group. Pick The Feeling. Using the DPS (Digital Problem Solver). What’s Next? What Are They Doing? Saying The Right Thing. Unlocking The Clubhouse – this is a reinforcing activity, where the child is shown 2 pictures or movies clips and has to pick the one that correctly illustrates the hidden social clue.

Level 2: Watch What I Do. Using our Friend Files. Thinking about Your Friend. Using The DPS. What is Their Plan? What does That Mean? Having A Conversation. Unlocking The Clubhouse.

To give you an idea of what is included in each level, I will describe a little from one lesson of each level:

Level 1 – What Are They Doing? In this video Zach and Emma are taking turns acting out various actions and guessing what was acted out. In one scene you have to choose between Zach brushing his teeth and eating a hamburger, another time between playing a guitar and playing the drums. This lesson is teaching the child to look at the person who is talking, so that you can read their body language.

Level 2 – Having a conversation. This video has a series of short scenes, in each scene one of the friends is talking and the other has to decide how to respond. In one scene Emma is talking about her dog Sunny and you have to decide whether Zach should respond with “how old is she?” or “are you going to the movies?” If you pick the correct response the conversation carries on, if not Emma gets mad that he is changing the subject then you get to try again with the correct response

The app comes with a series of printables -I recommend you download and print these before starting to use the app. You can print these directly from the Mac or PC version or from the iPad using an Air Print printer. If you have the iPad version and no Air Print printer the developer will send you a PDF to allow you to print them. The printables include character profiles, a list of the Hidden Social Keys, coping strategies, and feelings cards. Each of the printable has space to add your own ideas too.

The DPS is an iPhone app that Social Express has just released (in April 2012). It works on recognizing feelings and choosing coping strategies for them. The child can flip through the feelings cards and pick how they are feeling, then see the suggested coping strategies for that feeling. You can customise it by adding your own extra feeling cards and your own coping strategies. If you don’t have the DPS or don’t have an iPhone or iTouch to use it on, you can use the printables to make 2 booklets that you can use in place of the DPS. I would recommend printing out the feelings cards, then using the coping strategies cards as a starting point to decide which strategies help your child for each feeling. Next write on the back of each feelings card what coping strategies help for that situation (adding any of your own that work for your child too). Once you are happy with your child’s personalized list of feelings and associated coping strategies, then laminate the cards and put a ring through them, making your own durable version of the DPS.

Things I would like to see changed: at the moment the “how are they feeling” section is just a match the facial expressions game, I would like to see this changed to matching the expression to the name of the feeling e.g. mad, sad, angry, frustrated. I would also like to see the price point of the app lower than $89.99 which is out of reach for many families, at the moment it is on sale for $29.99 – which is much more affordable.

This program is very well done- it has high quality graphics and animation. My 8 year-old found it very engaging – he really wanted to watch all the videos and help solve the questions. The ideas behind it – the “hidden social cues” are simple basic rules for social interactions but ones that some children (both on the Autism Spectrum and off of it) need a lot of help learningThis program isn’t a magic fix for social problems, but it is a good place to start. To make the most of this program you need to invest time in it, sitting down with your child, watching the videos together and discussing them. Then, just as importantly, you need to create a plan and continue working on using these skills and implementing them in real life situations. If you are a parent with a child who struggles socially and needs help learning these rules, and you are willing to invest the required time and energy, then I would recommend you strongly consider buying this program. There is a free lite version you can buy to see if it is a good fit for your child. If you are just going to watch the videos and nothing else, then it probably isn’t worth spending $90 on.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Shape Arts: Geometry Creations By Lighthouse Learning- Review

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations By Lighthouse Learning- Review




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What we love…

Fun but educational, huge number of puzzles, ability to create your own tangram puzzles.

What we’d love to see…

I’d love to see a section where you could choose yourself how many of each shape to include in the puzzle you create.

Summary

Shape Art stands out from other Tangram apps due to the huge number of puzzles, new puzzles being constantly added and the ability to create your own puzzles. Highly recommended !

Our Rating

Shape Arts: Geometry CreationsShape Arts: Geometry Creations is the second educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. In their first app Dragon Shapes Geometry Challenge students learned how to solve Tangram puzzles, and explored geometry by learning how geometric shapes could be used to create other shapes. In this app the theme is continued with lots of new Tangram Puzzles to solve, and the opportunity to create their own. The app is child-friendly with no adverts or in-app purchases and all external links are in a parents area, accessed by pressing and holding for four seconds.

The Tangram puzzles are sorted into 6 different categories:

Easy

The simplest Tangrams, this is a great place to start before moving on to the more complex puzzles.

My Puzzlets

This is where you can access the Tangram Puzzles you have created yourself.

Creatures

Tangrams that look like different animals.

People

Tangrams that look like people in different poses.

New

When people create new puzzles within the app the developers pick their favorites and add them to the app, so everyone can access them. This section highlights the most recently added puzzles.

Popular

This section highlights the most popular puzzles in the app and can be a good place for experienced Tangram solvers to pick a new challenge.

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Solving the Tangrams

Once you have picked a puzzle to work on, tapping it takes you into puzzle-solving mode. Here you will see a grey outline of the image(s) you are trying to create, plus a number of colored geometric shapes. The shapes available exactly match what you need to solve the puzzle. To place a piece tap and drag it, a circular arrow will appear over the piece which allows you to easily rotate it to the desired angle. If you get stuck at any point tap on the lightbulb and it will show the correct position of one piece. Tapping it more times shows more pieces, so you can have as many clues as you need. After you have correctly solved the puzzle you can choose to move on to the next puzzle or create your own Tangram using the pieces from the puzzle you just solved.

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Creating Tangrams

You can create new Tangrams two ways – from the “My Puzzlets” section or after completing one of the pre-made puzzles. If you make it after solving a puzzle you get the same pieces to work with that the solved puzzle contained. In the “My Puzzlets” section you get a set of the following pieces: two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, one square and one parallelogram. There is a grid to place the shapes on, and the 2 rules are: that pieces mustn’t overlap, and that you must use all pieces. To see what your creation would look like as a Tangram press the green arrow and you get to preview it, if you are happy with it you can save it, if not you can edit it. You can also take a picture of your creation during the process of making it or when you have completed it.

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Tangrams are great puzzles for giving your brain a good work out and getting you to look at shapes in different ways. There are plenty of Tangram puzzle apps available on the app store but Shape Arts: Geometry Creations has some features that make it stand out from the crowd. Firstly, it has a huge number of puzzles, and with users creating new ones all the time the number just keeps growing, so there are constantly new puzzles to challenge you. Secondly, the ability to create your own puzzles is a great feature – it is fun to create your own new puzzles and challenge family members to solve them, and even more fun when you spot one of your creations in the “new puzzle” listings ! My kids loved working their way through all the levels in Dragon Shapes Geometry Challenge and I know this is an app they will keep coming back to time after time as well, as there will constantly be new puzzles to challenge them. The app also includes different marbles you can collect as rewards for achieving milestones in creating or solving puzzles.

When my children play this app they think they are just having fun, but in reality they are also learning important mathematical concepts about the properties of shapes, and how you can use shapes to create other shapes. They learn to look at shapes from all different angles and to compare different shapes to one another. They can learn a lot with this app by just exploring it on their own, but it is also a great conversation starter for discussing terms like parallel, perpendicular and symmetry if you sit down and explore the app with them. It is also a great app for working on visual-motor skills, problem solving and spatial awareness.

Overall, a very fun app, with lots of challenges, but one that allows children (and adults) to learn through playing and problem solving. The developer recommends the app for children aged 7+. I think it will be enjoyed from age 7 up to and including adults, and that slightly younger children will enjoy the easier puzzles too. My 6 year old twins, 10 year old and I all love to solve the puzzles and to create our own.

If you would like to download this app please use this link: Shape Arts: Geometry Creations – Lighthouse Learning

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations
Shape Arts: Geometry Creations
by Lighthouse Learning

Category: Education, Puzzle, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 13.61 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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