Doodle Critter Math: Shapes by NCSOFT – Review and Giveaway


What we love…

Fun ways to learn about shapes, plenty of reinforcements and learning to see shapes around us.

What we’d love to see…

Highlight that a circle have 1 side but no corners.


6 fun and fresh new ways to explore and play with shapes that get kids actively engaged and learning.

Our Rating

If I have to recommend just one app for teaching basic shapes, then it would be the new Shapes app from NCSOFT’s Doodle Critter Math series. Creatively done just like all their other apps, Doodle Critter Math: Shapes uses fun approaches to totally immerse kids in the world of shapes.

In this app, the shapes are hiding everywhere – in animals, in real life objects, in boxes, in fables and kids have to seek them out. After playing with this app, kids will begin to take notice of the things around them and learn that everything has a shape and they can also use shapes to create lots of things. All these through 6 fun and interactive activities.

1. Learn Shapes
Kids learn the names and the basic concepts of circle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon and hexagon while drawing them. Counting the number of sides and corners in each shape, kids learn to differentiate between them and recognize their forms. They also learn that they can make different animals by using a single shape form. I like how the app helps kids to see how the rectangle and square are similar yet different, something which kids have difficulty in. I wish that the app will similarly highlight the circle’s features i.e. it has one side but zero corners.


2. Sort out Shapes
Kids feed each hungry critter friend the puzzle pieces that have the same shape as the critter. The critters become bigger and colorful once they have been fed. Correct answers are reinforced after each round (total of 10) to help kids remember faster.


3. Match the Pairs
Kids match the correct shapes to the real life objects. They learn that all our everyday objects have shapes and this develops their sense of curiosity. There are 10 games in this activity.


4. Remember Shapes
Kids need to remember how each shape looks like and recall in which box the correct shape is hidden. The games become tricky in higher levels (total 10 levels) when the boxes are moved around. You need good visual tracking skills to follow the box that has the correct shape!


5. Make Different Shapes
There are 10 animal puzzles to complete using different shapes. Kids will get to create animals like rabbit, dog, cat, owl, swan, chicken, fox, elephant, rhino and alligator.


6. Find Shapes
There are 10 scenes from fables where kids have to find all the hidden shapes. The colors return to the scene as each shape puzzle is found. Hints are available when needed.

20140506-004015.jpgI love how kids can learn about shapes by playing with the shapes in this app and not learn them in isolation like in many other apps. There are plenty of opportunities in the games for reinforcing shape recognition and their names. Each shape form is presented in 3 ways to help with generalization of knowledge. Kids see shapes in their geometric forms, in the corresponding doodle critter and in real life objects. They also see and hear the names of the shapes many times throughout the app. Given these repetitive exposure, kids will learn to identify these 6 shapes in no time at all.

But this app is so much more than just shape recognition. The various puzzles and memory games help to develop memory, matching skills and visual attention. It is an extremely kid-friendly app with cute doodle critters, fun animations and positive reinforcements. Your preschoolers will be fascinated and want to explore (and learn) more. It is a one of a kind shape learning app that you must check out!


Doodle Critter Math: Shapes – NCSOFT

Doodle Math: Shapes Doodle Math: Shapes by NCSOFT
Category: Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 97.69 MB



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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

Social Norms by Virtual Speech Center Review

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What we love…

Tons of short and candid stories to choose from and you can make your own stories too!

What we’d love to see…

A save and edit button for creating stories.


Through the use of short stories, this app effectively teaches children appropriate social behavior.

Our Rating

Social NormsSocial Norms by Virtual Speech Center is an app created by a speech and language pathologist specifically for children with autism. It contains over 50 stories that teach life skills (i.e. hygiene) and appropriate behavior whether at home, at school, or out in the community.
The stories in this app are short and to the point, making it perfect even for those with short attention spans. You can choose one or several stories at a time to read with your child. If you select more than one story, they will play in the order they were selected. By default, the stories will show text and be narrated. If you want your child to read by himself, you can disable the audio via the settings option in the main menu. You can also remove the text, and I found that disabling both text and narration provided not only a way to teach my child about social norms, but also a way to elicit speech and language by asking him to tell me what he thinks is happening in the picture.

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Since each child is different, Social Norms also allows you to create stories specifically for your child. You can add text, audio, and pictures (from the camera roll) to your story. You cannot save your stories to edit or continue them later on, so you need to be prepared to finish it all in one sitting. I would like to have a save and edit button so that, if need be, I can finish my stories at a later time or make changes in text, audio, or pictures. I would like the title to be editable as well so that changes and corrections can be made as necessary.

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I am very excited about this app because next weekend my family will be going on a mini getaway. My son who has autism can have a very difficult time adjusting to new situations and I am going to create a story that will help prepare him for what he can typically expect when going to a theme park and staying at a hotel. From experience, I know that that while it may not completely make him feel at ease or behave as we would like him to; it does make it a lot easier for him when he knows ahead of time what is going on.

Social Norms is a great app for teaching children appropriate social behavior. It is also helpful in preparing them for something unfamiliar or new to them such as going on a movie theater, flying on an airplane, or having a new sibling. It is an excellent tool to have for speech therapy and I certainly wish I had this when I was a student clinician. Although it was specifically made for children with autism, I believe it is useful even for those without autism. I recommend it to both speech therapists and parents.

Social Norms – Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Social Norms Social Norms by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $9.99 USD

****I really liked this app. With lots of stories already pre-made it saves me a lot of time and means that I can access stories for my kids right away.(Maureen, M.S.CCC-SLP)****

The Social Norms.


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6 Listening Skills App Bundle Giveaway From Pocket SLP and a Chance to win Apps for Life #BHSM

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Pocket SLP is running specials on different apps each week of Better Hearing and Speech Month. This week they are focussing on 6 apps that work on listening skills,  4 of these apps are  on great sales this week, and one lucky fan of The iMums will win all 6 a $64 value!!

Pocket SLP is also giving 3 fans each week a chance to win apps for life – to enter you need to sign up for their newsletter or like them on Facebook – both of which also give you entries in this giveaway!

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Designed by prominent speech-language pathologists, Tell Me A Story is designed to encourage story retell by making it an absolute blast.

Children can watch 4 classic tales and then retell these.

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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).

Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj -Review

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What we love…

Kids love hangman, Missions keep it interesting. Always win

What we’d love to see…

Data collection


great app for those older students, especially boys, who need the extrinsic motivation to work hard on their articulation skills! Can’t wait to see what is next.

Our Rating

Secret Mission Articulation

Secret Mission Articulation is a universal app from Erik X. Raj. It makes Speech therapy into a game for articulation students working on later developing sounds, and contains over 100 secret missions for students to pretend to take part in.

Foil the sinister plans of the evil robot super villain who will stop at nothing to wreak havoc! Figure out the secret password to shut down the robot so that he is unable to complete his naughty plans!

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This is a great app to maintain the interest of older articulation students who have been in therapy and are losing motivation. Choose your sound: s, z, r, l, sh, ch, or the and then choose either initial, final, medial, blends (s, l, r) or mixed and you are off on a secret mission. Listen to the secret mission and you are provided with blanks for each letter of the word and the alphabet (just like in hangman). You always win even if you use all 26 letters. Hit “Enter” and you can choose to hear the word, start a new mission or go back to the home screen. Each mission has a new “password”, and the app contains over 600 sound-specific “passwords”,  so the student is practicing their articulation skills whilst playing a fun game.

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Secret Mission Articulation – Erik X. Raj

Secret Mission Articulation Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Secret Mission Articulation is a unique speech therapy game that challenges players to guess a hidden word by choosing from different letters on an alphabet board.

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.

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