Dr. Panda’s Hospital

To appease the masses, I’ve found an app for both Android and Apple users! Actually, I originally wrote this review after finding it on Google Play and didn’t realize until later that it was also available on iTunes! I was very excited that all of my readers could benefit from this one. Also, I had mentioned to a few of you that I found some Android apps similar to the Toca Boca ones on iDevices–Dr. Panda’s Hospital is definitely one of those. While this app is based on an animal hospital, the game’s set-up is quite similar to Toca Doctor. Here are my thoughts on it:

What It Is: An app for “playing vet” and healing hurt/sick animals by TribePlay.

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Create a Car

So that my Apple readers don’t get TOO jealous of my new addition of Android reviews, here’s a review of a fun and inexpensive app for iDevices. I’m actually quite excited about this app because the developer just added new content that bumps it up from “good” to “great!” Also, this is another app for those “three T” (trucks, tractors, & trains)-obsessed boys and girls since there are quite a few vehicles to choose from–including trucks and tractors!

What It Is: A game for designing (and then driving) vehicles by ABCya.com.

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Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

I was so excited about the giveaway last week, I just realized I forgot to do another aphasia-themed review for National Aphasia Awareness Month! No worries–I will make up for it and you will have one for each week this month as promised. 🙂 Since I think cooking is an awesome language activity, I went on the hunt for a recipe app that was cheap, well-organized, and had plenty of visuals. Several met this criteria, but Epicurious was my personal favorite. Play around with a couple options to see what best fits your clients’ needs, but this one is definitely a great place to start.

What It Is: A cooking app with over 30,000 recipes by Epicurious.

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Farmyard!

I found this app when I worked with a little boy whose life revolved around the three T’s: tractors, trucks, and trains. Here are some ways I have used it and my thoughts on its quality and usefulness.

What It Is: A farm scene with interactive animals, equipment, and people by Ubstar.

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Toca Tea Party

Toca Tea Party is one of my favorite Toca Boca apps, particularly because it involves a natural social component. I have found that the Toca Boca apps can usually be used in numerous ways. I’ll share some of the ways I’ve used it, and then I’d love for you to share what you’ve done with it!

What It Is: A pretend tea party app by Toca Boca.

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Bugs and Buttons

What It Is: A collection of games with the overlying themes of bugs and buttons by Little Bit Studio.

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Cake Doodle

Because this app is so (intentionally) similar to the Cookie Doodle app, I debated whether or not it was appropriate to write a separate review for it. But then I realized that 1. it’s my birthday, so I get to do what I want 🙂 and 2. it’s going to be pretty hard for all of you to make me cakes all around the world, so I’d better make your lives easier by showing you a digital version. 😉 (Insert sigh of relief.) Enjoy your baking!

What It Is: A cake-making (and -decorating) app by Shoe the Goose (the same ones who made Cookie Doodle).

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My PlayHome

Some research has shown that today’s children are less creative than previous generations, and many point their fingers at the digital era. It makes sense, to an extent. For example, a child who would have once been engaging in imaginative play with action figures and Beanie Babies is now playing with apps and video games. In a large majority of these digital games, imagination is not required; the goal is to win or earn points, and there are only a set number of ways to do so. Thankfully, I don’t think this shift is quite as terrible as some make it out to be. First, common sense parenting (and teaching and therapy) includes knowing how to provide balance–not letting kids play with an iPad every waking minute but realizing that the digital world provides some great opportunities, too. Second, that digital world is actually starting to allow more creativity on the part of the user. My PlayHome is a perfect example.

What It Is: A digital doll house by Shimon Young.

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