Gifts

Educational Gift Ideas

Recommended by our speech language pathologists

Infants/toddlers Preschoolers Older Kids
  • Bubbles
  • Textured
  • Books
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Peg puzzles (with matching pictures)
  • Building Blocks
  • Ball
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Baby dolls (for pretend play(dress them, feed with spoon, put to sleep with blanket, etc)
  • Music
  • Zingo
  • Cranium brand games
  • Playdough (with Cookie cutters)
  • Pretend play (toy foods, teaparty items, trains, tracks, cars)
  • Don't Break the Ice
  • Don't Spill the Beans
  • Simon
  • Color by Numbers
  • Go Fish
  • Memory
  • Lucky Ducks
  • Kitchen set
  • Tool set
  • Musical instruments
  • Headbands (game)
  • Guess Who?
  • Guess What I Am?
  • Apples to Apples
  • Madlibs
  • Scattergories
  • Dominos
  • Yahtzee
  • Guesstures
  • Headbands (game)
  • Bingo

  • BABIES: iPad Apps

    Turn Multitasking Gestures Off (Settings) to avoid swiping to new pages, apps etc.

    Baby Finger
    Blank screen until you touch it. Movement, sound, kids voices as you draw

    Sign and Sing
    Excellent graphics, Slow singing, signs song, explore sings, parent tutorial, web info link

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Kids Games Club)
    Song, Peek-a-boo, coloring, matching, dot to dot & more

    Wheels on the Bus
    (Kids Games Club)
    Song; automatically advances thru verses. Peek-a-boo, coloring, matching, dot to dot & more

    Peekaboo HD
    Tap anywhere on screen to "find" animals. Clear, uncluttered graphics, English & Spanish

    Wheels on the bus interactive Book
    (Duck Duck Moose)
    Song. Must touch arrow to advance verses. Tap or swipe for actions. Can record yourself! Can sing in Spanish!

    Story Creator Pro by Innovative Mobile Apps/Alligator Apps
    Free or Pro version $1.99
    Create a book. Auto Play or swipe to turn pages Import your pictures/photos of family, draw a picture, add text, record voice, highlights text as it reads, share with FB or email (set up acct. for this),

    ALSO From Kids Games Club: The ABC Song, Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You're Happy, 5 Little Monkeys, Old Mac

    Kids Doodle (Free, $.99 Pro)
    Draw with neon colors & effects. Save. No Sound. Add your photos. Touch, swipe, tap to mark & automatically changes colors. Choose "video" to watch your creation unfold

    Paint Sparkles
    (Kids Games Clubs)
    Draw with 20+ colors and magic sparkles. Sounds & names colors.
    Touch, swipe, tap to mark easily but targeting needed to change colors.

    I Like Books
    (Grasshopper Apps)
    Topic books, Read to me, Read by myself, autoplay. Custom settings: highlight words, record your voice, change story, swipe to turn.

    Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad
    (Bejoy Mobile)
    Tap, swipe, etc. creates images. Save to gallery. No Sound. Create "video"

    Art of Glow (Free version)
    (Natenai.com)
    Tap, swipe etc to get bright contrasting fireworks. Settings: Choices, shape, color, cycles. "Rebirth" makes it disappear

    I Love Fireworks Lite
    (Fireworks Games)
    Touch or tap to get fireworks and sounds. Disappear after each touch. Length of hold time gives bigger firework!

    Tap Tap Baby
    Moon Fry Labs
    Choices: Tap anywhere monkey facial expressions with sounds, xylophone, animal sounds, fireworks


    SWITCH ACCESSIBLE APPS FOR 0-3 YEAR OLDS

    Switch Kids 19.99
    Moon Fry Labs
    Has three activities: Funny Sounds and Faces, Bubble Gum and Build-A-Kid. A scoreboard tracks the child's progress. Teaches simple cause and effect, multiple-choice cause and effect, and a variation called "cause and effect with a goal"

    Adapted Play Book-EIEIO 5.99
    Moon Fry Labs
    An interactive play book based around “Old McDonald Has a Farm”. Activities included: a simple book which introduces us to the animal sounds; an animal sounds activity where the user has to find the correct sound for each animal from a choice of 6; an errorless activity to explore the animal sounds; a song activity with the song “On the farm, look what I see”, where the user can pick one of 6 items to have a verse sung. (& others from Creative Communicating)

    Big Bang Patterns 13.99
    Big Bang Pictures 13.99

    Simple cause and effect activities, specifically designed for people with complex needs and visual impairments. The graphics are simple and based on geometric shapes (Patterns) or include images such as a bus, sun, person running (Pictures). When the user presses the switch, the graphic is animated and is accompanied by music. The background colour and the colour of the graphics can be changed. 4 different sets of graphics are included within the app. (Patterns). In Pictures, two extra activities include the same images, but presented as line drawings in either a simple or more complex format. 1 or 2 switch scanning.

    Cause & Effect Sensory Light Box 2.99
    A simple cause and effect app with visual effects that occur with a switch press. Offers a choice of 21 different visual patterns. App can be activated by sound (using the microphone) or by the screen.

    Rad Sounds 4.99
    A cause/effect music program that is switch accessible. A customized playlist of music can be created by recording or singing new music to your iPad, importing from your iPad's music library or using some of the included songs. Switch access options include: Momentary mode, where the music plays for only the time you hold your finger on the iPad; Timed mode, where the music plays for a specified number of seconds upon each activation; or Advanced mode where the user chooses songs by cycling through their playlist.

    Five Little Aliens 2.99
    A cause/effect music program that is switch accessible. A customized playlist of music can be created by recording or singing new music to your iPad, importing from your iPad's music library or using some of the included songs. Switch access options include: Momentary mode, where the music plays for only the time you hold your finger on the iPad; Timed mode, where the music plays for a specified number of seconds upon each activation; or Advanced mode where the user chooses songs by cycling through their playlist.

    Rad Sounds 4.99
    A simple to play activity app that requires just a touch anywhere on the screen or a switch press to continue the song. Ideal for young children and those requiring simple access. The music section & activities are cause & effect.

    Special Stories 13.99
    An app for creating your own stories. User can create stories with photographs or pictures and then share them with others using Bluetooth, WiFi or email. Pages can be changed by touching the forward and back buttons on the screen or by pressing switch 1 to move forward. Switch 2 plays the sound for the page OR turns the page back, dependant on the settings you select.

    SwitchTrainer 16.99 (Free-Lite)
    Designed to provide the user to learn to use 1 or 2 switches, with a focus on moving towards 2 switches. Users can use external switches or the iPad screen divided into two halves. The app has 6 different activities: 1. a simple animation activity where switch 1 triggers the animals (e.g. a monkey playing bongos) and switch 2 moves between animations; 2. An activity using the same animations, but where the user has a choice or 2 and can select which one to display; 3. A playground where the user can move a monkey around and then have them do different activities; 4. An activity where the user chooses the parts of a costume to dress a mouse; 5. An activity where the user can conduct a small band, choosing which instrument plays; 5. Hide and seek where the user has to find one of the characters hiding behind some objects. The app offers control over timing, number of switches and switch debounce.

    Smarty Pants 2.99
    From Inclusive Technology. Large animated expressions & silly faces make this simple choice activity a fun way to explore feelings and encourage imitation. Ideal for children in first stages of learning to communicate.

    Sensory Magma Free
    Sensory iMeba starts with a brightly coloured blob on the screen. Each time the user presses the switch, the blob changes. The graphics remain brightly coloured on a black background and are accompanied by a sound effect. Each switch has a different range of effects. Could be used as a single or multi switch cause and effect app.

    **Descriptions and icons largely copied from Jane Farrell’s site


    Apps in Spanish

    Peekaboo HD
    Tap anywhere on screen to “find” animals. Clear, uncluttered graphics, English & Spanish

    Toddler Jukebox (Tipita. com) Lite version. Childlock features.
    Explore music at own pace. Alter playback speed. 5 jukeboxes including Spanish songs. Also coloring books, flashcards.

    Wheels on the bus interactive Book (Duck Duck Moose)
    Song. Must touch arrow to advance verses. Tap or swipe for actions. Can record yourself! Can sing in Spanish!

    Zoola Animals
    Lite & Full versions. Deluxe version (free) animals can talk, eat, dress up etc. Amazing graphics. Touch animal picture, names it and makes sound. Up to 9 per screen. Can choose languages.

    Jigsaw puzzles 123
    Choose 2 to 16 piece puzzles; Swipe into place. Choose language in settings.

    NoYo Spanish Vocabulary Builder (3.99)
    Custom graphics, high-quality audio voiced by a native speaker, and fully-integrated assessment units to help you learn–and remember!–thousands of vocabulary words. Learn and Assess components

    Spanish Flash Cards (free)
    eFlashApps
    Presents vocabulary in large pictures and names it. Can turn swipe on and off.