Playroom - Lessons With Max, by Igromatic, is one of my favorite apps to use with younger children and those with developmental delays. Five areas of gameplay allow users to work on memory skills, object, color and number recognition with Max the cat! Play each game individually or choose Game Mix to rotate through the games. Customize the voiced instructions with a record feature only accessible in the 'coded' parent area.
What is Max thinking about? Can you find the "_______"? This game is a great way to introduce perspective taking with the young student. Introduce vocabulary of common toys/objects and concepts such as on top of, behind, inside. Just tap and touch the same object that Max is thinking of! You will be delighted with his encouraging 'meow' when the correct object is selected. No worries if the user is having difficulty because there is a built-in visual prompt to allow for successful game play.
Colors and Numbers –
Work on color recognition and number correspondence by helping Max put the correct color and number of toys in his wagon. Watch Max count in his thought bubble as you add the correct number and color of toys to the wagon. A nice feature of this game is that there is errorless learning; the incorrect color will 'bounce' back to the shelf and Max will only count the number when the correct color toy is placed in the wagon. When the target number (1-5) is reached the wagon will roll away and the user can continue to practice their color recognition and number correspondence.
Have fun dragging the puzzle pieces into the shadowed area to recreate the familiar toy. You are sure to recognize these toys from the other areas of gameplay. This puzzle game is easy enough for those with difficulty in recreating puzzles.....as long as the puzzle piece is dragged in the correct vicinity it will be placed into the puzzle. The shadowed puzzle helps with recognizing where the puzzle pieces belong.
Memory and Match -
Work on memory and matching skills with these games. Match two alike toy cards out of a field of eight. This is a simple matching game where the user will easily achieve success. Copy and match the same order of toys on the shelf with the Matching game. Watch out for that mischievous mouse as he knocks the toys off the shelf!
Max and his purple mouse friend are sure to engage the little ones with beautiful graphics and cute antics. Users are bound to have success with this wonderful app that works on early learning skills.
About the Author
Jackie Bryla is a school based SLPA in California. Her experience includes working with transitional kindergarten through high school age students as well as the functional skills population in the public schools. She regularly presents iPad Training for California State University Sacramento, American River College, and San Joaquin Delta College speech and language programs. Jackie is also the founder of Act – Apps, Consulting, and Training. She is an app beta tester for educational app developers. Jackie is a board member for the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA) and is an active CSHA District 2 Advisory Committee member in the Sacramento area. Jackie received the outstanding SLPA for CSHA in 2012.