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Initial post: Feb 7, 2012 10:41:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 4:48:52 PM PST
Wix says:
Android has an increasing number of apps for kids. I'm going to keep editing this first post, sorting some of the apps I have tried into age groups and catagories. Some are here on Amazon, others are on the Market.

A work in progress! ;) And as always, check the specs of the application, the permissions and minimum OS before you buy.

First, some favorites:
AR Entertainment puzzles - Snakes, Dinosaurs, Tanagrams
try one before ordering all three. Snakes is our favorite, hands down.
Great for motor skills, problem solving.
Appropriate for ages 2-7 (ish) although Tanagrams is a bit more difficult.

Hangman Free - good for early spelling skills as well as early literacy

Oceanhouse Media applications:
1 Fish 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Yertle the Turtle
Green Eggs and Ham
numerous other titles on Amazon AppStore, try one to test out! Probably the favorite reading apps in our home.

Great for - early reading skills, word recognition
Ages - infant to early Elementary school

Talking Gina - increases verbal output, very cute, simple games included. Feed Gina and love her, her health meter increases. She will give kisses and eat strawberries. Treat her badly and she gets sad and her health meter goes down. No kisses after that!

Leo the Lightning Bug - another interactive book with a very cute story about a lightning bug who learns to believe in himself. Another good for early reading, also is a cute story that entertains my eldest, 8 year old.

Star Chart (or Google Sky) - great for fostering interest in Astronomy. Beautiful sky charts. Probably good for any age, but especially good for young kids since there are neat renderings of the various constellations such as pegasus, serpent, Ursa Major, etc.

K-12 Math Sampler - Early mathematics application from a popular nationwide cyberschool. Ages 5+.

Alphabet Find - Good for letter, number and shape recognition. Has timed and free play. Correct answer starts to "bounce" to decrease frustration for child.

Fun apps:
Bubble Blast - sneaks a little cause and effect, problem solving in there.
Connect Em - again, simple yet fun game that has problem solving and a little math involved.
Chess, Checkers, Reversi, Go, Backgammon - all free/paid versions great for on the go.

Apps for Autism: (working on full list)
Gravilux - good for self soothing
Spirograph - again, good for self soothing
Bubbles - simple, tap to blow bubbles, tap to pop. Great for gaining attention or offering a reward for non-preferred tasks.
itouch Learn Feelings - basic identification of emotions, simple interface
What's Different - good for all kids, but presents material in a way that can help kids who might be struggling. Basic problem solving - 4 items given, choose what does not belong in the group.
YATA - Yet Another Timer Application - great for a visual timer aid
Behavior Status - another visual with a simple traffic light to give child feedback regarding inappropriate behavior.

Interesting apps for soothing:
There is a company called "Color" which puts out Theta/Delta apps and other brainwave entrainment applications. We use them when DS is anxious or stimming. We also use them for the adults in our home and I can seriously vouch that "Deep Sleep" works like a charm, even on me and I am prone to insomnia. Our favorites -
Deep Sleep 5X
Complete Theta
Awakened Mind

Untested but also for communication:
TapToTalk - AAC App (available on Amazon App Store)
Discover My Voice - AAC app, expensive, but developer will allow a free trial.
Jab talk - AAC app, one of the more afforable AAC apps out there.
Voice 4 U - Again, AAC app on Amazon App Store
AAC Speech Buddy - obviously another AAC app!
Life Skills Winner Pro - focus on self-help skills. Lite version for free.
Pocket SLP - phone and tablet version. Speech therapy application, flahscard based. (hoping to soon try!)
R intensive - another speech therapy app focusing on those notoriously hard to master R's

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 7:17:48 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
Excellent thought Wix! I applaud your effort :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 12:34:22 PM PST
Wix says:
Thanks, I know when I first got a tablet I would have loved to have a list to search from. Android Market is a pain to search when you are looking for kids apps. Going to add some more tonight after school. :)

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 3:36:26 PM PST
SISSYGIRL says:
Yes i agree with you C.S. . Wix has done a great job which will help alot of ppl.
Yeah for her teamwork!!!! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 4:53:00 PM PST
Wix says:
More than happy to help!

I have so many therapists around here that think they need iPads to work with kids. Most schools aren't into spending that kind of money in the face of cutting staff and programs and most therapists just cannot afford the expense on their own. So I am slowly introducing the Android experience to some of the teachers and therapists - hoping these developers keep investing the time into making Android apps since as of right now it is a much more affordable platform for those with special ed kids (such as myself).

Added a few more. ;)

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 4:06:47 PM PST
SISSYGIRL says:
I need to check out the deep sleep 5x, is that in the market and free?
I get 4 hrs sleep a night.,

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 5:47:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2012 5:48:16 PM PST
Wix says:
It is 1.99 and on the Market. I put my tablet on the night stand and play it before bed. Really helps wind down after a stressful day! Might be able to find something similar for free, but I love Color's apps so much. you can search for either "theta waves" "delta waves" or "brain entrainment" for more ideas. We have 10 of the Color apps, those 3 are my favorite. Hope this helps, and I can relate to the lack of sleep! After about 5-10 minutes of the Deep Sleep app I can barely keep my eyes open.

A little side note, Amazon has an MP3 album labeled "Native American Flute Lullabies" Native American Flute Lullabies and many free tracks from that, too. Not quite as good as the Deep Sleep app, but good for just general de-stressing. If you have Amazon's MP3 app you can play this music from the Cloud, or download it to your device. This year I got a whole bunch of free Christmas music, just thought I would share.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 2:35:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2012 2:35:59 AM PDT
Amadeus says:
For kids try Memory Owl Free. It uses physics engine. Has quite nice graphics and music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 10:40:18 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Thanks, Thomas. I'll have a look at it. Not sure Wix is still updating this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 9:15:31 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Turns out, it's pretty good. Just finished the review for it. The two that were there already were pretty worthless.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 9:17:36 AM PDT
Wix says:
i'd love to keep it updated but my personal life has gotten in the way of everything lately!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 9:20:42 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
LOL I know how that goes!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:40:58 PM PST
Julie Tong says:
Hey....these R great suggestions. I have 2 autistic sons. I use android phone...wondering when contract is up if I should get IPhone...so anyhow wanted to ask you what's your suggestion for a tablet. Android, Window or IPad...thanks for your time

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:52:00 PM PST
Julie Tong says:
Hey....these R great suggestions. I have 2 autistic sons. I use android phone...wondering when contract is up if I should get IPhone...so anyhow wanted to ask you what's your suggestion for a tablet. Android, Window or IPad...thanks for your time

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:52:10 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
Just to make sure you understand what's possible, when you get a new phone, you can continue to let the boys use your old one, just without cell service. You can use the home wifi only and they can continue to use the apps you've already gotten for them.
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