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Visual Perception and Matching Apps

 Balloons (by: Zippz Software)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

In this app kids pop balloons according to the directions given. You can choose between 3 categories: colors, numbers, and animals. In each round 5 waves of balloons will appear. Kids are prompted to pop the balloons according to the instructions given. Hints can be turned on so kids can see a visual of the instructions.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching colors, numbers, and animals
  • Identifying colors, numbers, and animals
  • Finger isolation
 Build it up (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 in app purchase for full version

This app consists of 9 stacking games. Kids build the picture from the bottom up. Pictures include: blocks, rings, snowman, cake, clown, ship, presents, a pyramid of kids, and a castle.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual perceptual (which piece comes first?)
  • Finger isolation and dragging
 Candy Train (by: 4th & Battery by Pop Cap)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

This is a puzzle game where players must change the orientation of railroad pieces so the train can keep running. Players tap tiles to rotate them. The goal is to collect as many train cars as possible. There are also treats to collect along the way.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual perception, tracking - players watch the train move to predict where it will be on the track
  • Sequencing and planning
 Families 1  and Families 2 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 12/5/11): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version

In these app students are shown 3 objects and are asked to pick a fourth object that best fits with the others. The free version gives you access to 2 games. The full version has a total of 6 games.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual perceptual/matching
  • Finger isolation and dragging
 I Spy Riddle Race (by: Scholastic, Inc.)
Price: (as of 8/27/12): $0.99

This app is based on the I Spy Books. Players listen to a riddle and try to find the objects hidden in the pictures.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual perception, scanning, figure ground
  • Fine motor - finger isolation
  • Listening
  • Reading
 Little Matchups ABC Alphabet (by: GrasshopperApps.com)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free

In this app, kids match upper and lower case letters and/or letters and their sounds. There are four libraries to choose from (ABC Animals and Sounds, ABC Letter Names, ABC Letter Sounds, and ABC Letters and Sounds). You can choose to have 1 or more of the libraries show up in the game. You can also create custom libraries with your own items to match or add to the existing libraries.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching
  • Language - identifying letters and letter sounds
 Little Matchups Tell Time (by: GrasshopperApps.com)
Price (as of 8/12/12): Free

In this app you drag pictures to match digital and analogue times. Like many of the Grasshopper matching games, this app is customizable and you can add your own images. You can also control the number of times shown and what times are shown.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching
  • Telling Time
 Match it up 1 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

This is the first of three matching apps by My First App. The full version consists of 9 matching games where kids match objects such as vegetables, vehicles, animals, toys, musical instruments, fruit, shapes, colors, and butterflies. In the free version you have access to the first two games. The other games can be purchased for $0.99 with an in app purchase.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching shapes and colors
  • Fine motor - finger isolation and dragging
 Match it up 2 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

Match it up 2 is the second of three matching apps by My First App. The full version consists of 9 matching games including: 1. complete the half, 2. matching objects to a silhouette, 3. matching animals to part of their body, 4. matching the whole fruit to half of the fruit, 5. matching objects to their outline, 6. matching baby and mama animals, 7. matching big and little, 8. completing a family, and 9. matching a right side up image to an upside down image.

Functional Skills:
  • Matching
  • Fine motor - finger isolation, dragging
 Match it up 3 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for 2 games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

This is the third of 3 matching apps by My First App. Like the other apps, there are 9 matching games. The free version gives you access to the first two. The majority of the games in this app involve finding what is missing in the picture or choosing the object that is most associated with the given object.

Functional Skills
  • Visual Perception - completing pictures
  • Fine Motor - finger isolation, dragging
 MatrixMatch1 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for first two games, $0.99 for full version with in app purcha

In this game you are show a 4x4 grid with different colored shapes on the top and side of the grid. You are given a completed shape and asked to identify which item from the top and which item from the side can be combined to make the completed shape. The different colors make this matrix game easier for younger children as compared to MatrixMatch2.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual Perception
 MatrixMatch2 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for first two games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

In this game you are shown a 4x4 grid with 4 shapes on the top and 4 shapes down the side. You are then given a picture and asked to identify which item from the top and which item from the side can be combined to make that picture. Some of the games are quite ease and some are actually a little challenging.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual Perception
 My Mosaic (by: My First App)
Price (as of 8/27/12): Free for first two games, $0.99 for full version with in app purchase

In this game you move colored pieces to complete a mosaic by following a pattern.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual Perception
  • Color recognition and matching
  • Following patterns and directions
 Pictureka (by: Electronic Arts Inc.)
Price (as of 8/27/12): $4.99

This app is based off the Pictureka board game by Hasbro. It is an I Spy type game where players race to find items in a given category (such as "things you eat"). At times, players are also asked to find a specific object (after being shown a picture of that object). This may be played as a single or multi player game.

Functional Skills:
  • Visual Perception, scanning, figure ground
  • Categories/language
  • Matching
  • Fine Motor
  • Sequencing and taking turns
 Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 9/12/12): Free for lite versions, $1.99 for full versions)

In these apps you are given 5 pictures. You have to sequence the pictures by dragging them into boxes in the correct order.

Functional Skills:
  • Sequencing
  • Fine motor/finger isolation
 Sort It Out 1 and Sort It Out 2 (by: My First App)
Price (as of 9/12/12): Free for lite versions, $1.99 for full versions

These apps ask you to sort objects into three different categories. For example, in one on the screens you are given a picture of a sky, road, and river. On the bottom of the screen are different types of vehicles including boats, cars, and planes. Students drag the object to the correct place on the picture (car on road, plane in sky, etc.)

Functional Skills:
  • Categories/sorting
  • Fine motor