Monday, June 20, 2011

Madera and Figaro Save the Day

App Name/Publisher: Madera and Figaro Save the Day/Lyn and Line LLC

DescriptionMadera and Figaro is an interactive book app in which the two main characters need to scramble and solve problems in order to make their town's party happen that night (after a storm damages the stage and party grounds).  There is minimal text in the story, but much audio narration and interactivity. Readers will guide Madera and Figaro to complete tasks such as moving piles of dirt out of the road and decorating a cake through drag and drop movements. The app is reminiscent of the "Living Books" series in that there are many "hidden" animations one must tap to find, but there is, again, more interactivity here than in that series.

The list of tasks the characters must accomplish- kids can choose the order, making this a good app for return visits.

Therapy Use: This app can be used to elicit a lot of language through referencing the pictures, actions of the characters, concepts and categories involved. Madera and Figaro's interactions with tools, shapes, colors, and musical instruments invite the teaching of categories in context.  Additionally, the problem-based nature of the story will provide good opportunities to model and elicit spatial, causal, and sequential concepts and structures.  Additionally, the clear narrative structure makes it a good model for story mapping.

The stage, once fixed, can be used to explore musical instruments.

App Benefits/Likes: Fun, story-based interface with embedded language targets.

Cautions: Animations can be a little sticky at times (used on iPad 1)

App Summary

Skill(s) Targeted
Articulation & Phonology (if target words emphasized by clinician)
Expressive & Receptive Language

Age/Grade Levels Targeted

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release
Hold and drag

Type of Device
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


Would you recommend this app?

Reviewed by
Sean J. Sweeney M.S., M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Review Date
June 19, 2011


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