Another day, another app. I found out about this app from being that person on the bus into campus this morning. When I say that person, I mean the one who happens to sit next to you and then not-so-secretly watches you play on your iPad for 15 straight minutes. As we were approaching my stop, I mumbled the following incoherent, awkward question: “Heywhatgameareyouplayingthere?” This poor fellow bus rider looked at me like I was insane, but played nice and told me that it’s called Word Stack.
I had watched her play for a mere quarter of an hour and already knew this was a game that had me hooked. She was having trouble getting through her current level, and I had already figured out the word relationships in my head and was literally (Chris Traeger style: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-presents-literally-the-funniest-video-of-al/) dying to impart this information. BUT, I waited patiently while she explained the rules of the game and then finnnnnaly asked if I could figure out the current level. By the time I reached my stop, I’d made a friend (per say) and discovered a great new app to share with all of YOU!
So, what exactly is Word Stack? It’s a game of word relationships (language!!!). You are given a starter word in green on the right side of the screen, and 8 additional words in blue on the left. Your job is to stack the words one by one in the column on the right. Each word that gets added must have some kind of appropriate semantic relationship with the top word in the stack in the column on the right to make it stick and turn green (synonyms, antonyms, compound word pairs).
This game is fantastic for older kids working on language, especially for semantic relationships and word relationships. Although you can’t control how each word will relate to its corresponding word in the list (synonym vs antonym vs compound word), this is a fun way to practice those skills as your clients acquire them! I also see this app being used very well with adult clients with acquired language impairments. You can play independently or in a group (either pass the iPad after each word is stacked or have everyone work together to solve the relationship). Sometimes, multiple words could possibly fit in some kind of relationship with the one already in the stack, but you will be stuck later if you choose the wrong one early on! LOTS of problem-solving skills involved here!
Price: $0.99 Less than a buck for LOTS of levels, LOTS of language therapy opportunities, and LOTS of fun! There’s also a free version, but I went straight for the paid one!