Toontastic App News & Tips



{Toontastic App News & Tips} There was lots of buzz in the app world today about the release of the new Toontastic 3D app ( Very exciting to see a new app but I immediately wondered if the beloved original Toontastic apps were still available. These are mainstays for language and storytelling on many speechie iPads.

I just checked the USA App Store and was sad to see that as of the time of this post both the original Toontastic and Toontastic Jr. Pirates apps had been removed as options for new downloads.

Fortunately both are still available out in the cloud at the time of this post if you had previously downloaded them.

  • If these are apps your students / patients are accustomed to using in speech therapy sessions, I would highly suggest immediately downloading both and then backing up that device by plugging it into a computer on iTunes.

My guess is that both of those older apps may eventually disappear all together. Which would be unfortunate since according to the App Store description it appears that the new Toontastic 3D app only works on newer devices running iOS 9.0 or higher.

Many schools and facilities like the one where I work are still using older iPads that the new app won’t work on. If this is the case for you, consider this your “heads up” to get the original apps while they are still in the cloud.

Okay…. So thoughts about the new app? I’ve explored it a bit today. Yes the 3D graphics are cool and the transitions between scenes are a bit smoother but there are far fewer choices for scene backgrounds & characters. My hope is they eventually add more but I’m definitely keeping the original versions of the Toontastic apps installed too so I don’t lose them.
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.