Parents' Guide to

Endless Wordplay

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Stellar phonics and word construction fun for a hefty price.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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With a focus on rhyming and phonetic sounds, kids can get great practice decoding how letters form sounds that form words. Unfortunately, it costs more than many parents can pay. It makes a good attempt to address the peculiarities of the English language, in which letters make all sorts of different sounds depending on the words they're in: When kids tap a letter they hear the letter's default sound, but as they place the letter in a word, they hear how it changes its sound as a result of the letters around it. Also, hints nicely point out that "lap" is like "map" but starts with an "m." The sentences and animations that follow each group of three words is a great way to see the words in context, though some sentences are such a stretch they seem more awkward than helpful, and reading them more slowly would help early readers. The biggest disadvantage is the price, which might prevent parents from purchasing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, phonics, spelling, vocabulary
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Free download offers limited content; additional levels available as in-purchases ranging from $6.99 to $14.99)
  • Release date: June 3, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Robots
  • Publisher: Originator Inc.
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 27, 2016

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