Teaches ABCs and online literacy at the same time.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is well designed for small children, with only a few different places to tap and no way to get lost or misdirected. It is very easy to get back to the ABC screen, but children can also jump to another word by tapping a letter in a word.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ABC Go is an innovative teaching app about things that go, from vehicles to roller coasters to unicycles. The app links to YouTube videos that are curated by the Peapod Labs staff and are chosen to be interesting and safe for kids. The app teaches the alphabet using images and videos and allows kids to jump to new words by tapping the letters.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary


Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support


Colorful, easy-to-understand activities and videos should keep kids interested, especially for those who are crazy about vehicles. 

Learning Approach

Kids will learn the letters and see how they come together to make words -- in this case, words for various forms of transportation. Kids also will learn interesting facts about the vehicles in the tidbits that pop up when the exclamation point is tapped, and they’ll be amazed at accompanying YouTube videos of vehicles in action.


The app has a corresponding website that contains a FAQ, a blog, and extra activities that families can do together. 

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary


Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn letters and letter sounds at the beginnings of words as they discover things that "go," from airplanes to zeppelins. They'll find much to explore as they swipe through the screens and view pictures and videos of the different modes of transportation. The app weaves the high-interest topic of transportation in with the alphabet, reinforcing learning letters. This engaging app will fascinate little ones interested in things that go while teaching them the alphabet.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

Kids choose letters and then see several things that start with that letter. Kids choose a square for one of the vehicles -- like bicycle, blimp, buggy, bulldozer, or bumper car for B -- and then see the word spelled out. Kids can scroll through several pictures of the vehicle and watch videos of it in action or interact with a picture of it. Kids can also choose a different letter in the word to go to a screen showing vehicles that start with that letter.

Is it any good?


ABC GO is a great idea for young children exploring the alphabet. The app starts with a grid with the letters of the alphabet scattered across it, as well as at least one word for each letter. Tapping on a letter brings up one of the words starting with that letter, or you can tap a specific word to go to that word. Each word is accompanied by a photo, with the letters beneath held by little people, and a voice reads the initial letter and then the word itself. After a brief pause, another little cartoon person pops down holding a screen, which the child can tap to watch a video about the subject.

Tapping any of the letters held by the people jumps to a word beginning with that letter, and the process repeats. Also, tapping the "abc" button jumps back to the alphabet grid, and the grayed-out squares are replaced by thumbnails of the images already viewed. It's a fantastic app that allows kids to learn the alphabet while watching entertaining videos and exploring links. The app is self-contained and doesn't present any options or settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various modes of transportation. Which vehicle is your kid's favorite? Why? 

  • Find opportunities in real life to continue ABC Go's alphabet-learning activities -- have kids spell out vehicle names while you're on the way to school.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:January 29, 2011
Publisher:Peapod Labs LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 5 years old June 24, 2012

i luv this one

My first alphabets with some talking characters is a better option
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 23, 2012

abc go

self-contained and doesn't present any options or settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.


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