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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ABC Play is an entertaining educational app about all sorts of sports, from more traditional types like football and basketball to lesser-known sports like underwater hockey. 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's it about?
Kids playing ABC Play can learn the alphabet by tapping on letters and hearing them pronounced, and seeing words that begin with those letters. Also, they will learn about various sports by seeing photographs and watching videos of them being played. Each letter has several photos of sports beginning with that letter, and there are curated YouTube videos chosen of each sport, showing athletes playing or competing.
Is it any good?
ABC PLAY is an excellent app for young children to explore the ABCs. The app starts with a grid with the letters of the alphabet scattered across it, as well as at least one sport for each letter. Tapping on a letter brings up one of the words starting with that letter, or you can tap a specific 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, 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.
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. The videos are a great way to see the sports in action, and the photos (selected from Creative Commons licensed images) are nicely chosen.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: March 30, 2011
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Sports and martial arts
- Size: 54.00 MB
- Publisher: Peapod Labs LLC
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
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