What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alien Buddies is a preschool-friendly educational app to introduce kids to pre-reading skills and counting with fun little alien buddies helping them. The games are easy to navigate, and the aliens are cute and silly -- not scary at all. Each game moves pretty quickly, and it won't take kids long to work through the activities.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
The four games in Alien Buddies are fun and easy to play, but they might be too easy.
Kids could concentrate and get the right answers, but they could also master each level by randomly dragging and tapping aliens.
Teacher resources are linked on the home screen, and you can see how and what your students are doing.
What's it about?
Adorable little aliens take kids on a pre-reading journey through space. Kids choose from four games -- match, puzzle, dot-to-dot, or stickers. In match, kids can load aliens onto the right space craft by matching the color, shape, number, or letter. Matches can be made visually, by matching letter to letter, or by listening to the item named and then visually finding the match. In the puzzle game, kids put together pictures of aliens, choosing four-, six-, or eight-piece puzzles. In dot-to-dot, kids form pictures by connecting numbers in order. The sticker game gives kids the chance to create scenes using stickers they've earned in each of the other games.
Is it any good?
These educational activities are pretty fun, and kids will enjoy the aliens' antics as they move around and make funny noises -- like "Oh no!" when one is moved incorrectly or "All right! Whee!" when they are placed correctly. Mastering all of the levels may not take kids very long, though, as there isn't much of a challenge involved and toddlers could even stumble into the correct answers by dragging and dropping indiscriminately.
The matching game has eight short rounds. The puzzle game and dot-to-dot games includes 18 activities each. And kids can choose from eight sticker scenes to embellish. Kids can vary their challenge with the alphabet and numbers, choosing either lowercase or uppercase letters or matching the lowercase letter to the uppercase letter for letter match and choosing numbers 1 to 10, 1 to 20, or 1 to 50 for number match.
Families can talk about...
Look for shapes, colors, numbers, and letters that you encounter in your daily routine and point them out to kids.
To further develop fine motor skills, encourage kids to color with crayons, play with play dough, and string beads. Developing fine motor skills will help with writing skills.