A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the names of shapes, numbers through nine, and the letters of the alphabet. The Learn section gives kids the opportunity to recognize the written names of shapes and numbers, but this skill is omitted from the Quiz section. Alphabet Book achieves its simple learning goal well -- shape, number, and letter naming -- but misses out on opportunities to incorporate more learning.
Ease of Play
Simply touch the screen to view different cards and choose correct answers.
Products & Purchases
Advertisements pop up along the bottom and the top of the screen, encouraging kids to purchase other games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alphabet Book is a kids app that aims help children learn to identify letters, shapes, and numbers. In the "learn" section, kids can scroll through different shapes, numbers, and letters while a narrator pronounces each item. After spending time learning each category, kids can go to the quiz section, where they will be tested on their knowledge. The quiz section displays four different cards, then asks the player to identify the correct item. Correct answers get applause; incorrect answers get a very loud and discouraging "buzz."
Is It Any Good?
ALPHABET BOOK's bright colors and clear pronunciation make this app a potentially engaging way for kids to learn to identify capital letters, numbers, and shapes. The quiz section can be fun for kids who enjoy showing what they know, although the loud, discouraging buzz for incorrect answers can be startling. That -- and the very distracting advertisements -- prevent Alphabet Book from being a great learning tool.
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