A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
While Alphabots was created for educational purposes, we don't recommend it for learning because the educational design and objectives aren't well-suited for preschoolers who are learning the alphabet.
Ease of Play
Kids just learning letters may find the graphic representations confusing. They must tap the arrow button or play to advance through the games, which isn't intuitive for this target audience.
Products & Purchases
A link to other apps by the developer is visible only on the start screen and is protected by a kid-lock code.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alphabots includes six mechanical-themed, alphabet-related activities -- learn, find, build, turn, slide, and spell -- to help kids master the ABCs. Some preschoolers may find the computer-generated robot voice difficult to understand and the letters assembled from mechanical parts hard to recognize. Kids also must tap arrows or the next word to advance to another activity, but there are no verbal or visual cues to draw their attention to it.
Is It Any Good?
Incorporating STEM into everything isn't always a great educational idea. Letters formed using mechanical parts are a cute abstract representation, but preschoolers learning to recognize and form letters are not going to benefit from approximations. The interface isn't very preschooler-friendly, either, with no visual cues or verbal instructions. The vocabulary in the spelling section also isn't on-target for this age range. While learning specific terms such as "fuse" and "axle" is great, words such as "tec" and "klic" (if they're actually even words) will confuse emerging spellers.
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