A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alphabytes is an educational app that helps kids learn their letters, the sounds letters make, how to write both upper and lower case letters, and how to spell a few words. The game is divided into four sections: Alphabet, Trace, Spell, and Play. In Alphabet, kids tap on a letter, and an image appears that starts with that letter. The narrator says the letter and the word out loud. Kids can then interact with the image. Also, tapping on the letter or word on the screen has the narrator repeat them. Each of the 26 letters has an interactive image. Trace teaches kids how to print both upper and lower case letters. Once a letter is chosen, the letter outline is given, with numbers and arrows to guide kids in tracing. This guide can be turned off. Spell takes the 26 words used in the Alphabet portion and requires kids to tap letters to go into spots to spell the words. The letter spots have the required letters marked in them, but this can be turned off. More letters than are needed are given, and letters need not be tapped in order. Play has a memory game where kids match letters with the picture of an item that begins with that letter.
Is it any good?
ALPHABYTES is a multi-faceted and multi-level app that teaches kids their alphabet, printing, and some spelling while they have fun. There is a lot to this app, and it offers hours of play for preschool and early elementary kids. The interactive images in the Alphabet section will keep the kids playing. There, certain letters allow even more interaction and learning. N teaches kids the numbers 1 through 10. P allows kids to draw with a pencil. Some of the letters also make use of tilting the device. The interface is attractive and very intuitive. Kids will be able to use the app with very little direction.