Avokiddo ABC Ride

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Adorable and adaptable alliterative alphabet adventure.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize letters, both uppercase and lowercase. They'll also develop problem-solving skills as they direct their own learning, discovering the letters hidden in each adventure. Kids will practice following verbal instructions since the narrator explains what to do to reveal each letter. Games test concentration (finding the letter under the hat), logic (building a robot and pulling a bucket up from a well), and fine motor skills as kids manipulate objects on the screen with their fingers. Avokiddo ABC Ride can help kids learn letter recognition and other skills in an engaging way.

Ease of Play

Kids tap and explore to get started, discovering that either Beck or Bo should get on the bike. Verbal directions instruct kids what to do at each letter stop. Some letters are trickier to discover than others, but there's no time limit or stress to hurry.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avokiddo ABC Ride continues the adventures of the sibling team Beck and Bo, this time discovering letters. Parents can customize kids' experience in the "for parents" section, choosing uppercase or lowercase letters, letter name or phonics sound, including word spelling or not, presenting letters in random order or alphabet order, and turning off narration and background music. Kids can also choose a specific letter to discover. With minimal instructions, kids discover the fun and learning on their own.

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What's it about?

Beck and Bo ride a bike along a path, discovering adventures and finding letters as they go. The instructions for discovering each letter are delivered alliteratively -- like "Dotty doesn't deserve a dirty diaper. Disclose that d." and "Tie the tire to the tree and take a ride to touch the letter t." Kids then follow the instructions and explore the interactive scene to reveal the letter. Kids can choose which sibling rides and which discovers the letters. Each discovery ends with spelling the word and a celebration.

Is it any good?

Kids are solving problems and having fun while learning about letters. The adventure includes 26 different activities -- one for each letter of the alphabet -- for kids to solve, and each is delightfully fun. Some will challenge kids (like putting the xylophone parts in order or assembling a robot). Others will make them giggle (like jumping on jiggly jelly or changing a dirty diaper). They're all adorable and reinforce letter recognition and discovery. The gentle voice narration won't overstimulate kids, and they'll get lots of encouragement. The graphics and details are impressive -- everything seems to be made from cardboard. The options for customization make this a real winner -- parents can turn off the word spelling for younger players and turn it back on to increase the challenge. Kids can work on uppercase letters or lowercase letters, have sound effects and/or music on or off, and work through the letters in alphabetical order, randomly, or by selecting a specific letter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Go on your own discovery bike ride, looking for objects that start with certain letters.

  • Play an alliterative game together, naming as many things as you each can that start with a certain letter.

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