Avokiddo ABC Ride

Common Sense Media says

Adorable and adaptable alliterative alphabet adventure.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A home-screen icon advertising another app from the developer links to the App Store; it has a "hold for three seconds" kid-lock code.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The reader-friendly privacy policy for apps explains that no personal or location data is collected from kids. Parents can subscribe to a newsletter and contact the developer for help from the kid-locked parent section.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The variety of activities offered for each letter will delight and entertain kids. Narration and graphics are both top-notch, making for a engaging design.

Learning Approach

The experience is adaptive for a variety of skill levels and can grow with kids from letter recognition into phonics and later sight words. Kids are empowered to solve each problem in their own way to discover the letters.

Support

Kids are supposed to interact and discover on their own how to work through each adventure, so there are no hints or instructions beyond the alliterative poem that tells them what to discover. There's no rush to beat a timer, though, so kids can explore as long as they need. You can customize the learning experience in the parent section.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 16, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Numbers and letters
Size:101.00 MB
Publisher:Avokiddo E. Katsantonis & sia e.e.
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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