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Chicktionary

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Egg-tertaining game builds young vocabularies.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn a little vocabulary and spelling with this fun word game. As players try to find words to fill the egg crates, they are encouraged to push themselves to make longer words. If players want to know the meaning of a word, they can tap on it to pause the game and access an online search for the term. Players who are interested in learning new words will benefit from the word review option at the end of each game. Chicktionary is an entertaining word game that can build vocab and spelling skills for players who make that a priority.

Ease of play

Playing is easy; filling the crates is hard. Tiles can be rearranged for fresh ideas manually or by shaking the device. The game also offers one free bird (free word) and beak sneaks, which fill in one letter.

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Consumerism

A button on the menu links directly to the App Store.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chicktionary is a fun "edutainment" word game with a poultry theme. The goal of Chicktionary is to create as many words as possible from seven letters displayed on a row of cartoon hens. There are many levels, and play can be timed or untimed so the game can be shared between kids. If kids choose to see a definition of their word, they are taken to a web search that can contain unrelated results. There is a free HD version for iPad that has a few additional features and is supported by in-app banner ads. Players can share high scores by connecting the app to Facebook or via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

CHICKTIONARY shows players seven letters (on the bellies of seven chickens), and they must try to create as many words as they can with those letters. Players tap a letter, and an egg with that letter drops below the chickens into the word-building window. When players have a word ready to submit, they tap "Enter." Valid words appear above the chickens in the egg crate. The egg crate holds groups of eggs, which represent all the words players must find to win. The "Beak Sneak" and "Free Bird" buttons provide hints to help struggling players.

Is it any good?

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While the constant clucking in CHICKTIONARY might ruffle some parents' feathers, this cute app makes word challenges fun for kids. Tapped letters drop down as eggs, which are added to an egg crate when kids successfully spell a word. Wrong words receive scolding squawks, and tile shakeups make feathers fly. Older kids might tire of the pervasive chicken theme after a while, but kids practicing their reading skills will find this game a crackup.

Families can talk about...

  • Play Chicktionary as a team with your kids. They can pick up new vocabulary by seeing the words you build.

  • Review the words lists with your kids at the end of a game. Explain the meanings of a few of the words they didn't get.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid, Free
Release date:October 19, 2009
Category:Word Games
Size:9.40 MB
Publisher:Blockdot, Inc.
Version:1.70

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Educator and Parent Written byDEPA June 20, 2013

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This is great for learning new words. If students do not know a word, the app takes them to the dictionary. My students play this game all the time. The first level is free, you have to complete the entire puzzle to go to the next level, which costs money, but it takes a long time.
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Educator and Parent of a 7, 8, 9, and 13 year old Written byMrsCunningham August 29, 2010

Great word game for adults and children alike

I enjoy playing this word game, and was pleasantly surprised to find my 2nd grader enjoyed it as well. We can sit together and work through one of the word puzzles. Of course, it's great fun for mom to do solo as well!
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