Elmo Loves ABCs
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elmo Loves ABCs is an engaging, multi-faceted app for learning the alphabet. In one mode of game play, kids will choose a letter, trace it, watch three video clips about items that start with that letter, color in pictures of those items, and play a hide and seek game. In another mode of play, kids will identify a letter from a group (in uppercase and lowercase), hear the sound that letter makes, identify an item from a group that begins with that letter, and see the video for that item. A music note link from the game page plays one of four video renditions of the alphabet song, including one version where Elmo invites you to sing along. These many features bring the app to a sizeable 600+ MB. Frequent instructions and encouragement are given by Elmo often during the game, which requires tapping and active participation throughout. Kids who can trace and identify letters can basically move through the game on their own. Learners before that stage will want more help from parents, while learners after that stage will find good practice and reinforcement, but not much challenge. A link from the main page gives the option of buying more games; but its default position is to be locked. Parents will want to keep the store lock enabled to prevent purchases.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Collection of mini-episodes from Sesame Street with a variety of engaging interactive activities perfect for preschoolers. Learning the alphabet is fun with Elmo.
Several forms of interactive media build on one another to teach kids the shapes and sounds of letters. For example, tracing is followed by the association with objects through games and videos.
Elmo gives oral instructions for play at each step. After a few seconds elapse without action, Elmo gives more clues for play, with some visual aids.
Is it any good?
ELMO LOVES ABCS combines a collection of mini-episodes from the Sesame Street TV show with a variety of engaging interactive activities that are just perfect for preschoolers. Learning the alphabet becomes fun as your child actively plays with Elmo. This app uses many interactive aspects of alphabet learning including tracing, letter recognition, object association, and singing the alphabet song. The video clips give the app variety, and the two modes of play complement one another. Elmo's narration is positive and helpful, if a bit repetitive for parents. Kids who already love Elmo will love learning the ABCs with him.
Families can talk about...
Create your own digital items, starting with different letters to add to those available in the app.
Encourage kids to tap the star to go to the harder mode of selecting letters and objects, instead of tracing and coloring them.
Keep an eye on the available stats of your kids' use to see where they need encouragement or help.