Faces iMake - ABC




Art is the focus of clever preschool alphabet app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The drag-and-drop controls are intuitive, and the puzzle pieces slide into place if dragged near the correct location.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Faces iMake ABC is an educational app designed specifically for preschoolers. The app exposes kids to letters of the alphabet and objects that begin with each letter as they put together artistic puzzles based on artwork by renowned artist Hanoch Piven.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition


  • drawing


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support


Hanoch Piven's fascinating collage-based art will draw kids in.

Learning Approach

The ABCs are not so much the focus as creating something new and looking at everyday objects differently. The puzzle play is preschool-appropriate.


Verbal direction pipes up as needed, but the controls are pretty intuitive even for a preschooler. There's no tracking of puzzles completed or letters mastered, but that's not necessarily the goal.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition


  • drawing


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn to recognize capital letters and words that start with that letter as well as to notice shapes in everyday objects. The app allows kids to learn about creativity as they appreciate the pictures, and kids use problem-solving skills to solve the puzzle and reassemble the broken picture. Faces iMake ABCs does a beautiful job integrating several preschool skills into one fun and whimsical app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids choose a letter from the alphabet, shown at the bottom of the screen, and then see and hear the letter on screen. They tap the letter again to make an object appear that begins with that letter -- like a robot for R. Then, "uh-oh," the object breaks apart into pieces that are actually everyday objects, like buttons or fruit, and kids have to reassemble the picture.

Is it any good?


FACES I MAKE - ABC is easy for kids to navigate, with the directions and gentle encouragement voiced by artist Hanoch Piven. "Hello, are you still there?" he asks after delayed responses. It would be nice to have the option of lowercase letters, but the focus is mostly on the art. Some items are placed on top of others partially, making some puzzles trickier than others, but the developers placed easier puzzles at the beginning of the alphabet so that the challenge slowly builds.

Families can talk about...

  • Give kids access to a variety of objects to create their own collage. Tie their creations in with a certain letter to add another level of learning.

  • Play a guessing game based on collages you create, giving your kid a clue of the letter the object begins with.

App details

Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 7, 2013
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:199.00 MB
Publisher:iMagine Machine LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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