First Words Halloween

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Mildly spooky app flexible for pre-readers, early spellers.

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age 3+
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Ease of Play

Letters are dragged in any order (unless you change the settings to say it must be done left-to-right) to boxes where the letter is visible but slightly grayed out. Most young kids will grasp this right away.

Violence & Scariness

They're Halloween images, yes, but the spider is wearing a pink bow tie and the skull is bright orange.

Sexy Stuff

There are links on the title page to Twitter, Facebook, and a page with more game recommendations.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FIRST WORDS HALLOWEEN is a very straightforward word-building game focused on favorite Halloween objects and costumes. Some of the images may represent the frightful spirit of the season, but their depictions are cute rather than scary, such as a spider wearing a pink bow tie. Words are either said letter by letter as they are dragged into the appropriate gray boxes or, if chosen in the settings, a smaller set of words can be sounded out with phonics. This makes this game a treat for both pre-readers and early spellers.

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Is it any good?

FIRST WORDS HALLOWEEN may have a short shelf-life, as do all things Halloween, but the good news is that if you buy it for pre-readers this year, it can still be useful in the early reader/early speller years to come. Kids will grasp the drag-and-drop concept immediately and will enjoy seeing their favorite Halloween characters and costumes. A phonics setting helps out kids just getting the basics down, and the grayed-out but visible letters help as well. As kids get older you can switch to spelling letter by letter, gray out the letters entirely, and make them drop each letter in the correct order. After a few rounds on the toughest setting, expect all your kid's fun Halloween stories to include A+ spelling.

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