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GazziliWords

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Early general education app promotes reading and play.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about a bunch of common topics from GazziliWords (formerly GoodieWords). They range from social skills such as patience, to learning about the function of skin, to science topics like how plants grow. Though the app covers a wide range, the topics are relevant to young kids, and many of the topics are things parents may not even think to explain -- such as fingerprints. GazziliWords is a good way to get kids thinking about questions about their world and is also a good parent-kid conversation starter.

Ease of play

It is clear how to interact with the game. Game instructions and instructional text are read aloud. These options can also be turned off.

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Consumerism

There are links to visit the publisher's website, to see the app in iTunes, or to share information about the app over email, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GazziliWords is an educational app that teaches basic concepts in science, art, health, life skills, and other areas. On each of its 18 different topics, including concepts such as time, electricity, art, balance, and fingerprints, the app will display and read a page of background information (or the app can be set for kids to read to themselves), and then kids play a related activity or game. Kids interact with the device through tilting, tapping, blowing, and dragging.

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What's it about?

GazziliWords presents kids with 24 topics. With each topic, kids hear brief questions kids might ask, and then a short explanation. The explanations occasionally include words and concepts that parents may need to explain further. Each topic also includes a cute, interactive activity that illustrates the topic. For example, for patience, the activity is fishing, where kids have to wait for the fish and pull the hook as they swim by. Some activities are better than others, but overall, they are great conversation starters.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GAZZILIWORDS acts as a virtual playground for kids to explore concepts such as strength, the food pyramid, and creating art. The music is cheerful, and the reading voice gentle. Although most of the activities take some amount of dexterity, overall they are easy to play. Kids interact with the device in a variety of ways to accomplish the goals of each playful activity. GazziliWords combines instruction, play, and experimentation to give kids the opportunity to use what they learn while having fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Continue the conversation that GazziliWords starts, showing kids how the topics are relevant in their real world.

  • Reinforce how the activity relates back to the topic.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Science: astronomy, electricity, plants
Hobbies: gardening
Arts: painting
Skills:Communication: asking questions
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, body awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Responsibility & Ethics: respect for others
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 15, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:162.00 MB
Publisher:GazziliWorld
Version:1.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Parent Written bymoderndayquilts May 29, 2013

Wonderful!

This is such a great app. It combines words and vocabulary with physical dexterity (moving things around on the screen) as well as learning categories of different things. This is a great app and is highly entertaining as well as educational!
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