HooplaKidz Fun with ABC and 123

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Basic preschool skills in simple, pricey package.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about letter and number identification, alphabet object identification, counting, and color recognition through interactive play. Kids drag puzzle pieces together to make each letter of the alphabet and then identify objects that begin with that letter. As they work with numbers and colors, kids put more puzzles together to make a shape and then either count the shapes that pop up on the screen or identify the color of the shape. Kids also are challenged to complete letter- and number-sequencing activities in which they identify and drag a missing letter or number into place to complete a sequence. They can work on these more difficult activities without having to complete easier levels. HooplaKidz Fun with ABC and 123 offers basic practice for preschool skills, but its relatively hefty price tag offers few unique features.

Ease of Play

Large graphics and easy-to-understand audio instructions make navigation a snap for little ones.

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Link to the developer's other apps on the main screen, which can be unlocked by entering a spelled-out number sequence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HooplaKidz Fun with ABC and 123 is a game that teaches kids about letters, numbers, and colors. It's colorfully designed, the game controls are easy for little fingers to use, and simple audio instructions are on-target for preschoolers. Though it's totally appropriate and cute for preschoolers, its generally repetitive and relatively basic, especially for its price.

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What's it about?

Kids start by tapping the play button on the main screen, which prompts a bright and colorful train, driven by a friendly character who repeatedly says hello. This is likely intended to engage kids, but it's oddly off-putting (though it may not bother little ones). There are five train cars, each offering a different activity. Kids select an activity by tapping on a car, and they can return to the main train screen at any time. No reading is required because there are audio instructions. Kids can tap a sound icon to hear the instructions again, and if they want to repeat any of the activities, there will be some variety. For example, kids might have to identify an apple as the "A" object in one round and an alligator as the "A" object in another round. However, the overall tasks across activities do not offer much variation.

Is it any good?

HOOPLAKIDZ FUN WITH ABC AND 123 gives kids an opportunity to learn and practice basic preschool skills. The colorful graphics are ideal for little fingers, and audio instructions guide kids without the need for reading. Overall, there's nothing different or special in this game than many others, and it might prove too repetitive for some kids. More variety across the activities could keep kids engaged for longer, and an opportunity to track progress could help parents identify how much kids are learning and improving.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about objects around the house or outside that begin with different letters of the alphabet.

  • Reinforce the number activities by having kids count everyday objects such as pennies or buttons.

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