A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Interactive Alphabet is an educational experience for toddlers and preschoolers that will help them learn the alphabet and the sounds letters make. From the main page, kids can choose to listen to an alphabet song, or they can play with a specific letter of the alphabet. Each letter has its own flash card with text such as "Aa is for Apple" along with an image of an apple. The app reads the text to the child, including making the letter sound. Every letter's flash card is interactive, allowing kids to tap or drag to make things happen. Kids can then tap the corner to go to the next letter, or tap ABC to go back to the main menu. From the main menu, there's also a Baby Mode that can be activated, which will automatically turn the pages for kids. On the main page, there are options to change or turn off the background music. The app's sounds can be loud, especially if headphones are used.
What's it about?
Kids see the capital and lowercase form of each letter of the alphabet, hear the letter and its sound, and interact with a picture of an item that begins with that letter. Kids have the option of hearing the alphabet song, and parents can set the game to "baby mode" to automatically advance to the next letter. Each flash card is interactive. For B, beach, kids can build a sand castle by tapping the picture. For X, kids can play the xylophone. H and L offer extra fun with a bonus picture.
Is it any good?
Playing with Interactive Alphabet is an entertaining and clever way to learn the alphabet and the sounds letters make. Each screen has a fun activity, allowing interaction with an object that starts with that particular letter. Some screens provide more than one thing to do, and some will hold kids' interest longer, such as drawing on the "Qq is for Quill" page and playing the instrument on the "Xx is for Xylophone" page. Tapping the words will cause them to be read again. The attention to detail in this game is great, and all the artwork and animation is playful and colorful.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics
- Skills: Communication: listening
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 12, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 130.00 MB
- Publisher: Piikea St. LLC
- Version: 3.10
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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