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Interactive Alphabet

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Kids learn letters and sounds through interactive play.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the alphabet and letter sounds with Interactive Alphabet. They see a letter, hear its sound, and see a picture of a word that begins with that sound. Touching a letter repeats the letter name and sound. Touching a word repeats the word. Touching a picture offers fun surprises, like cracking eggs and flying kites. Kids will enjoy learning the letters, but there's no data for which letters are reviewed or mastered. Interactive Alphabet is a fun way for kids to experience letters and phonics, but it would benefit from better feedback and encouragement.

Ease of play

The app is very intuitive to play, and it also includes a visual help screen off the main page. The images on the screen give clues as to how to interact with the animated features. From the main page, there's a Baby Mode that allows parents to choose where the app will automatically turn the pages for the child.

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Consumerism

There's a small link on the main page to the developer's site containing activities related to the app, and the opportunity to submit a review to the App Store or to submit a suggestion.

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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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk to kids about the starting sounds in words. "I'm cracking the eggs for your breakfast. E-e-eggs starts with E."

  • When reading books together, let kids point out letters they recognize and help them begin to understand that letter sounds combine to make words.

App details

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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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 27, 2012

interactive alphabet abc flash cards

animation is playful and colorful.
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