Kids ABC Phonics

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Build skills with second app in excellent reading series.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic phonics and apply the appropriate letter sounds to build simple words. Kids ABC Phonics helps early readers practice letter recognition by matching the letter they identify to the proper phonetic sound in a fun bubble-popping game. Kids learn phonics blending for three-letter words in a puzzle game. This app is much more fun and interactive than its simpler companion app, Kids ABC Letters, and more effective in moving kids along the path to reading. Kids ABC Phonics is a fun, sticky app for kids on the cusp of early reading.

Ease of Play

Voice-over commands (including verbal cues when a player does something incorrectly), combined with simple choices make this a very easy app for preschoolers to learn and play. For example, a word formation game also includes a puzzle component so players can't spell a word incorrectly -- letters in the wrong place simply won't fit into the puzzle.

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There's an icon with "More Games" next to the other game choices in this app that links players to the publisher's other apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids ABC Phonics is the second in a series of easy and worthwhile preschool apps in Intellijoy's reading series. There are four main games here: Learn letter sounds; build letter blocks by matching the first letter sound of words to the correct letter block; pop letter bubbles by matching the phonetic sound to the right letter in the bubble; and build three-letter words.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bycarika January 11, 2013

Good phonics app

This app was a little expensive but good for both my 3 year old and my almost 5 year old.

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What's it about?

Kids choose from one of four games on the main screen of Kids ABC Phonics. The app gives verbal instructions, along with simple choices that make it very easy for preschoolers to play. For example, the three-letter word formation game also includes a puzzle component so players can't spell a word incorrectly -- letters in the wrong place simply won't fit into the puzzle.

Is it any good?

If your kid already has solid letter recognition skills, KIDS ABC PHONICS is a good choice. It's colorful, easy to learn, and it builds pre-reading confidence. Depending upon your child's current level of phonics skills, Kids ABC Letters (the first in the series) or Kids Learn to Read (the third) may be the appropriate choice for your child.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage kids to say the sounds they are hearing while playing these games.

  • If you have a set of letter blocks at home or at your library, find objects in your surroundings that match the letters on the blocks, in similar fashion to the game on the app.

App details

  • Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, part-whole relationships, solving puzzles
  • Price: $3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 2, 2011
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 8.80 MB
  • Publisher: Intellijoy
  • Version: 1.3.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.1 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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