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Lexi's World

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Kids create a lovely magical world by spelling simple words.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn letter names, sounds, and simple words. As they type out each word, letter by letter, they work on spelling. And, they'll practice typing and locating letters on a QWERTY keyboard.

Ease of Play

It's super easy to tap letters on the keyboard and approve finished words. It's a little more complicated to clear animals or items from the screen, or drag around to see Lexi's World from different perspectives.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lexi's World gives kids a keyboard and makes the words they type come to life. For example, type h-o-r-s-e and a horse appears on the screen. Then type a-p-p-l-e to feed the horse, or r-i-d-e to go for a ride. Kids interact through spelling words and watching what they create. Only words that have been programmed into the app can be typed. The settings menu includes an option for turning off background music and sound effects, choosing upper or lower case letters, and for labeling the letter "z" as "zee" or "zed." Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Kids start with a blank slate and a full keyboard in LEXI'S WORLD. Choose a letter to start spelling a word. As kids choose each letter, only some are available for successive choices so that kids are guided towards spelling certain words. Once a word is complete, tap on the check mark and it comes to life. Gradually add more elements by spelling more words -- such as sun, rainbow, run, or grass -- and watch what happens. Some words, like "mud," only become available after typing other words, like "pig."

Is it any good?

This sweet spelling game makes words come to life in a way that's both gentle and exciting. With just a simple QWERTY keyboard, kids are in the driver's seat and can easily dictate what they want to introduce to Lexi's World. Once kids choose a letter to start, most of the letters on the keyboard black out, which leads kids to spell only certain words. With limited options, kids are able to focus on accessible and familiar words that should have meaning for them. Though most available words are animal names, there are also some others like "apple," "night," "sun," "rain," and a small collection of verbs that make Lexi move (e.g, "run," "jump," "ride"), so the collection does end up being quite varied. And, many words connect to each other or are available only when certain conditions have been created, which helps build context. For example, the horse thinks about an apple, so kids can type "apple" to give it something to eat. Of course, having limited options may frustrate some kids who want to spell and create things that aren't available. The audio allows kids to hear each letter name and complete word so that they can work on connecting the written symbols to spoken sounds. And, it's important to see darker skin represented in the main character of a kid's app, which adds to the factors that show Lexi's World was thoughtfully made.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the letters and words in Lexi's World. Encourage your kids to say the letter names and words out loud. Turn off the audio setting and let your kids say them all on their own.

  • Ask your kids to tell you a story about the scene they create. Have them point out the characters and a work through a plot. You can even write their story down to read back to them later.

  • Point out letters and words as you go about your day. Say things like C is for cat, when you walk by a cat, or ask your kids what letter their favorite snack starts with.

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