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Lil Sub ABC - Learn to Spell Sea Animals and Beach Toys

Colorful, giggle-inducing alphabet practice for toddlers.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is just one screen with a sub's view of the ocean. Tap a depth meter to move up and down three levels -- about a half-dozen animals and objects reside in each level and pop up when you tap the sub glass. Capital letters name the object and can either be tapped on in any order or disappear as each letter is called out in order. After six words the whole alphabet appears -- each letter either pops and is called out when tapped or is called out and popped in order. Tapping on the musical notes turns the music off and on. Tapping on two bolts in the sub releases bubbles. Tap the compass to move a little left and right.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lil Sub ABC - Learn to Spell Sea Animals and Beach Toys will visually appeal to toddlers and young preschoolers with its bright and fun inside-the-sub-eye view. It may help them start to identify letters as it repeats the alphabet aloud and displayed in large popping letters every six objects. But it probably won't help them spell the 20-odd objects they'll encounter -- difficulty varies from words like "star" to "plankton."

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LIL SUB ABC's design will definitely grab kids right away. It's pretty cool to look through a sub window and see animals and objects float on by. The crab smiling as it pops up larger than life against the glass will definitely elicit a jump and a giggle. It's also fun to make bubbles and go up and down (though kids would probably like the sub to go much faster, even if it wouldn't be quite accurate to have it racing through the sea).

It would be great if there were more words than the 20 or so there are to learn here, and at increasing levels of difficulty rather than mixed together. Still, kids can enjoy the sub ride and take in the fun sights, while parents can hope toddlers absorb some ABCs like the little sea sponges they are.

App details

Release date:February 2, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Topics:Numbers and letters, Ocean creatures
Size:18.70 MB
Publisher:Jill Pestka
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written by291643853 March 2, 2012


Good for the young ones
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Educational value
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Great role models