Parents' Guide to

Martha Speaks Dog Party

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Familiar PBS character hosts fun vocab games.

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Martha speaks dog party


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age 2+

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A fine tool to be used between parent and child, especially if parent continues to apply and reinforce these vocabulary words in daily conversation with their child.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1):

With Martha the talking dog as this party's affable host, kids will enjoy playing the four different mini-games that all help teach vocabulary lessons. Pop a party ballon to choose a game and play dress up with a selection of adorable canines. Take a picture of your creation and learn that your dog's outfit is very "fashionable," plus exactly what that means in kid-friendly terms. Or play "Chow Time" and choose the dog plate that matches Martha's instructions; for instance: "Which is the checkerboard plate?" Then feed the dog his party food by swiping a finger around the plate to move the doggie's slurpy tongue.

The best thing about the app is how it integrates the learning into the game in a way that doesn't interfere with the fun while also offering lots of encouragement with "yay"s and "good job"s. Kids younger than 4 might have difficulty with some of the concepts (machine vs. nature) and vocabulary (nautical). One slight annoyance is that the volume controls seem buggy -- a player can control the volume of Martha's voice, but not some of the other sound effects, so they can be quite loud. Overall, this is a super fun party that's worth the RSVP.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Release date: December 17, 2009
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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