A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Metamorphabet is a stunning approach to introducing and playing with letters from the developers of Windosill and Levers. As kids tap through, letters magically transform into various things that start with that target letter. The letter A grows antlers, changes into an arch, and then begins to amble about, for example. With each new transformation, kids see the written word and hear it said out loud. Kids can go back to letters they've already seen but can't go forward until they've "unlocked" the whole alphabet. Some kids, especially younger ones, may need help figuring out that they often need to tap twice to navigate around the app.
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What's it about?
Letters magically transform into animations representing words that begin with the target letter. One by one, in alphabetical order, kids tap and drag to move along in the journey. Tap the flat M to see it pop out and look 3-D; move its "legs" so it starts to march; tap again and watch it become a monster; and tap the monster's mouth to zoom in. With each new animation, kids see and hear the word it represents. After all transformations, tap the star to move on, or tap the menu to go backward and choose a letter that's already been "unlocked."
Is it any good?
Many apps out there present letters and show objects and actions that start with that letter. However, with stunning, quirky graphics, mesmerizing animations, and silly interactions, METAMORPHABET covers really basic material in ways that will captivate kids and grown-ups alike. Kids will love the interactive elements, and play is super easy, full of free exploration. Kids start with the letter A and cannot choose letters at random, though they can go back to choose letters they've already done. This makes the game feel like a purposeful journey through a magical world of letters rather than an aimless and scattered game. That said, some of the word choices -- such as "amble" and "daydream" -- aren't quite right for little kids but might extend the app's appeal to kids beyond learning the alphabet. Others introduce more complicated letter sounds, such as "knight," which starts with the letter K but sounds like it starts with the letter N. This may prove confusing for younger kids, though it could be potentially interesting for older kids, which could extend its shelf life on your device. Discovering the complexities of each animation and experiencing delight each time you do really sets this alphabet app apart.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the words they see. If they don't know already, have kids guess meanings from the animations or use the words in a sentence.
Point out things all around us that look like letters: a branch that looks like a T, a straw that looks like an L, and more.
Talk about letters in familiar words, such as names or favorite toys.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, vocabulary
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 12, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 112.00 MB
- Publisher: Vectorpark.com
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: October 18, 2019
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