Metamorphabet

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Learn letters and words through amazing animations.

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age 2+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn letters and letter names. As they discover new animated transformations, they also can learn about how letters make sounds and how those sounds appear as the beginning sounds in words. Some words may be new to kids, which can help them expand their vocabularies, though grown-ups should help make sure kids understand exactly what the animation is referring to. Last but certainly not least, through this charming, delightful journey, kids can learn that letters are magical and that their power to make words is amazing. 

Ease of Play

There are no rules, and play is easy. Kids simply tap, drag, explore, and watch the magic happen. Most actions require two taps -- one highlights what you tapped, the second starts the action -- which may be confusing at first, but kids will learn quickly.

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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. 

User Reviews

Adult Written bypitchayadar February 11, 2016

Great app and love the interactive graphics

My daughter loves this app and she likes the letters but it's driving is nuts that we can't seem to go past the letter E just stuck on the chomping te... Continue reading
Parent of a 3 year old Written bydaniellewy January 22, 2016

Fantastic app that my 3yr old goes to every time

I recieved this app courtesy of the Starbucks App and their weekly app giveaway. My son is 3 and he started using this app several months ago - he typically get... Continue reading
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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. 

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