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Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful graphics give letter-learning app a boost.

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Educational Value

Letters and letter sounds. Kids practice forming letters as they trace lowercase letters, hear letter sounds multiple times. Animal names matched to each letter give example of word that starts with each letter. As kids drag letters in place to spell animal's name, they experience how letters represent sounds that combine to make words.

Ease of Play

Play is easy, though tracing the letters requires good fine-motor control.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, to introduce each letter of the alphabet, Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet immerses kids in a colorful landscape filled with animals. Kids trace lowercase letters, see them transform into an animal, and drag letters into place to spell the animal's name. Kids must trace each letter correctly before moving on, and sometimes they need to be quite precise in their tracing. This may be frustrating for kids still working on their fine-motor skills. In the parents' section, parents can set time limits on how long each play session can last, and review their kid's most recent tracing attempt for each letter. Note that it's compatible with older generation devices; check the list to see if your device is recent enough. 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. After downloading the app to your device, it can take several minutes or more to open as all of the artwork gets loaded up.

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What's it about?

Tap on a letter to get started with MOJI MOJI: LEARN THE ALPHABET.  Hear the sound the letter makes and watch as a hand forms the letter. Then try to trace it yourself. Once you've traced correctly, the letter transforms into an animal whose name begins with that letter; for instance, "l" becomes lion. All the letters in the animal's name get scattered, and kids drag them back to their places. Choose another letter to unlock another animal. Explore six natural landscapes, each with four or five letters/animals.

Is it any good?

The artistic quality is what makes this otherwise simple -- albeit thoughtfully designed -- introduction to letters and letter sounds unique. Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet doesn't do anything revolutionary with its educational content, though it does do a nice job of covering basic letter sounds. Kids hear each letter's sound several times, and when the animal's name is put together, it's also sounded out very clearly. It's nice that kids must put the letters back in the correct order and that letter pairs that form one whole sound (like the "ea" in bear) act as one unit rather than as separate letters. The tracing activity can help kids experience the letters in multiple ways, though the app isn't very forgiving about accepting sloppy tracing. Though the parent section says it gives updates about kids' progress, that information is limited to seeing the last tracing attempt, which isn't all that informative. Most of all, the aspect that makes Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet stand out from the thousands of other letter apps is the lovely colorful animals and wild landscapes, which make looking at the app a real pleasure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the letter sounds kids learn in Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet. Help kids sound out the letters and animal names themselves. Point out other words that begin with the same letter, and help them hear the unique sounds in each word.

  • Encourage your child to trace letters in other real-life objects such as sand, flour, or soap suds.

  • Talk about art and art appreciation. What makes the graphics in this app nice to look at? Explore other kinds of art in high-quality kids' picture books, museums, or art books from the library.

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