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What's it about?
The title, NAME PLAY: A NAME READING AND WRITING PRACTICE KIT, aptly describes what this app is all about. Kids open their locker to choose from a variety of games that all involve playing with and/or spelling their name. Add lockers with the names of classmates, friends, or family. Activities include a magnetic letter board, vintage video games, writing practice, and more. Swipe from side to side to explore the hallway and find more name-based activities, such as handing out lunch boxes according to named labels. Each completed activity earns a new way to customize or decorate the lockers.
Is it any good?
What fun it is for kids to see their own names -- and those of people they know -- front and center in this collection of simple but cleverly effective activities. Because kids see familiar names as the protagonists, they get to feel a great sense of ownership over what might otherwise be relatively standard letter-play games. It's also harder for these simple games to feel repetitive because kids will likely delight in repeating each game with the names of all their classmates, friends, and/or family. One downside is that it's not always obvious what to do, and some games might get missed -- such as the gnomes that scale the lockers when the lights are turned off -- because there are few instructions. The parent dashboard is a nice touch to help parents feel involved, but it doesn't give any particularly useful information. Overall, Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit nicely personalizes kids' experience with early literacy games.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about learning with technology. What can they learn while using this app? What support does your kid need to take what they've learned offscreen?
Talk about what makes your kids' names special. Help your kids own their names by writing them, reading them, spelling them, and more. Tell your kids why you chose that name, or that particular spelling, for them.
Use the letters in your names to make other words. Use felt or paper letters to create as many words as possible.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 12, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 152.00 MB
- Publisher: Edoki
- Version: 1.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.2 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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