Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids play with words that morph into their own meanings.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn 18 action words, word recognition, and word comprehension in Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1. As emerging readers are learning these words, they also can learn how thinking and reasoning skills, including the use of humor and making an educated guess about what a word means by related illustrations, can help them learn meanings in fun, creative ways. By making words into toys, this app lets kids learn definitions in a way that sticks.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Initial tutorial helps kids immediately understand the app's concept. A limited number of words (18) allows kids to focus. A Parent Tips page provides information on more in-depth concepts and gameplay ideas.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 is the first in a series of "word toy" apps. This app helps emerging readers recognize 18 action words in a playful, unique way. This app is helpful for kids who have difficulty comprehending words and spoken words. The animation and verbal reinforcement can benefit kids who have difficulty understanding visual information and holding images in their memory. As the words illustrate their own meanings -- "pop" pops around the screen, "grow" sprouts leaves -- two irresistible little bugs also act out the same meanings in humorous ways. Noodle Words HD also can be a powerful way for kids who have difficulty reading or remembering word meanings to interact with words in a stress-free, playful way that may just help them see words in a new light. This app is an inspiring example of how creativity and humor can help kids learn.

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What's it about?

First, listen to the brief tutorial on NOODLE WORDS HD - ACTION SET 1. Then view all 18 words on the "All" tab and choose one, or tap the on-screen box, out of which a word appears. As it does, listen to the bugs speak it, watch them act it out, and tap the word to watch the word act itself. Repeated taps result in new animations, all of which are hilarious. Tap the box again, or tap "All" to choose another word. Parents can tap "Menu" to view tips. Noodle Words HD is fun, out-of-the-box wordplay.

Is it any good?

Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 is a top-notch vocabulary app for emerging readers as well as for special-needs students who have difficulty with language acquisition and word comprehension. Each of the 18 verbs found here is acted out by the animated bugs. Words also are animated to reflect their own meanings. As a result, kids are introduced to the words' meanings in a variety of ways, increasing the chances they'll stick in their memories and that kids will both understand and be able to apply what they learn in other contexts. Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 is a funny, memorable way for kids to interact with vocabulary words.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Act out words in real life: Dance, stretch, and sparkle!

  • Think of other words with visually engaging meanings that you and your child can draw together in creative ways.

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