What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Numberlys is an incredibly creative app that is designed to teach kids the alphabet. Made by a designer who formerly worked at Pixar, the app is more story than game but is engaging and will capture children's imaginations.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
The story behind this imaginative telling of the creation of the alphabet is charming, funny, and beautiful. There are gameplay elements, with kids moving a clock's hands to form a letter or pressing lighted buttons as fast as they can.
The narration before the introduction of each letter uses alliteration to foreshadow the coming letter -- and the five Numberlys demonstrate the different ways the letter can be pronounced.
Some of the games might be challenging for younger players, but you can skip games without penalty.
What's it about?
Set in a gray, dystopian world where only numbers exist, a quintet of friends decides to create the alphabet. Players assist them in a series of mini-games, such as touching lights on the screen, positioning the hands on a clock to form a letter, and shooting "number cannons" to break blocks into numbers. If the games prove too challenging, players can skip them without penalty.
Is it any good?
NUMBERLYS isn't good -- it's great. It's created by a former Pixar designer, and the story behind this imaginative telling of the creation of the alphabet is charming, funny, and beautiful. It's certain to capture a child's attention -- perhaps more so than any learning app on the market to date.
As much a story as a game, the app is fun for kids who enjoy playing games but easily doubles as a storybook, since all games/puzzles can be skipped without penalty. The characters are cute. The lessons are useful in real life. And the price, although high, is not unreasonable for the quality.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about alliteration. Encourage kids to come up with other words that start with each letter and make up silly sentences.
Play an alphabet game in the car, searching for specific letters of the alphabet in the environment -- on signs, license plates, and more.