Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Solid learning content nestled in fun, game-based adventure.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify letters and the sounds they make. They also put it all together then to form phonemes and words, and finally sentences.

Ease of Play

It's to tap and drag to play and navigate, though lack of instructions means it's not always immediately clear what kids are supposed to do.

Violence & Scariness

Some sensitive kids may be put off by the dark-ish theme and crying creatures trapped in cages.

Sexy Stuff

"Poop" is one of the words kids can learn to read.


The story that kids construct throughout the game is available for purchase in hard copy form, but it is not advertised in the app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read uses a game-based approach to teach kids phonics and other early reading concepts. Kids play with funky little creatures called readlings to gather letters and slowly compile the words in a book. There are purposefully no instructions for how to play the game. Some kids will do fine with that, others might need some help to get started. The readlings, and the surroundings they live in, have a somewhat dark feel to them. Though it's nothing drastic, some really sensitive kids may not feel comfortable with the graphic style. Kids gather coins to buy furniture for the readlings' houses. There's at least one instance of some mild potty language when kids learn to read the word "poop." Before kids starts playing, parents need to provide their email address (to receive progress reports), and consent to how they want their email address to be used. Then they create their kid's profile with a name (or nickname) and year of birth. Parents can make up to five use profiles. 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.

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What's it about?

Parents start POIO BY KAHOOT! LEARN TO READ by providing an email address and creating their kid's user profile before handing the game over. Kids tap on the first available level on their map to start playing. In each level, kids help little creatures called readlings eat their favorite letters. Readlings or letters are sometimes locked in cages and kids have to complete a letter or phonics challenge to unlock the cage. Sometimes, letters are part of words, which kids collect to later place in a book as they construct a story to reveal the readling's mystery. Kids also collect coins to buy furniture for the readlings' houses. 

Is it any good?

This game-based approach is a clever way to capture kids' attention while building foundational reading skills. Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read does a nice job of combining solid learning content with a fun adventure. For that reason, it may be particularly appealing for kids who are struggling with learning how to read. There are purposefully no instructions for what kids are supposed to do, which helps maintain the gaming feel. But, some kids may feel a bit lost or confused -- at least at first. As they continue playing, kids should manage to figure out their role. The journey to unlock the whole storybook is a long one, and though the content builds as kids go further, the tasks stay more or less the same. It's possible that kids will lose interest at some point. Parents can help by engaging with their kids when they see interest fading. Despite these small downsides, Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read is a great option for bringing some extra fun to learning the basic mechanics of reading.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the letters, letter sounds, and words in Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read. Ask your kids to tell you about what they're learning as they play and point out letters and letter sounds in familiar words throughout the day.  

  • Give your kids lots of experience with the written language. Read lots of books, visit the library often, and read the signs and labels you see around you.

  • It's hard to put down a game when you're having fun. Make your family's rules about screen time clear before handing over your device.

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love letter recognition and learning to read

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