Rain Go Away ABCs

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App meant to fight boredom doesn't offer too much help.

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Ease of play

Using the app takes little effort, although kids will need adults to read them the activity tips. Most of the activities are simple enough, but some will definitely require adult cooperation.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rain Go Away ABCs is both an alphabet flashcard app and a list of suggested family activities that are intended to help add fun to days when kids are stuck indoors. Toddlers and preschoolers can use the flashcard aspect of the app themselves, but will need adults to not only read them the activity tips, but also to help them perform many of the activities. Some of the activities, like yodeling, don't necessarily require adult supervision, but others, like painting the bathtub with whipped cream, probably should.

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RAIN GO AWAY ABCs functions best as an attractive flashcard app. The illustrations are pretty, and the letter/word voiceover work is enthusiastically performed. As a suggestion box for rainy-day activities, it feels lacking. You've only got 26 activities here -- one for each letter -- so seeing that some are such un-thrilling ideas as "make funny faces" or "do jumping jacks" feels unsatisfying. Others are certainly more original and more interesting, like "make an edible ant farm," but because the suggestions are only a sentence or two, some feel like they need further explanation.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:September 17, 2010
Category:Education
Publisher:Appbrella
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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