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Kids can learn some basic fundamentals of individual letters as well as how letters and letter sounds form words. They'll trace upper- and lowercase letters and learn the letter's name and sound. Kids will practice segmenting words by syllable and by individual letter to pick out the different letters and sounds that form the word. Through exploring rhyme and alliteration, sounds in words are also grouped together. Finally, kids will get practice spelling simple three-letter words by picking out each letter one by one. With Read with Doc McStuffins: Letters and Sounds, kids will get lots of practice and build familiarity with letters and the sounds they make in words.
Ease of Play
If the clear audio and visual instructions don't help, kids can easily experiment through trial and error.
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Is It Any Good?
With five activities that address different pieces of literacy, kids have a lot to do, and parents will like the amount of content for the price tag. Games are varied, from tracing letters to making rhymes to segmenting syllables to picking out the individual letter sounds in short, simple words. The variety helps present a big picture of what letters -- and the sounds they make -- do in words. Letter work is nicely interspersed with fun little interactive elements, but some games work better than others: For example, the syllable music player is not entirely clear, but overall the activities are straightforward. One downside is that there's only minimal help for kids who don't get the right answer immediately, beyond giving them the chance to get there eventually through trial and error. Another is that sometimes single-letter sounds add unneeded emphasis, so when a block says the letter "b," it sounds like "buh," which isn't ideal when learning letters and sounds. Overall, however, the activities address the needs of preschoolers and offer a lot of content that kids will love.
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