Sentence Maker




Engaging, adaptable sentence practice with real-life images.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Simply swipe the words into the preorganized letter blocks, and they lock in easily. After a player completes each sentence, the narrator provides encouragement and instant reinforcement, saying, "You wrote...," and repeating each word of the sentence.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sentence Maker is a simple sentence-forming app that can help kids learn the basics of word pairing and sentence structure. This app can be helpful for kids who have difficulty with spoken and written expression. Sentence Maker includes multiple custom settings in both the free and paid versions (there are more in the paid version) to increase written language understanding.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • writing


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support


Parents can use the many customizable settings to maximize engagement for each child. The pictures, easy-to-understand user interface, and friendly narrative voice create a fun, low-stress, sentence-making tool.

Learning Approach

Start with two-word pairs and progress up to five-word sentences on this app that features adaptable sentence practice. A broader diversity of images in pictures could elevate the app's relatability.


Excellent settings choices and clear explanations. Accessible for kids within a range of language and reading skills as well as for kids with special learning needs.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • writing


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • part-whole relationships

Kids can learn how common sentence structures flow, look, and sound. They also can practice recognizing words by sight and making decisions based on hints or visual clues and begin to recognize very basic punctuation and notice the part-whole/word-sentence relationships essential to effective writing. Sentence Maker provides engaging, customizable sentence practice for kids with a broad range of language abilities. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

In SENTENCE MAKER, kids view crisp, simple photos of objects (such as a door) or actions (such as a child cooking), which act as the subjects of sentences. Each photo appears on the screen individually along with scattered words that will create a sentence. Gray-scale tiles for each word line the bottom of the screen in sentence order. Kids need to read each scattered word (or tap it and have it read by the narrator) and then place the words in the proper order. If kids don't move the word to its match, the app makes a "boing" sound, and the word won't fit into that spot. Once all words are matched, the narrator speaks the entire sentence so kids can hear how it flows.

Is it any good?


Sentence Maker provides a direct, visual, and adaptable way for kids to practice word pairing and sentence making. The real-life images of actions and objects are pleasant and easy for kids to relate to, and the letter-tile and word-grouping format is simple to understand. Although the images do a fair job of including people of both genders as well as of different ages and races, a broader diversity of pictures would increase the app's relatability. Users can add their own images in the paid version.

With settings that can be customized to suit a child's current needs (including using only word pairs, giving hints, or deleting or adding specific images and sentences), Sentence Maker has the potential to elevate kids' understanding of and comfort level with sentence structure in a low-stress way.

Families can talk about...

  • Use the customizing options to tailor Sentence Maker to your kid's needs.

  • The images that act as the sentence subjects are excellent discussion starters. Discuss the pictures' details such as colors, emotions, actions, and objects.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free ($.99 paid version)
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 27, 2012
Size:51.30 MB
Publisher:Grasshopper Apps
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of an infant, 3, 5, and 8 year old Written byTaximom4four February 3, 2014

Very diverse app, a lot of possibilities


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