Sentence Sensibility

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Drag word tiles to build sentences from famous literature.

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Educational Value

Exposure to some key terms about components of a sentence (like "prepositional phrase" and "clause"), but no built-in glossary or tutorial to help kids learn what those terms mean. Through trial and error, kids can learn to build complete sentences by re-creating sentences from famous literary works or remix the words to build new sentences; they can also create some nonsensical sentences and still win points. 

Ease of Play

Both games start with a few practice rounds to help you learn the rules and get a feel for the features.


If you don't have a Touch Press Games subscription, your gameplay will be interrupted periodically with an ad to purchase more access.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sentence Sensibility is a sentence-building app for iPad. It features two games that invite kids to drag word and punctuation mark tiles around on-screen to build sentences from famous works of literature, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, and the Declaration of Independence. You can download the app for free and access some of its levels; you'll need to purchase a Touch Press Games subscription to access all levels and use the game beyond a one-week free trial period. Read the privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In SENTENCE SENSIBILITY, kids move word tiles around on-screen to create complete sentences. There are two games available. In Unscramble, kids move words and punctuation tiles into order to re-create sentences from works of literature. Remix invites kids to use the words from the sentences they constructed in Unscramble to create as many new sentences as they can, as fast as they can. Kids earn points for creating longer and more complex sentences, and they can slowly unlock additional levels as they earn high scores. Most levels are only available with a paid Touch Press Games subscription. 

Is it any good?

While the unique activities are amusing, more learning content around language and its parts might give more context. The Remix game is the real highlight, letting you build as many sentences as you can from the words in a sentence from literature. The biggest drawback is that there isn't much context: You earn points for including different components of a sentence, such as an infinitive or an independent clause, but those terms aren't defined anywhere, and it's not clear why one might earn more points than another. Also, if you haven't read the works that these sentences are drawn from, it's not clear what the sentences are about. Plus, you still get points for sentences that are grammatically correct but don't make much sense, like "The sensation caused a speech." Overall, Sentence Sensibility is an amusing way to play with language and to see just how many ways you can remix a few words, but it may not keep kids occupied for long. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the context of the sentences that appear in Sentence Sensibility. What might have been happening in the book before and after this sentence?

  • Ask kids to share new vocabulary words and figures of speech they come across. Help them define the words and use them in context.

  • Talk about why it's important to learn new vocabulary. How does it help to know lots of words?

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading comprehension, text analysis, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
    Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99/month or $49.99/year for a game bundle)
  • Release date: September 8, 2017
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 310.70 MB
  • Publisher: Touch Press
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 23, 2019

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