Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sweet word-building with TV friend; vowel toys optional.

Parents say

age 18+
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Kids say

age 18+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn phonics and improve vocabulary, exploring and creating words by changing vowels. They start with CVC combinations, such as "b_t," and add vowels to the middle to create "bat," "bet," "bit," or "but," for example. Adding vowels that don't make a word prompts redirection from Cookie Monster for them to try again. After kids show mastery of the CVC words, they'll move in to blends and digraphs, such as "st" or "sh" at the beginnings of words and then at the ends. Cookie Monster breaks down the phonetic sounds for kids to hear them clearly. Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen is a friendly, fun way for kids to practice beginning words.

Ease of Play

Verbal instructions guide kids, and mechanics are drag, drop, and swipe.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen focuses on three- and four-letter word combinations, building vocabulary and phonics skills. It can be played using the vowels from the Tiggly Words set or played by tapping the letters on the screen. Kids have the option of taking their picture and adding it to the frame hanging on the wall in Cookie Monster's kitchen, so the app requests access to the camera. 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?

Cookie Monster is baking cookies with letter cookie cutters in SESAME STREET ALPHABET KITCHEN. Kids help make words by choosing a vowel to complete them. They then mix the letters, add color for icing, and see the baked cookie word -- either in the shape of the word or with images showing the word's meaning. Once they've made four related words, kids can "eat" them or feed them to Cooke Monster, who compliments them for sharing. For added fun, kids can add their own picture to the wall in the kitchen, and they can review an art gallery of the words they've baked.

Is it any good?

As expected with Sesame Street, the quality, educational value, and attention to detail in this app is top-notch. The option to use the Tiggly Words manipulatives adds some fun and depth to the activity, but it's still totally playable without them. Cookie Monster’s grammar may bother some concerned that his dropped word endings and misuse of "me" as a subject might reinforce poor language skills in a game designed to teach words, but Sesame Street enthusiasts would argue that kids can learn the phonics while recognizing Cookie Monster's toddler persona. The words get more challenging as kids advance, moving from three-letter words to consonant blends and four-letter words. Kids will enjoy customizing the icing colors or adding their photo to the wall, keeping them engaged without distracting them from the words.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can play word games together, playing with word groups by making up rhymes. One says "red" and the other says "bed" and so on.

  • Use your own letter cookie cutters to make real cookies, or cut out Play-Doh to spell words or names.

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