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Smashing Grammar

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Arcade-style games test reflexes as much as grammar skills.

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Arcade-style tap-and-smash game tests reflex speed and a variety of grammar skills. Overall, the visuals, music, and voice-over make the games appealing and inviting, so kids will readily jump in. Note, however, that there's no instruction or feedback offered, beyond whether an answer is right or wrong, so this is more for practice than instruction. Occasionally, there are answers given that are somewhat ambiguous. For example, in the "Noun Disco" game, the word "knock" is a wrong answer, even though it can be both a noun and a verb. Also, when kids are selecting words to plug into given sentences, such as "John ate _____ for breakfast," kids are paying more attention to words that make sense in context than to the word's part of speech. In the end, though kids may have fun at first, they may not be engaged for long since each game is basically the same.

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