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Starfall ABCs

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Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a very simple tap mechanic that leads you through the various pages, with a helpful hand that points to show you where you're supposed to tap next. The tiny X in the upper right corner, which takes you back to the full alphabet menu, should be bigger.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Starfall ABCs is an in-depth alphabet-teaching app that works well for toddlers and preschoolers. The app presents each letter in a wide variety of ways -- visually, audibly, and within words and sentences. It also has some truly interactive bits that let kids solve mazes or spell words by placing puzzle pieces.

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What's it about?

Kids will select a letter from the STARFALL ABCs main page and watch it make a grand entrance (Vs are vacuumed in, Ts come in on a train). The starring letter is sounded out, and three or four pages follow with objects that start with the letter (pink pigs, pepperoni pizza). Many letters offer games, matching up letters or selecting the letter that doesn't belong (F, f, or x?). Kids can also place letters in the right order to form a word and have it sounded out slowly. Silliness is mixed in to keep interest high, such as turtles playing tunes at the end of a train.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Starfall ABCs is a very solid early learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids will hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and be able to both hear and see how each letter is used within words. There are some cute animations that can be triggered for each word, followed by interactive games (like puzzles and mazes), and chances to see words used in sentences. It's an attractive, colorful, and very in-depth approach to introducing the alphabet to young kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk about letters wherever you go. Find them in signs or put floaty letters in the bath.

  • Point out simple words in books kids may start to recognize.

  • Encourage a love of books with many trips to the library.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles
Communication: listening
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 12, 2016
Category:Education
Size:40.30 MB
Publisher:Starfall Education
Version:3.13
Minimum software requirements:IOS 5.1.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 27, 2012

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