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Starfall ABCs



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn many prereading skills as Starfall ABCs goes letter by letter, first showing each in capital and lowercase and sounding each one out, then showing fun pictures (pepperoni pizza, pink pigs, puppies) while saying or sounding out words displayed below. Many letters have activities like matching the same letter or sorting capital and lowercase letters into piles. Starfall ABCs offers a good mix of prereading skills and enough task variety to keep preschoolers engaged.

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?


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
Size:40.30 MB
Publisher:Starfall Education
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

starfall abcs

to introducing the alphabet to young kids.
Educator and Parent Written byjamilah1 October 12, 2016

Starfall ABCs is quite fun for Preschoolers...well the parts that are free...

How I used it: I began using Starfall to help my students identify letters and letter sounds. My students use Starfall as an option for computer center. I also use the website as a whole class incentive. I project the program on my Promethean board and students are able to come up and use the touch pen to choose their favorite letters to explore. I also use Starfall as a reinforcement tool for parents to support their children's development at home. Students had no real trouble accessing and navigating the site. The students seem to really enjoy exploring the other games on the website. They especially loved creating and printing jack-o-lanterns from the Pick a Pumpkin game. As the teacher, I loved how the students were asked after each activity how they felt about the game they just completed as this helps them become reflective thinkers. My opinion: Starfall is a fun and easy way for students to have exposure to letters and letter sounds. Thanks to Starfall my students don't even realize that they are learning, they are having too much fun. Students are able to navigate the site with little to no adult assistance. I did find that students got frustrated when they would click on the options on the right side of the page. The options on the right lead to ways to pay for activities beyond the main page. Starfall's website would be more kid friendly if they only displayed options/games that are free on the main page. This would prevent students from clicking on games they can't access for free. All in all, I would recommend Starfall for students ages 2-6 as I feel that they would find the site fun, interactive and educational.
What other families should know
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