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Good edutainment for preschool fans of the show.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn reading and pre-reading skills in four separate games from SUPER WHY!: word and letter recognition, phonics, spelling, tracing letters, and rhyming. So it covers just about everything, including a little reading in the storytelling game many pre-readers will need parents' help with that game over the others. Kids interact most when they trace letters; beyond that there's a missed opportunity for more fun ways to engage kids overall. SUPER WHY teaches a wide spectrum of reading skills for a range of abilities but not always in the most engaging manner.

Ease of play

The game is very well designed for a preschool audience to be able to handle easily.

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The game is tied in to the PBS Kids TV series, Super WHY!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the SUPER WHY! mobile app allows kids to play four different mini-games based around reading, spelling, rhyming, and letters -- each featuring a different character from the Super WHY! TV series. Kids who are young enough to be in the show's target audience should be able to handle the games' controls with ease. Each successful game will earn players a virtual sticker that they can use in a design-a-scene bonus game.

What's it about?

Kids choose from four games. Super Why's Story Saver takes pages from fairy tales to fill in one word of three choices. If you say "Ruplestiltskin spins 'apples' into gold" instead of "straw" the picture changes to apples to show how it doesn't fit. Princess Presto's Wands Up Writing Game sounds out and traces words one letter at a time. Wonder Red's Rhyming Time Game is basic rhyming practice, and Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Hunt keeps it even simpler: Pick the letter Alpha Pig says out of three choices to spell a word in the end.

Is it any good?


The SUPER WHY! app not only uses the friendly, familiar characters from the TV series, but it replicates the same kind of "learning adventures" that kids will recognize from the show. Whether it's Alpha Pig finding his way through a maze by choosing the correct letters of the alphabet or Super Why himself zapping the correct word into a sentence from a famous fairy tale, these will be situations that the show's fans have seen before. The app does a great job of replicating the look, feel, and educational content of the TV show.

Families can talk about...

  • Read, read, and read some more to kids.

  • Go back to those now-dusty board books on your shelf; they're great practice for budding readers.

  • Sound out signs on everyday errands -- the grocery store is packed with them.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading comprehension, writing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: deduction
Release date:April 6, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Superheroes, Fairy tales
Size:55.80 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent of a 2 year old Written bydannyhenley December 18, 2010

Great game for young children to learn how to use touch screen

My daughter enjoys playing this app on the iPad. She can easily navigate the games controls and enjoys earning stickers while playing the games. She learned how to use the iPad touch pad quickly by playing this game, and now she can play other games and listen to children's ebooks.
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