A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to spell verbs and expand their vocabulary: The spelling isn't that challenging, but the vocabulary is more advanced. Play starts with basic words such as "pull," advances to words with blends such as "grab," and then moves into more sophisticated vocabulary with words such as "sever." Hints come very quickly, with only the correct letter choice shown after a few seconds. Though this is billed as a spelling game, kids will probably find vocabulary building to be the biggest learning benefit of playing Tiggly Doctor: Spell Verbs and Perform Actions Like a Real Doctor.
Ease of Play
Difficulty increases from only one letter option to more complex words and letter choices.
Products & Purchases
Logo ad for other apps and the manipulatives appears on start screen.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Disgusting patients entertain kids with shock humor, but the increasingly challenging verbs will expand their vocabularies and spelling skills. The three characters look like puppets, made up of different colorful textures, and they give a dramatic demonstration of suffering sure to entertain. The controls are easy to use: Tapping a letter moves it into place as easily as dragging if you're playing without toys, but the manipulatives add another layer of interactivity. However, if kids don't act fast, the app will complete the treatment for them; they only have a few seconds to tap and drag the medical tools before they move on their own. The story line makes spelling fun, but the words are limited to the verbs in the game with no way to enter custom lists. Also, the degree of emphasis on the letters, their sounds, and learning spelling words is relatively low. More and varied activities with some repetition or feedback around letter choice would be great.
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