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Tiggly Doctor: Spell Verbs and Perform Actions Like a Real Doctor

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

G-R-O-S-S spelling fun shocks and introduces a few verbs.

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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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