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Tiggly Submarine: Explore the Depths of Short Vowels & Phonics

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Unique hybrid app and toy takes phonics under the sea.

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With or without the toys, kids can explore phonics in a fun way, but the toys let kids touch the vowels and use the screen in a more interactive way. Also, the phonics covered go deeper than beginning letter sounds to also cover vowel sounds in the middles of words, though sometimes the "a" and "o" short sounds are very similar. Kids are in control of where they navigate and which activities they complete. The words do get repetitive after a bit of play, but many included words are unexpected ("escolar," "inconnu," and "ospry") so some repetition is helpful.

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