Wee Alphas

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Whimsical ABC app enraptures with hidden letters, animation.

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age 3+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn capital and lowercase letters, as well as words associated with each letter. Kids are also introduced to some unique and complex vocabulary in some mini-stories (a cappella and film critiques, for example) that may help spark some interesting questions and conversations between parents and kids. Phonics and common letter sounds are not the focus here, and some of the words chosen to represent certain letters (Jose the jellyfish) may confuse kids new to the concept of letter sounds. For letter recognition, storytelling, vocabulary, and animal names, Wee Alphas provides kids with an alphabet full of fun.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Just tap on the animals or other objects to activate the animations. Practicing letters is as easy as tracing the shaded letter on the screen with a finger.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A link on the settings page takes you to the iTunes store, where you can find songs from the musician whose music is featured on this app, as well as an option to view "More Wee Stuff" -- products related to the app such as personalized prints.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wee Alphas is a beautifully designed, unique alphabet app for preschoolers. Kids find hidden letters within beautiful animal drawings and cute animations on each letter's page, while a narrator tells a short, one-sentence silly story about the animal. Each letter matches with an animal of the same letter and name, such as Finnegan the Fox or Don the Dino. Kids can also practice tracing letters on an in-app sketchpad. The app also gives tips for parents to help teach the alphabet to their kids in everyday life.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byAnitaT July 17, 2013
Parent of a 1 and 3-year-old Written byhaukeg November 20, 2012

Beautiful and fun, but a little limited.

This is a beautifully designed app for learning basic alpha shapes and associations, done in a really fun & whimsical way. My daughter really enjoys go... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids tap “Let's Go” to hear a poem about the alphabet, then they tap the arrow to move to Alex the Angelfish's page. A narrator says: "Alex the angelfish always sings a cappella." Next, touch Alex to see the hidden "A" and tap the bubbles to see them change. Move onto the other letters to hear more unique stories ("Finnegan the Fox writes flippant film critiques"), find more letters, and discover fun animations. Kids can pick a "special letter" and trace it. The app has lots to see and do, as well as parent tips to extend learning.

Is it any good?

The coolest thing about WEE ALPHAS is that it takes the approach that just because kids need to learn the basics like ABCs doesn't mean they have to be bored. In fact, this app is quirky enough to entertain the parents playing the app with the kids. From the beautiful illustrations and the interesting selections of animals and their activities ("Ingrid the Impala is deep sea diving") to the quirky animations (tap Violet the Vulture's hair and she changes from ponytail to braids to beehive and more), kids and parents are surprised and engaged. Wee Alphas is a standout example of a fun, quality preschool education app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • After playing on this app, encourage your kids to draw their favorite animals and help them write the matching letters and one-sentence stories about them, too.

  • Each time your kid plays this app, choose a different extension question or activity to approach learning in a new way.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: animals
    Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, storytelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: September 5, 2012
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 74.50 MB
  • Publisher: Wee Society LLC
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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