A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Word Ball - A Fun Word Game and App is a simple but effective word-building game that challenges players to build as many words as they can with colorful balls that have individual letters on them, as they bounce around and disappear. The words need only be three letters long, so even younger kids who have just recently learned to read and spell on their own can enjoy the challenge of this game. Some words earn more points, depending upon length of word and letters used. The game organizes all of the words a player has spelled at the end of each round by alphabetical order. This game is useful in helping kids practice word building while having lots of arcade-style fun.
Is it any good?
WORD BALL may seem a little frantic at first, with all those bouncy balls with letters on them bopping around your device's screen. But there's a method to this madness, and once your kid gets the hang of building words before the balls disappear, they will be sucked into the fun and hardly notice all of the vocabulary, concentration, and spelling practice going on. There's a subtle but challenging feature that make letters shrink if kids don't choose them, which challenges players to think about words (quickly!) containing letters they may not normally think to use (like "x" and "q") before they disappear; then, if used, the letter puffs up again, rewarding them for using it and giving them more chances. The alphabetized list of words that a player has built that can be seen at the end of a round is also a nice learning touch -- it's fun to see how players tend to gravitate to using words that begin with the same letter, for example. Then, next round, they can challenge themselves to not start any word with that letter. The options are endless in this deceptively simple yet very effective word game that many kids will return to time and again.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Emotional Development: handling stress
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, logic, strategy
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: December 12, 2011
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 13.20 MB
- Version: 1.52
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2.0