Word Bingo

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bug buddies accompany flexible sight-word practice games.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify and spell words on the Dolch Sight Words list as well as other common words on Word Bingo. By choosing the appropriate level of skill and by playing the four fun games, kids practice nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, verbs, and more. Some parts of navigating the app aren't so intuitive and may require a parent's help to fend off frustration. Still, Word Bingo is a friendly, challenging place to get serious about word recognition with lots of room to level up.

Ease of Play

It's easy to play the games; however, navigating among them can be tricky. Also, it's important that players (or an adult) set the level and settings appropriately, otherwise sometimes the gameplay will be too hard, too easy, too noisy, or just not suited to the preferences of individual players. For example, in the spelling game, the spelling "hint" (which can be turned off in settings) is actually the entire word spelled out in shadow for the player.

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There's a small "More Apps" tab on the main menu screen, as well as a larger-size promotional tab for Math Bingo in the center bottom of the main screen. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Word Bingo is a sight-word-recognition and spelling-game app for kids in kindergarten through third grade. Kids practice sight words as they play a bingo-style word game, a spelling practice game, and two other mini-games. Many of the words are chosen from the Dolch Word List of most commonly used sight words. Up to five players (and unlimited guests) can play on one app. The app compiles a scorecard for each registered player, and scorecards are listed by level so kids can view their improvements.

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What's it about?

First, tap on How to Play to read WORD BINGO's instructions. Return to the main screen and tap Play. Choose a New Player tab to create a profile, then select a difficulty level, all nouns, or all words. Choose one of two main games (Word Bingo or Spelling Practice). For Bingo, a board with words appears. Listen to the word spoken and tap on it. When a row of four words is full, players earn a Bingo Bug. Other mini-games are accessible after kids drill into the app from the main menu.

Is it any good?

Word Bingo can be a fun way for kids to practice recognizing and spelling sight words. The adorable little "bingo bugs" that kids earn after they play the games are a fun reward, and kids may get some motivation when they view their results page to keep working toward the next level. Most instructions are given verbally, which is good for younger kids. It can be tricky for kids to navigate, as not all games are presented on the main screen and, at different points of play, the app won't let you leave a game by pressing the usual X tab. Although it may not be perfectly organized for the smoothest user experience, Word Bingo is still a fun way for kids to practice sight words.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • After a few sessions with this app, ask your kid: Have you noticed any of the words from the games on this app in books you're reading or in your environment?

  • View your kids' results page and identify the words they may need some extra practice with. Post them on the refrigerator or the bathroom mirror.

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