A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn vocabulary specific to their everyday lives. Using Word SLapPs Vocabulary, kids practice hearing, saying, and matching words with images. If kids help their parents or teachers take the photos and organize them for the customizable categories, they are also creating digital content and using technology in a fun and educational way. It may be helpful to have more pre-stocked categories in case parents don't want to upload images. Word SLapPs Vocabulary comes with just two categories -- animals and colors -- so parents will need to do some pre-work for kids to get much out of the app.
Ease of Play
There's no tutorial here, and this game does require a significant level of parent involvement to set up images, tweak settings, and start kids playing.
Products & Purchases
A "Tell a Friend" icon on the settings page links parents to a pre-written email to send to friends to promote the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word SLapPs Vocabulary was created by a speech and language pathologist to help young kids learn vocabulary specific to their world. The photo-based games use a voice-over to instruct kids to "Find the chicken" out of a set of animal photos, or "Find the color pink" in a block of various colors. Parents or teachers can upload their own photos and place them into categories, or kids can play the preset categories of colors and animals. The app displays scores and offers a number of customizable settings.
Is It Any Good?
The changeable backgrounds and themes in WORD SLAPPS VOCABULARY help keep vocabulary practice fresh and fun for little ones. This app's usefulness may largely depend upon how involved parents want to be with uploading, saving, and categorizing their own photos. The categories currently in the app -- colors and animals -- are well-done but limited in scope. With more photos and customization, this app could become very useful in building vocabulary.
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