ABCya!

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun games site for pre-K–5 has lots of learning choices.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids get a lot of practice with a wide variety of specific educational topics in math, ELA, and logic and strategy. 

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Consumerism

Multiple ads promoting the app versions of the games. Some ads aren't for kid-related products or services; no ads with violent or sexual content were observed during this review. Subscription costs $9.99 for one month, $44.99 for six months, or $69.99 for one year. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ABCya! is an educational games website that organizes games by grade level (pre-K through 6+) and subject categories, including letters, numbers, holiday games, and more. Games include arcade-style ones that kids use arrow keys to play, word find games that can be played on-screen or printed, racing games that can be played virtually against other players, typing games, and more. Some of the games may require a parent or teacher to read brief instructions, but most are self-explanatory -- even for kids in younger grades. The free version includes banner ads, which appear on the home page and all game pages. The ads are for ABCya! subscriptions, as well as for third-party products, vetted for appropriateness. If parents sign up for a free subscription, they can save up to three favorite games. Or buy a subscription for $9.99 per month, $44.99 for six months, or $69.99 for a year for premium features including getting rid of all ads. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMrs. Daisy Muffins July 13, 2019

BEWARE... A cheap cash grab to get money from YOUR kids...

Me and my 2 year old tried out ABCYA for learning... BUT the site kept asking us for a ''membership'' for most of the stuff my son wanted to... Continue reading
Adult Written byabcrd April 4, 2020

Bad

I did not like it for my child
1 star
Kid, 11 years old May 6, 2020

One problem: IXL

it's OK, with the third party games pretty fun, but there's one major problem. IT'S BY IXL. I HATE IXL. YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND MY LOATHING OF... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 30, 2020

What's it about?

First, students select the appropriate grade level (K5) from the ABCYA! home page. Then they choose a category of games: Letters, Numbers, Holiday, Strategy, or Skill. Next, kids tap on a game that looks interesting and read (or listen to) the instructions. Some games include grade levels within the game, so kids may need to choose their grade level again. A few games include multiplayer gaming, which requires kids to create a username to play. A passcode can be set on the games so that only kids within the same class or friends who know the passcode can access the same game. Gameplay may include the use of the mouse, arrow keys, keyboard, and printables. A videos section includes how-to videos for a variety of arts and crafts projects.

Is it any good?

Kids have complete freedom to choose from hundreds of safe, educational games neatly categorized by grade level and subject, but the games provide practice only and there are ads. There's a lot of variety in what kids do in the games, which helps keep things fresh for them. However, some games are better than others, and the only way to tell what clicks for your kids is to try them out. Although ABCya! features categories for grades pre-K6+, the content really is best for early to mid-elementary grades. All the games require good mouse and keyboard skills, which may be difficult for young kids. Also, some games could really benefit from extra supports, like a way to repeat game instructions, or help when kids can't find the right answer. These games really are best for reviewing stuff kids have learned in other ways. The free web version offers lots of content, though kids will need to learn to stay away from the ads. The paid subscription is a nice option for getting rid of the ads. The subscription also adds the ability to save favorite games, set a screen time timer, and access the content on mobile devices. For some families, those features may be worth the investment; others can be perfectly happy with the free version. Overall, this game website has some great options for engaging kids with educational material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using sites like ABCya! to practice skills. Which games are most helpful? Which are favorites? Why?

  • Talk to your kid about ads. What's advertised on the site? Why do some sites have ads and some don't? What happens when you click on one?

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, spelling
    Math: addition, division, fractions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, patterns, subtraction
    Social Studies: geography
    Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, logic, solving puzzles
    Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, set objectives
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (subscribe to use an ad-free version on up to five devices: $9.99/month, $44.99/6 months, or $69.99/year)
  • Last updated: April 16, 2020

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