(Photo: Callaway Digital Arts Inc)
With whimsy and creativity, alphabet-themed apps can do more than simply teach the ABCs. This collection of alphabet apps is full of inventive ways to engage kids — from teaching the alphabet to creating fanciful objects out of everyday items to solving puzzles and playing games. One app isn’t even intended to teach ABCs, but rather it uses the alphabet as artistic building blocks.
From Callaway Digital Arts Inc., best for ages 4-7, Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad.
Rating: 4 stars (out of 4)
“Endless Alphabet” makes learning phonics, spelling and word definitions so much fun that even reluctant learners will want in on the action. This alphabet game is set inside a friendly monster’s mouth where the letters of the alphabet appear on his lips. When kids touch a letter, a word that starts with the selected letter appears inside the monster’s mouth. Players trigger a game about the word when they touch it inside the monster’s mouth.
The word appears in colored letters. Then a group of monsters runs by and dislodges the letters. As the player taps and drags each letter back to its shadowed outline, the letter comes alive, wiggling, blinking and saying its sound aloud. It is hilarious. When all the letters are back in order, an animation starts that helps kids to learn the definition of the new word.
This collection of words, which all lend themselves to silly and adorable animations, are what makes this alphabet app a winner. With the word “Juggle,” a red monster with six hands juggles the letters of the word until he gets them in the correct order. For the word “Nosey,” the animation shows a two-headed monster where one head has a wrapped present and the other is nosey about wanting to see it. “Itchy” is my favorite, where a little blue furry monster is so itchy that he scratches his fur off.
Callaway Digital Arts, which is well known for creating the Sesame Street app “The Monster at the End of This Book…starring Grover,” is offering this gem for free for a limited time. Don’t wait, download it now.
source: USA Today / Jinny Gudmundsen