A combination bike ride/ABC lesson becomes a phonetic adventure.
On the opening screen, readers choose a boy or a girl (both Caucasian, alas) to hop on a bike and speed away with a swipe of a finger toward each of 26 alphabet activities. Preschoolers can pop balloons galore until they find the hidden B and then drag each letter of the word to spell it out. They can “extract” the E from one of six eggs, water a quartet of flowerpots until the F emerges, manage a mess of letters by using a magnet to isolate the M and so on. One alliterative activity at a time, they make their ways through the entire alphabet, coaxed by an enthusiastic narrator, an encouraging pal (the friend who’s not on the bike assists at each stop) and plenty of digital eye candy. Cycling through the app a second time, the alphabet sequence and words remain the same, but the activities have variables, giving it an even longer shelf life. Readers can also make their way through the alphabet at random or select particular letters to explore. The app features animation that supports the learning process, spot-on sound effects and a catchy musical backdrop. And among other options, parents can choose a spelling or phonic approach to customize the experience.
Short on repetition and long on educational fun, this app is a preschooler’s delight. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)