While ABC apps are in abundant supply, this abecedary will appeal to parents and teachers seeking an educational experience for their little ones.
With its clean, simple design, this app helps children become familiar with letter names and objects that begin with the corresponding letters. Each page features two to three letters in both upper- and lowercase, along with objects that begin with those two or three letters. Young readers will enjoy uncovering one or two outlined objects on each page; this straightforward interactive element keeps little ones engaged on each page, instead of quickly flipping through the app. Clear narration announces letter and object names, short facts and quiz questions, making this app suitable for independent reading by both young children and English language learners. A simple fact is shared for 13 objects: “Boats float in the water”; “Baby goats are called kids.” Unfortunately, the screen seems too sensitive—users may find themselves inadvertently turning the page when they are trying to tap on an object or letter. The final page includes six different alphabet songs, from the familiar ABC song to amusing variations such as “Alphabet Rock” or “The Alphabet Swing.” Throughout, this app provides a supportive, well-designed learning environment.
Certainly not an app that distinguishes itself with lively interactions or animation, but it’s mighty useful. (iPad alphabet app. 2-6)