For those of you who are new here I babysit my 4 year old Granddaughter Alice full-time. Right now Alice is a sponge. She learns so fast and is so anxious to learn that I want to do everything I can to encourage her and provide her with all the educational tools that I can.
I know there is a lot of controversy over kids using the iPad so early in life, personally I think iPads are the future and can be so educational!! My 6 Year Old Granddaughter Emma used an iPad in First Grade in the classroom. I believe by the time Alice is in school she will be ahead of the curve.
Alice is really good on the iPad and I have a large selection of educational apps for her to play with. The newest app is called 123 Kids Fun Alphabet from RosMedia. Alice can’t get enough of this app!! This is the perfect app for preschoolers. Alice can practice her alphabet from learning the sound, identifying things that begin with that letter to writing her alphabet.
When you open the app, the screen shows the alphabet. Click on any letter to open a new screen with that letter. For instance click on Pp and a voice comes on and says “P is for Puppies; can you find all the puppies and put them in the wagon??” You can hear all the puppies barking which is a really cute addition. Once all the puppies are in the wagon click on the next arrow. There are three pictures and words that start with Pp; for instance purse, pig, pear, move the picture to the word (think jigsaw puzzle). Clicking on the picture and the narrator will say the word again. Kids need the repetition to learn (well, so do I actually!).
At the bottom of the home screen are three tabs. The first tab is an Alphabet Sequence game and truly Alice’s favorite part. Kids find the missing alphabet letter to complete a sequence. For instance there is a picture of an ORANGE. Then as if you were playing a game of Hangman there are empty boxes □ R A □ □ E the letters that go in each box are floating around the picture of the ORANGE. Alice has to drag and drop to the correct boxes for the letter to stick.
Each correct answer earns a star on the side (or bottom) of the page and a verbal ‘good job’ ‘well done’ and so on. Alice is thoroughly motivated by the stars, verbal encouragement and the sticker after 12 correct answers; this system really works wonderfully for us!! The stickers go in a little booklet that is easily accessed by touching the cute little snail at the bottom of the screen. Alice already has tons of stickers.
Second tab on the bottom is a screen with three letters the narrator asks you to click on a particular letter. My one and only complaint about this app is the fact that if the child didn’t hear the letter that the narrator asks you to find, there is no where you can click to hear the command again. I was wrong!! There IS a button!!
Find the correct letter and earn a star.
The last tab is tracing! This is a fun section. Different icons lead your child’s finger to trace a letter. For instance on B a little airplane pops up drag that through the numbers to form your letter. If you take too long to trace your letters a cute little character pops out of the treasure chest.
123 Kids Fun Alphabet is designed for all children (ages 3 to 7) to start their adventure with the alphabet.
It is also recommended for teachers. Each letter has been illustrated with four words, one of which is animated and enriched with a sound characteristic for a specific object. Just tap the first picture of each letter.
I love all the learning sections, they are easy for Alice to follow, she’s having so much fun she doesn’t realize she is learning!! Added bonus the levels get a little harder with each game so Alice never gets bored!
The app is very kid-friendly, the day I added the app to my iPad I handed it to Alice and with no coaching from me she went to town.
The app also encourages problem solving and improves cognitive skills, it’s fun! It’s educational and it gives this NaNa a several minutes of quiet time!! Added bonus for adults; first there are no in app purchase pop ups. Second, you can turn the music off!
Alice and I give 123 Kids Fun Alphabet app four thumbs way UP!!! We both recommend this educational, bright and colorful app to parents of preschoolers. My whine is the fact that I never get to play Pet Rescue!