Children as young as a year can improve letter recognition with this adorable app
If you’re a parent looking for a fun way to teach your toddler about letters, then the ABC Song will not disappoint. A cute version of the ABC Song serves as inspiration for the many activities included in the free version of the app. The high-definition support ensures your child will be memorized by the eye-catching colors of the graphics installed.
One of the standout points of the app is that it works on more than just letter recognition. Children will also be able to work on fine motor skills when participating in several of the activities including the coloring book and connect-the-dot games.
Another positive aspect of the app is that ABC Song teaches children to recognize letters in different formats. For instance, a QWERTY typewriter activity puts a keyboard in front of the child and has her press the keys to make the letter appear on screen. Overall, it’s a fun and free app with the only major drawback being the push for purchasing the full version during breaks between activities.
Adorable songs and graphics
Children have a definite fascination with bubbles and ABC Song makes use of this. My two-year-old enjoyed all of the activities that incorporated bubbles in some way. He especially loved the Pop the Letter activity which prompted him to pop the bubble that contained a specific letter. The Alphabet Song also had bubbles appear on screen to draw attention to each letter.
Graphics in each section were cute and easy to read. There were no performance issues during navigation. Arrow and home screen icons help you move through different areas of the app. Audio was clear and the narrator pronounced each letter slowly and precisely.
Simple learning games
Although there are “free play” activities in ABC Song, the recent upgrade added more structured activities. For instance, a letter match game can help the child work on memorization skills. The Animal Letters portion of the app requires the child to match-up the animal that starts up with the selected letter. Multiple choices are given to increase the level of difficulty.
For a child under three, this is a great app for the development of early reader skills. To include all of the letters in all of the activities, you may want to consider an upgrade. An upgrade also prevents you and your child from the constant prompts to purchase more features or the full version.
|Good Point||With plenty of alphabet-themed games, your child will not only master the alphabet quickly, but have fun doing so.|
|Bad Point||There are too many ads between games asking you to upgrade to the paid version.|
|Comment & Tip||If the child becomes stumped on any of the activities, he/she can tap the Help key to receive a clue.|
|Price||Free||Latest Update||May 4, 2012|
|User Age||18 months and up||Category||Education|
|Size||24.5MB||OS||iOS 4.3 or later|
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