Looking for an app for your child to interact with that will entertain and introduce letters and sounds? ThinkSmart Games, known for quality educational games, is releasing a new game for all iOS platforms that promises to do just that. Animal Alphabet Singers is a fully interactive app that presents letter knowledge concepts through four different games. Starting December 10, 2013 The Animal Alphabet Singers will be available in the iTunes App Store for $3.99.
Christopher Cerf, creator in chief, known for his work on Sesame Street and Between the Lions, worked with a team of developers and education experts to bring forth an educational game that uses the same types of teaching concepts he worked on with his PBS shows. The game has simple animations and is voiced by a professional cast.
Singing animals and silliness
The Alphabet Animal Singers teaches children by using animal association with the letters and name sounds through four interactive games. Each game progresses in the skills it teaches and add on each other. The games are on a swipe wheel that is easily maneuvered. Most of the animals children are already familiar with, while a few others introduce new vocabulary.
- Meet the Letters: The first simple game does just this, it introduces each of the letters in both upper-case and lower-case. Upon tapping the letter, the name is stated and the picture of the associated animal appears. Upon tapping again, the animal name is said and the letter appears. Children can have the alphabet song play normally, or with added silliness as it sings the letter or animal name that is pictured.
- Meet the Animals: Children are introduced to the 26 animal singers. They each introduce themselves using a different voice, some fancy, some normal and some silly. This game begins to introduce phonological awareness by emphasizing the beginning sounds.
- Alphabet Animal Singers: And the performance begins. Upon tapping the letters located below the animals they begin to sing the name of each one. Little ones will delight in watching the corresponding animal belt out the letter name.
- Guess the Animals and Letters: The last game on the reel is the one true game where the child needs to guess which letter the animal starts with. Staying with true phonological awareness, the animal says uses alliteration using the letter that is tapped, whether it is right or wrong.
The Animal Alphabet Singers app is fairly basic in nature and is targeted toward children 2-6 years old. Ideally it is best for children 3-4 years old or those needing a basic introduction to letters. While it is not recommended for children to spend large amounts of time with electronics, the Animal Alphabet Singers could be used as a teaching aide to guide and encourage adult-child interactions. The game can be used on its own but remember that children learn best in the context of relationships. Stay tuned to see our results as we put Animal Alphabet Singers to the test.