In preparation for its big release on December 10, ThinkSmart Games sent out preview copies of their new app The Animal Alphabet Singers. As an educator and a mom, I was thrilled to put it to the test. I was provided The Animal Alphabet Singers app for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are solely mine to share with my readers.
Animal Alphabet Singers is a new fully interactive app for preschoolers available in the iTunes app store. At this time it is only available for the iOS platform. Who better to test out this little gem than my own little ones at home? The game uses for different interactive games to teach letter recognition, letter-sound connections and even animal names. Though I’m not a huge fan of using a lot of media for children, I do acknowledge that it can be a useful tool for teaching, especially within a relationship.
To appeal to young children, the animation is simple and not over stimulating. I thought a few of the pictures were almost too simple though, losing the true image of what the animal was supposed to be. This didn’t seem to faze my daughter though. There is simple music playing that is much nicer than other games we have played.
As the animals sing or tell their letters, they say an assortment of different phrases that are in variety of voices (some silly, and some fancy). While my three-year old didn’t react much to the noises, my older boys (5 and 8) thought they were hilarious (hint: I wouldn’t use this for quiet time in a classroom unless there are headphones.) For the first night, brothers were out of the house so sister was able to play all by herself for a while. She does know some letters but is working on learning more. It seemed her favorite parts were the animals introducing themselves and learning the letters. She didn’t yet understand the Guess the Letter game. For my five-year old, he became fascinated with tapping the same image over and over to the point where it was almost frozen, big brother didn’t discourage this any.
My children have been exposed to electronics for several years now. My three-year old daughter can turn on a Kindle and select an app to play or Netflix and a show to watch with no assistance. As soon as she saw the new game she was off with my iPad exploring the animals. She explored all of the options within the game and it kept her engaged for quite a while. The next night she played a little less and passed it off to the five-year old.
Overall I think the Animal Alphabet Singers game is simple enough for young ones just learning letters and challenging to those beginning to master letters. My recommended age range would be 3.5 years to 5 years depending on interest and ability. My daughter lost interest after about 15 minutes which is plenty of screen time but still gives a snippet of alphabet knowledge. Animal Alphabet Singers is available in the iTunes App Store for $3.99. Generally I wouldn’t spend money on an app, but I might with this one if I had a gift card or it was on discount.