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Freefall Spelling

Freefall Spelling

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Developer: Merge Mobile
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

This app had my children engaged from the minute they turned it on for the first time. At first, I thought it wouldn't hold their attention very long, since both my seven year olds are reading at least two grades above their age level and don't really need to learn how to spell any of the words in the app. I thought the app was fun and original, though, so I gave it a little more time. Then I noticed that the boys had found an option to take pictures of things around the house and add them to the app! Before writing this review, I went into the app to familiarize myself with it again, and the first word that popped up was "twins", and my boys had taken a picture of themselves with their arms around each other and recorded themselves saying "TWINS". The letters slowly float down from the top of the screen, and the user "grabs" the letters and drags them to the appropriate spot. That's all I needed to sell me on the game, but it didn't stop there. Once words are spelled correctly, rewards are given. The rewards are fish and trinkets to decorate a fish tank. The design of this app is really clever, and the graphics are adorable. The menu screen slowly fills up with water, and fish swim back and forth. My kids have so much fun decorating their little fish tank, feeding the fish, and cleaning it. For the younger ones who aren't as proficient with their reading, they don't even realize they're actually learning how to spell while they try to fill up their fish tank with the coolest fish. I will definitely be recommending this app to friends. Since they can take their own pictures and add their own words (and I can take pictures and add words they don't even know yet), the learning value of this game is endless, making it well worth the $1.99!

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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Merge Mobile
Available on iTunes

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