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Faces iMake ABC

Faces iMake ABC

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

With pitch perfect sounds and gentle encouragement, this lovely twist on find-the-missing-object games challenges alphabet learners to reassemble a pile of found objects into the shape of an animal or humanoid beginning with a given letter.

When children choose a letter from the alphabet tool bar, that letter appears on screen. The announcer says the name of letter once. As it wiggles just enough to be noticed, we hear "Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding." If the child doesn't touch the letter after two rounds of the "ding-a-ding," the avuncular voice offers a reminder to "Touch the letter one more time."

Once touched, the letter reveals an image, made of found objects, that starts with that letter. A for Airplane, B for Bear, Q for Queen, W for witch. The image stays whole for 3 to 5 seconds, then dissolves into separate pieces at the bottom of the screen. Our instructor says either "OK we need to rebuild it," or "Uh oh, we have some work to do." The challenges range in difficulty and require shapes to be matched and their orientation to be correct. When the puzzle is reassembled, there is a satisfying conclusion of a slight animation and object appropriate character voice. The narrator says only "Perfect. How about doing another one?" No excessive nagging or praise. The reward is in the accomplishment.

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