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National Geographic Little Kids - Look & Learn: Animal Alphabet

National Geographic Little Kids - Look & Learn: Animal Alphabet

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

In Look & Learn: Animal Alphabet, children learn animal names while practicing letter sound recognition and letter writing. Animal photos from National Geographics decorate each letter of the alphabet in A to Z Animals. In Find the ABCs, children are asked to find a given letter amongst six options. By tapping the right letter, children get to see an animal photo and hear a fun fact about it. Connect the Letters comes next. It is like connect the dots, only with letters. Solving the puzzle, once again, reveals a photo of an animal and a fact about it.

Flamingo Flier is perhaps the most fun game. Children tilt their device to guide a flying flamingo toward each letter of the alphabet in order. Afterward, in the Learn to Write game, children practice writing each letter. Successfully written letters prompt the screen to display an animal photo. The Mask Making activity, which comes last, is well intended but falls flat, largely because it does not allow children to use the front facing camera available on most iOS devices.

Enthusiastic animal lovers will enjoy practicing their alphabet with this app. Though the animal materials become somewhat repetitive, there are enough different challenges to play for the app to remain engaging for some time.

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