Build A Word [rating: 3.5/5]
Build A Word, an app developed by WordWorld is based on the television series PBS Kids and is designed with children in mind. It is aimed at helping young children improve on their literacy skills and recognize letters and their sounds.
Build A Word is an education app with letters and animals. As soon as you launch the app you are met with letters floating around your screen. In the middle will be an outline of a letter that you have to find. So for example it is showing you the letter ‘F’ you then have to watch the floating letters, when you see the letter you need, drag and drop it on the outlined letter.
The letter is then spoken and you go on to the next letter until you have spelt an animal word. When the word is complete what ever animal it is that you have spelt will appear and do a little animated dance along with the word spoken out. When you have watched it dance you then simply move on to the next word.
Altogether there are 10 animals to spell and say. Which at first is good but after a few plays of the game it is quite repetitive and I felt it could do with more animals or even objects. It isn’t offering much in the way of replay value at the moment.
I really did like this app but there is one thing I felt needed a change. The letters are not pronounced phonetically. Most of the schools now have adapted to this method when teaching children of a pre-school age and when first starting school. So I felt that this could possibly cause confusion to some children who have been taught by this method. Therefore I feel the app needs maybe an option to decide yourself which method of saying these words you would prefer to use when playing. Then the app would cover both practice methods.
The graphics and sounds are good. My own children really enjoyed the animals animated dance and the cute litte sounds they made, the catchy songs were definitely a hit. It is also a great way to teach your children without them realising because they are having fun at the same time.
- Great animation and catchy music.
- Encourages children to learn whilst enjoying.
- No replay value, needs more words.
- Option to say words phonetically required.
Price: $0.99 (App Store)
Updated:Aug 11, 2010
Size: 16.4 MB
© 2009 WordWorld
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.