Monday, August 27, 2012

Fun New Super Why! App for Kids -- SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures: Alphabet (Review)

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PBS KIDS continues to offer quality educational content for kids wherever they are – including mobile devices – and today announces its newest educational app: SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures: Alphabet

Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures: Alphabet is the fourth mobile app based on SUPER WHY!, the award-winning hit preschool series from PBS KIDS. Focused on introducing kids to the building blocks of literacy, the app offers a comprehensive curriculum featuring over 400 words and opportunities to practice recognizing sounds and upper and lowercase letters. Kids join their favorite SUPER WHY! characters for an around-the-world alphabet adventure, all while playing an engaging collection of five mini-games:

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  • Five mini-games:
    • Alpha Pig’s Lickety Letter Safari!
    • Super Why’s Z Marks the Spot!
    • Wonder Red’s Let’s Letter Fly!
    • Princess Presto’s Under the Sea Sounds!
    • Woofster’s Golden Letter Bones!

Game features include:

  • Rewards: Each time players successfully complete a mini-game, they earn a special “Around the World”-themed souvenir sticker that is collected in their “Map of the World." From here, users can decorate around-the-world themed backgrounds with the souvenirs they’ve earned, as well as save each creation to the device.

  • Music Videos: Users can access a collection of alphabet-themed music videos from SUPER WHY! to gain further exposure to the alphabet.

  • Progress Tracking: A progress tracking area allows parents to see how their children are performing on two of the mini-games and identifies which letters or common letter sounds they still need to practice.

The SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures: Alphabet App is available from the App Store for $2.99 on iPhone and iPod touch or $3.99 on iPad, or at

My Thoughts:

Since downloading this game to our iPad, Savannah has been playing it all weekend.  What a great way to teach young children the alphabet, including both lower case and upper case letters (or mixed).  If your child loves this hit animated television series on PBS Kids, then they will love this app, as it lets them play with each of their favorites characters.  It was hard for Savannah to choose a favorite character or game to play, but I did notice she was drawn to the Alpha Pig’s Lickety Letter Safari.  I even found myself singing the alphabet song along with her as she played.  

Even though Savannah has only begun learning the alphabet, I noticed that just with playing over the weekend, she is able to say A-G, and can point out the different letters of the alphabet.  With more play time, she will be singing the alphabet in no time.

Disclosure:  I was sent a promo code to download this app in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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