According to a new study from market research firm NPD Group, tablet usage among kids increased 13% from 2011 to 2012. I will admit, I held out quite awhile on getting an iPhone and even then did so with the notion that I would not use it for entertaining the kids. Silly me! I quickly realized the value of an entertaining app for keeping my 4 quiet and occupied in lines and waiting rooms. It was still important for me to sneak in a bit of learning, rather than just encourage angry bird tossing.
There are so many apps for children it can be a bit overwhelming to pick through to find the best of the best. I started my search by looking for apps based on the educational programming offered on PBS Kids. One of our first favorites is Sid’s Science Fair.
On August 16th PBS Kids released their newest educational app designed for children ages 3 to 6. Super Why! ABC Adventures: Alphabet is the 4th mobile app based on Super Why! The alphabet app offers opportunity for practicing sound recognition, upper case, and lower case letters. With the Super Readers hosting the 5 engaging adventures and offering souvenir sticker rewards. Games include: 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, and Woofster’s Golden Letter Bones.
ABC Adventures: Alphabet is a great tool for families to use to build reading skills wherever they are – covering core areas such as the alphabet and letter sounds. All of these skills are useful in preparing children for success in school.
While interacting with the app users can access a collection of alphabet themed music videos from Super Why! to gain further exposure to the alphabet.
This app is available for download from the iTunesstore. $2.99 for the iPhone or $3.99 for the iPad.
For more information on the specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more visit PBSPressroom.com.
My 2, 3, and 6 year old all enjoyed interacting with Super Why! on his Alphabet Adventure. My 6 year old especially likes the alphabet dot to dot treasure hunt hosted by Super Why! I enjoyed the graphics and letter sound practice hosted Under Water by Princess Pea.
Disclosure: ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative was given a complimentary download of SuperWhy! ABC Adventure: Alphabet to explore before sharing the press release information with you here.