ABC for the Little Scientist for the iPad is a nice, interactive letters app with a science theme. Like other apps such as this, ABC for the Little Scientist consists of letters a to z, each illustrated with its own interactive page where one can tap the letter or word in question to listen to narration, here of either a male or female voice as well as to look for interactive hotspots. I like the fact that this app uses unique words not typically found in apps like this but instead tackles more complex ideas such as “connection” as in internet connection, this page including a roaming satellite and the earth from a view in space. A version for iPhone is also available.
This is a fun app with a good use of animations and bright colors. I like that the phonic sounds are also offered here as many times these letter sounds are not included within apps such as this and the addition of lower-case letters is nice as well, but be aware that the narrators, although speaking clearly, do not sound like native speakers of United Sates English; “z” is also pronounced “zed” within this application. Such issues did not overly throw me but may be a concern of some parents looking to use this app based on the inclusion of phonics sounds.
Although each page contains some nice animated images, I think the interactions used here could have gone a step further, as I would have liked to spin the globe used in the “connection” page with a finger as well as to move the kaleidoscope image instead of simply watching the details morph on their own. Also, some of the word choices are a bit of a stretch for this science theme, but are still interesting choices for kids to learn about.
Well-done moments do exist here as well, as I enjoy tapping the “temperature” page to raise the temperature of a snowman, ultimately melting him as one can watch the level rise on a thermometer or the intriguing view of “universe” as one can use a finger to move the planets around the sun to a very nice effect. There is also a nice moment where children can tap characters used to demonstrate “occupation,” changing their skin tones to varies races and ethnicities – a nice touch.
I do think kids will enjoy this app, especially those fond of this genre of alphabet application, as will those parents looking for slightly different words than normally found among this style of app, possibly creating some interesting conversations about science-related topics as well.
ABC For Little Scientist for iPad
Developer: Common Extract
Released: 2011-06-23 00:00:00
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♥ "While there are lots of ABC app for iPads on the market “ABC For Little Scientist for iPad” stands out because of its content, and that’s why your child is going to love it. " ---AppsForiPads.net
♥ "ABC for Little Scientist’s letters all give kids and parents the opportunity to talk about different scientific concepts. “B is for Bacteria” offers a magnifying glass with moving bacteria; “L is for Lightning” lets you touch clouds to create lightning bolts, and “U is for Universe” offers a movable 3-D collection of planets." ---iLounge.com
♥ "We can’t say this one of a kind app, once it stands in a very competitive category (ABC apps), but if you are considering to widen your kids vocabulary is certainly worth the buy for the fair price." ---Apps4Kids.net
♥ "Transform your child into a little scientist with this alphabet app for iPad." ---Kids-apps.mobi
♥ "...If you want to start your kid off talking about science and exploring, this fun app is for you." ---JesiccaDally@Appolicious.com
♥ " My final thought? It’s nice to see a non-traditional flashcard app, one that strays from apple, ball and cat." ---TheiPhoneMom.com
Winner of "Kids Apps Awards" with 5 star ratings!
Watch our preview trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejKjEMFPOAo
From the moment the A pops onto the screen till the time the Z fades away, children(and the not so young) will be absorbed by this attractive app. Mind you, this is not your normal A is for Apple alphabet learning tool.
Increase your child's vocabulary base with words like A is for Astronaut and K is for Kaleidoscope and introduce them to the sciences with the answers to questions like, “What is the largest ocean?” in a fun and interactive manner.
Children are challenged to figure out which objects on each individual letter screen they can pinch, push, drag or click in order to make them move, change, talk or make a noise. Simultaneously they will be hearing each letter pronounced properly, used in a word and then repeated in a related sentence.
Taught through sound, sight, recognition, association and interaction, children will improve their listening, motor, cognitive and memorizing skills.
✔ Unique interactivity of each letter will keep your child busy for hours on end and have them coming back for more.
✔ Phonic Sounds
✔ Words corresponding to each letter used in correct sentences
✔ Science knowledge base
✔ Expanded vocabulary
✔ iPad and iPhone/iPod versions available.
✔ Ease of use and portability
✔ Original and creative artwork
✔ Male and female voice toggle
✔ Upper and lower case letters
Learning the alphabet has never been as fun nor as easy as with the ABC for Little Scientist!
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