There are plenty of options out there for apps that will help you to teach your little one the alphabet, but few are as full-featured and fun as Little Bee’s ABC. This app teaches the ABC’s in a way that actually puts things into context with a series of activities customized and tailored to each letter individually.
To begin with, your child can choose a letter from the displayed alphabet and hear a brief introduction that discusses the shape in a playful way. From there, choose from 6 activities that put each letter to work and your child to task on learning them.
The included activities:
Friends – This is a cute way to see the chosen letter working in words as the app goes through a bunch of things that contain it.
Connect the Dots - Let you child connect the dots in a way that actually forces them to learn how to write their chosen letter without them realizing it!
Discover – In a version of hide and go seek, your child needs to search the image for their chosen letter.
Paint – In order to paint the letters to complete them, your child will learn how to write lowercase, hand-written and capitalized versions of each one.
Draw – This is where your child can practice writing each letter formally, with arrows and animation helping them as they learn. Work through lowercase and uppercase versions of each letter so neither is left out!
Complete the Word – This is the most advanced activity that reinforces the drawing skills your child has learned by placing the chosen letter into an actual word. This is a fantastic evolution of their new-found skills.
Repetition reinforces learning and this app accomplishes that in a way that doesn’t feel like a chore.
What I liked: Apps like Little Bee’s ABC help your children to learn fundamental skills through built-in activities that are so much fun kids forget they are doing something educational.
What I didn’t like: The back button in each activity will take you back to the menu for your chosen letter but it can sometimes take more than a few taps of that button to get you there if you are a few steps deep. It would be nice if there was a more direct route without having to go all the way back home.
To buy or not to buy: This is a really fantastic app for any parent who has a child trying to learn the alphabet! There are enough activities that neither one of you will be bored.
- App Name: Little Bee’s ABC
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Education
- Developer: Lisbon Labs
- Price: $2.99