Developed by: Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Ages under 2-4
A fun way to learn the alphabet and new vocabulary words, we love this app for its customizable options and ability to add sounds.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Musical Alphabet. Sing the ABC song with your child.
- Ready the Cards. Look through the default alphabet cards on the app. Decide whether to change any of them right away before using the app with your child (some of the cards default to an empty picture for you to take), or whether to include your child in that process.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Thematic Alphabet. Create sets of cards based on a theme. For example, make a set of foods. If your child is old enough, have them help you pick the foods for each letter of the alphabet. Make another set for people that your child knows, using both names and descriptive nouns (A for Alice, B for baker!). As you are able, record the voice of each person saying a brief message to play when the card pops up. For older children, challenge them to think of book characters or book titles for every letter of the alphabet!
- Phonetics. Use the recording device for each letter of the alphabet (or at least for one set of each letter) to record the sound the letter makes instead of, or in addition to, the letter or word itself. For example, say “Da, da, dog” if you have a picture of dog for D.
- Alphabet Scavenger Hunt. Encourage your child to find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet around your living space or neighborhood. Help them take a picture of each item with your phone, and then add them to the set of cars. Record your child saying the letter or word, to help make it their own.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Sensory Alphabet. Write a letter A in glue on a piece of cardstock. Help your child add buttons, dried beans or corn, or sand to the glue. Allow it to dry flat. Repeat for each letter of the alphabet over time. In addition to an art activity, you will soon have an entire sensory alphabet that your child can feel, tracing the letters with their fingers and getting a better idea of how each letter is formed.
- Alphabet Story. Help your child create a story that uses each letter of the alphabet in order. For example, it might begin: Once upon a time, an ASTRONAUT flew into outer space. She brought BANANAS for a snack, because they were her favorite food. She carried a picture of her CAT, Countess, to remember her while she was away. Etc.