Ages 4 – 6
Award-winning characters Beck and Bo are back with Avokiddo ABC Ride—another outstanding fun end educational app from developer Avokiddo. This highly engaging alphabet app will have children repeating alliterations as they complete a variety of letter themed activities. (FunEducationalApps.com)
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Warm Up:Flash ABC:Time for a brain warm up with a round of Flash ABC! Shuffle a deck of flashcards and have your child shout out the letter. For older children, point to pictures in a book or objects around the house and have your child give you the letter it starts with.
- Introduction to Alliteration:The use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook) (Meriam-Webster) Alliteration is a prose or poetry device used to bring a musical flow to the text for reading enjoyment. Help prepare your child for audio letter sound awareness by teaching them some alliteration examples of famous tongue twisters such as She sells sea shells by the seashore or Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. For older children, read aloud the famous poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Interactivity:This app has settings on whether game is played with uppercase and lowercase letter types and if you prefer letter sounds by name or phonetically sounded out, which can help your child build their articulation skills. Your child can choose whether to have Beck (a girl) or Bo (a boy) to ride the bicycle to each activity scenario. Your child controls the bicycle forward movement and can engage with each activity game based on the audio directions given. As you play along with your child, encourage them to touch other objects while traveling to each activity as the app has many interactive animations to engage with along the way.
- Grammar Hunt- Find the Alliterations:Have your child find the alliterations on each activity page. For example: The pink pig is packing a perfect “P.” Can you perform a perfect bath?
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- ABC Soup:Add ABC pasta to your child’s favorite soup and play a game of “seek and eat” the letters of your child’s initial. For example, find and eat the letter “E” for Emma. Make a sentence using a verb of the same letter. Emma eats her e’s, every last one. Polly picks her p’s up with a plastic spoon. Make up new games using letters to build words.
- I-Spy Game:This game presents an opportunity for your child to practice rhyming skills with everyday objects. Silently choose an object in visible sight that is easy to rhyme. For example, if the object is book, say “ I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with the word “hook.”
- Alliteration Poems:Alliteration poems are a great way to exercise more creativity in vocabulary development and introducing poetic language. Based on your child’s age and literacy skills, guide them in how to build an alliteration poem. The following exercise is from Ken Nesbitt’s poetry4kids.org.
- To write an alliteration poem, choose a letter of the alphabet. For example, let’s say you choose the letter “B”.
- Think of as many words with your child that start with your chosen letter and write them down on index cards. Sort them into three columns: nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
- Examples of nouns (person, place, or thing): banana, bee, bat, baseball, boat
- Examples of verbs (action word): buy, be, bust, beat
- Examples of adjectives (descriptives): black, bad, big, brilliant, broken
- Begin to form phrases by having them choose one card from different columns (example:black banana). Then form a sentence or two with some of your words, like this: I bought a black banana, and a broken baseball bat.
- (Optional) See if you can add another sentence or two and a rhyme:I bought a black banana, and a broken baseball bat. A brightly-colored balloon and a big blue-beaded hat.