ABC Aliens HD

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:The Alphabet, Letter Recognition

What we like best:

Kids can record their own voice and play it back to practice pronunciation.

What you should know:

Although aimed at the littlest learners, the countdown games don't give you much time.
Full Review:

Alphabet aliens with British accents? A little bonkers, but mostly brilliant! This letter-learning app is simple and focused—these aliens are on a mission to help kids learn their letters, and nothing but.

Don’t download this app expecting extra sight word or reading reinforcement exercises—all you’ll get is alphabet drills, but it does great job with the task at hand. Preschoolers will get lots of letter-recognition practice with the regular play setting, or can challenge themselves by playing the super-quick "alphabet countdown" game (from A to “zed”!) or throw it in reverse for an extra twist. The charming alien characters in this game are engaging and will motivate the youngest children to keep playing, and offer some fun diversions: kids can switch between accents, change letters from lower to upper case or choose between a child's or an alien's "voice" to narrate.

The interface is easy to use and small fingers will have no trouble poking the pudgy aliens to get them to talk. One drawback—the countdown games move fast and really don't give enough time for the age of the target audience. It'll take some time for small students to master the games.

Reviewed 2013-01-10 on iPad iOS6 by Roberta Munoz

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Publisher:Cambridge English Online