AlphaTots, by Spinlight Studio - For those of you that enjoy TallyTots, you will want to try its cousin, AlphaTots. On the opening screen, children are greeted with the alphabet song, played softly and pleasantly. A robot appears and the child must intentionally push the letter for approximately 2 seconds. The letter name is given, as well as the sound of the letter. Each letter then has a picture that is interactive. Watch your child laugh as "nibbles" are taken out of the gingerbread man to demonstrate the letter "n". Children will be completely engaged as they pound down the nails as a "hammer" or "mix" colors for the letter "m". The menu allows the choice of both uppercase and lowercase letters. They can push random letters or they can be learned in alphabetical order.
This app is perfect for all younger ages. Children as young as 2 will enjoy the music, and even random screen touches will create movement on the screen. 3-4-year-olds will have fun trying the different interactions with the letters over and over. 5 and 6-year-olds will receive the repetition of the letter and sound combination. Teachers will find this app a go to for students that may be struggling with letter names and sounds.
Just as with TallyTots, the artwork is wonderful and the colors are sure to delight children making this an app that they will want to go to again and again. The .99 app price tag is worth the time your child will enjoy this engaging app.
About the Author
Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.