Endless Alphabet, from developer Originator Inc., opens to a big monster’s mouth full of word cards that can be chosen by swiping or by browsing words under a particular letter. The selected word is narrated, then the letters are jumbled out of place by a raucous herd of adorable monsters who run across the page.
When letters are touched to move back into place, the letter chosen comes alive wiggling and makes the phonetic sound for that letter. When it is placed correctly, the narrator says the letter name. If a letter is placed incorrectly, the letters make a subtle “nuh, uh” or “whan, wan” sound. Maybe the sound is more “eh, eh.” I have spent too much time trying to transcribe that sound for you, so I’ll just say it’s not annoying and a great nudge to let little users know they need a different letter. Once all of the letters are correctly placed, little monsters demonstrate the word meaning, then the narrator repeats the word and gives the definition. Users can continue through the words alphabetically or return to the home page and choose on their own.
There is a lot to look at in this app. There are more than 50 words to choose from, and although they have a few of the typically used words in alphabet teaching like “xylophone” and “umbrella,” the bulk of the words are really more involved than simple pictures. Endless Alphabet includes words like “timid,” “forgive,” and, my kids’ personal favorite, “belch.” “Belch” is demonstrated by two little giggling creatures drinking cans of soda, which results in a burping contest that is won by a third tiny monster who arrives during the contest.
It’s adorable and funny. Parents shouldn’t be dissuaded from letting their kids play with this app because of the silliness. Words like “experiment,” “famished” and “courage” are all thoughtfully demonstrated and clearly defined on a child’s level, as in “An experiment is a test to discover or prove something.” “Famished is when you’re really, really, really hungry.” “When you have courage, you are being brave, even if you are a little scared.”
This app knows how to get and keep the kids interested, and it knows how to talk about big, important concepts on their level. My youngest son uses this app all the time on his own and I love apps that teach without requiring me to hover. Parents looking for an app that takes the alphabet to a new level of learning and includes definitions, spelling and humor should put Endless Alphabet at the top of their lists.
Bottom line: My kids and I love this humorous and sassy take on the alphabet. Endless Alphabet is so engaging and fun that kids barely notice they are learning to spell large words while also learning definitions.
Cynthia's kids are belching contest professionals. [She's also a talented writer and blogger.]
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20 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6 +
*From the team at Originator - the creators of Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, and Another Monster at the End of This Book. Originator was founded by a team of passionate Artists and Engineers formerly of Callaway Digital Arts. We hope you enjoy playing with Endless Alphabet as much as we enjoy making it.*
Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!
** NOTE: You must be online and have ample disk space while running the app to see words beyond G! **
- Over 50 words to learn and play with
- Delightful animations teach children the definitions of the words in a fun and engaging way
- Word game teaches children letters
- Endless Alphabet was designed with your children in mind - there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.