With Gappy’s First Words, parents can use the settings menu on the main screen of the app to select the types of words they wish to be taught. There are three main categories of words: Basics (87 words), A Little Harder (87 words), and Sight Words (37 words). Parents will simply select yes or no for each category to choose which words they would like included in the lessons. There is also an option to choose between upper or lower case words on this screen. Once parents have made their selections, now it is time to play!
There are three buttons to choose from on the main screen: the abc button, the Gappy’s house button, or the Gappy button. When kids choose “abc”, they will be taken to a screen with all the letters of the alphabet. Here, children can listen to all the sounds of the alphabet letters, or hear the letters said aloud (choose sound vs. letter at the bottom of the screen). I thought that this mode was perfect for kids who are just learning the alphabet and may not be ready for learning lots of words yet. The Gappy’s house button will take children to a screen where they can unlock all the parts of Gappy’s home one at a time by passing levels – each time Gappy gets home you can unlock a new section of his home. As children unlock new parts, they can redecorate Gappy’s home any way they want. The Gappy button will take little ones to a screen where they can “help Gappy get home” by solving words. For example, the first word may show “h, blank, t”…your little one will need to insert an “o” where the blank is to spell the word “hot” and help Gappy cross the word bridge. Kids can answer questions by simply dragging and dropping the correct letter into the blank spot. I love that when Gappy crosses the word bridge he annunciates the sound of each letter and then says the words all together. I thought that was perfect for helping children learn how to sound out words! (This example is from choosing the basics only). In this particular case, your child will be told which letter they need and they will just have to recognize the letter to drag and drop it down into the correct spot. Once your child has answered several questions correctly, they will help Gappy get home and unlock a new part of his home (i.e. a new wall design).
This app features more than 200 three-letter words across 4 worlds of difficulty. I think that it serves as a great way to help your little one begin to read. I really cannot say enough good things about this app!
I really loved the Gappy’s First Words app! I think that this app could definitely help children learn new words, and it is so fun. Kids will love Gappy, he is a cute rabbit-like character. The beautiful graphics, fun animations, cheery narration and sound effects make this app a delight to play. I would definitely encourage parents of little ones to check this app out! I know I will be playing it with my 2 year old son.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.