Spinlight Studio is on a roll! They have just followed up the wonderful educational app TallyTots with AlphaTots. AlphaTot’s concept and interface is the same but instead of numbers framing the top of and bottom of the iPad screen you now have letters. Your child taps on a letter to begin and an airplane flies across the screen with a banner showing the letter. The AlphaTots narrator announces the letter and tells your child what it sounds like. For example, “M sounds like mmmm”. Next your child gets to play with an interactive mini-activity that’s built around a word that begins with the letter. The activities involve identifying shapes, colors, other preschool skills and a healthy dose of good old fashioned fun. They are simple, engaging, silly and the perfect length. Once your child has made it through the entire alphabet they’ll find a button with music notes. If they tap this then they’ll hear the Alphabet song while the letters appear one by one on the screen. Back on the AlphaTots main screen you will also find a button that lets you switch from uppercase to lowercase letters. This changes how the letters appear on the cards around the screen.

Each of the twenty-six mini-activities was fun but there were a few that instantly appealed to me for one reason or another. Just to give you an idea of what you’ll find here are my favorites of the bunch.

  • K – K is for “Kick” and here your child will use their finger to kick (flick) a soccer ball into a goal. It’s harder than it sounds because a goalie stands guard and they’ll actually move once your child has taken their shot.
  • L – L is for “Launch”. In this activity your child needs to launch a rocket but the wires have gotten tangled and cut. They need to follow the wire from the rocket with their finger and see which button it leads back to. If they push the correct button it’s lift off!
  • N – N is for “Nibble” was probably my favorite of the bunch. Your child will see a happy little gingerbread man on the screen and they must use their finger to wipe away at him, nibbling at the cookie. The gingerbread man’s face is priceless as his arms and legs begin to disappear.
  • V – V is for “Vacuum”. Ever used an elephant’s trunk to vacuum up peanuts? No? Well now is your chance!
  • W – W is for “Whack”. Think Whack-a-Mole but with happy clown faces. Some twisted part of me enjoyed this one way too much.

If you’re looking to take a break from the flashcard apps then you must give this iPad app a try. Twenty-six letters and twenty-six mini-activities for your preschooler. Mini-activities that are clever and fun – you really can’t go wrong. Well done Spinlight!

*This is an iPad only app but an iPhone/iPod Touch version is available called AlphaTots Pocket.

Price when Reviewed: $2.99

See the app in iTunes

Seller: Spinlight Studio

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.

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