“J is for the jellyfish, jiggling as you jolly well wish.” Catchy tunes and bright animations are ready to take your pre-schooler on an alphabet learning adventure. Since “J” is my letter that’s where I started. Joined by younger versions of the Zoosters, Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria your child is sure to have a wild time learning with Madagascar My ABC’s.
There are three main games to guide learning and a scrapbook for review.
- Learning ABC’s is a blast. Select the letter and then choose stickers to decorate it with. Only images starting with that letter appear, emphasizing individual letters one at a time. A poem and song sticker is included for each letter. When you have added all the stickers you want, take a snapshot and add it to your collection using the camera button. You can view all your creations from the home page. Although the app does ask for access to the camera roll I had that disabled so I didn’t end up with ABC’s mixed in with lasting memories.
- Practice writing letters is a great practice tool. This tracing exercise not only provides an outline but gives a starting cue and then dashes to follow. For example I started the letter “K” by moving Alex down a trail of steaks to form the letter. Each letter is followed by its letter song and images of things starting with the letter appear. The part I liked best here is the letters are presented in a random order assuring that your adventurer learns the entire alphabet.
- Sticker Safari has to be one of my favorite parts of the app. Glide your binoculars over the African scene to discover hidden letters. Find all five and the entire hazy picture becomes clear. If you are having trouble finding all the letters watch for the twinkling stars.
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised with this app. I was worried that the focus would be more on the entertainment value of the characters than the actual learning process. With an established developer like JumpStart, I should have known better. Their experience in the computer based education field has carried over well into the hand-held market. The activities were well thought out, entertaining and most of all had educational value.
I did not use the login feature, but doing so will allow you to link credits and coins earned on your hand held to games available on the web, adding another dimension to your learning adventure.
Price when Reviewed: $2.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.