One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Endless Alphabet, a wonderful educational app that helps young kids learn their ABCs and build up their vocabulary. It’s published by Callaway Digital Arts, who have created a number of great iPad apps for kids – including Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of This Book and Angelina Ballerina’s New Ballet Teacher.
The app is a lot of fun right from the first time you open it – with colorful little animated monsters marching across the screen.
Here are some of the app’s notable features:
- Dozens of words to start with and more being delivered automatically to the app on a regular basis
- Delightful animations teach children the definitions of the words in a fun and engaging way
- Word game teaches children phonics as they learn the sounds each letter makes
- 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.
The app’s main screen presents the alphabet with a bit of help from the blue monster shown above. You or your child can tap on a letter to go to it, or swipe left and right through the words for each letter in the center of the screen.
Each word is presented in an interesting and fun way on the page. The word gets pronounced while a band of little monsters runs across the screen. The letters of the word are spread out as an interactive puzzle for a child to tap and drag into the right position to form the word. There are fun monster voiceovers of each letter as each one is dragged and positioned, and enthusiastic cheers when a word is completed.
The selection of words is good and offers up some quite long words in the mix too – and the app will add new words and monsters each week.
My daughter is 9 so this app is not aimed at her age group at all – but I know she would have loved it when she was at the alphabet learning stage. I think this is a great app for families with young kids who are getting started with or mastering their ABCs. The great illustrations, animations and interactive elements should keep kids engaged and happy spending time learning.
Here’s an App Store link for Endless Alphabet; it’s a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.