Playground HD3 - ABC Edition is another great educational game app for your toddlers and pre-schoolers in the Playground HD series by Jan Essig. This learning app teaches beginning reading skills in 6 languages via various activities including letter identification, letter writing practice, upper and lower case letter matching, and unscrambling words.
Playground HD3 has been reviewed by several reviewers at Review for Dev. Overall, it is a great educational game app offering a great concept. It is engaging for the kids and some of the best comments are as follow: “The concept is fantastic” , “variety of activities allowed each student to find an activity that was suited to his/her academic level”; “This is a great tool for beginner readers and writers”; “Children of many ages can increase their letter recognition skills, as well as their letter formation and recall”
On the downside, American users would like to have the app in American English, and English users will be happy to find an app in British English ... The developer is working on adding both options!
Below, you will find all the comments from the reviewers are Review for Dev.
Playground HD3 - ABC Edition is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
If you want to try before buying - Lite version available
|Gabriel H.: I am a nice guy, who likes to play and watch basketball, I like reading mostly sicence fiction and fantasy. I like technology and use it often. I follow the news, politics and enjoy economics. I also like to watch tv.
|Eric L.: I am an independent iOS app developer in the afternoon and an embedded systems engineer during the day. I created and maintain the iOS app GradeBook Pro (www.gradebookapp.com) and a few other, smaller, applications.|
I can test apps with my own children (girls, 3 & 1) and nieces/nephews aged from 4 - 10.
|What I liked||
The concept is excellent and the gameplay was appropriate for my young daughter who is learning the alphabet. She enjoys tracing letters since that is what she is doing in preschool at the moment. The letter matching game (both order and large and small) were well implemented and engaging. The game timer was a great thought too (especially when multiple children share a device).
The English localizations were not great. You can tell that the app was not developed by a native English speaker and translated by somsone with a more abstract knowledge of the English language. I highly recommend hiring a native English speaker to review both the in-app translations and the App Store marketing copy.
The app wasn't iPhone 5 4" Retina display compatible.
The top menu buttons (during gameplay) were somewhat difficult to press and weren't entirely intuitive (the page curl for back, for example).
The gameplay is interesting and engaging for a child learning the alphabet. Children should love the multiple activities and games. Parents should appreciate that the app is keeping the child engaged and teaching them a valuable skill in the process.
The English translations weren't perfect and I hoped for better in an educational app.
|Julie P.: I am an ASHA certified Speech/Language Pathologist with 24 years of experience in multiple settings. I am currently using my iPad in a public school, serving children w/ special needs ages 6-13. It has become an integral therapy tool for me and I am excited about the possibilities for the future.
|Deana A.: I am a teacher for students with special needs, specializing in students with low vision and blindness and students with hearing impairments. I am also a member of an Assistive Technology Team. I have been teaching for 16 years.
|Maria B.: I am a stay-at-home mom to a five year old boy. I love to cook and read on my spare time. I'm currently enrolled in a German course. Always on the lookout for great apps (games, homeschooling, animated books, activities, etc.) and books, for my son and I.
|Heather T.: I was a teacher for 4 years in a magnet school for technology; I taught 4th and 2nd grade. Since then, I have obtained my Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, and now am a media specialist. I love learning about new technologies and helping teachers with them so we can enhance student learning.
|Courtney D.: My name is Courtney and I am an SLP. I love working with children of all ages, but find I have a particular passion for children with special needs. I love technology and the impact it can have on the students in the therapy room.
|Lisa W.: I'm a mother of 5 children, all with different special needs. I am an occupational therapist for a large metropolitan school district. I am also the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the district that I work in. I constantly am searching for apps that are meaningful, engaging & educational.
|Lori H.: I am a kindergarten teacher and mother of a fantastic toddler. i currently live in Georgia and am an avid technology enthusiast. i run my school's website and have for the past 5 school years. I love apple products, but am well spoken in PC as well.
|Mike P.: I am an instructional technology coordinator working in a K - 12 district. I work at all grade levels to use technology as a means of helping students and teachers to learn and achieve their goals. As a hobby I design games and create interactive games and activities for the classroom.
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