Words, words,words. Some words (cat, cold, three) are easily explained. Others (like art, balance, and strength) are not. Often, our attempts to explain abstract words to children fail because they just don’t make sense to tiny brains. GazziliWords is an app that takes on this challenge, using pictures and animation to create meaning in a way that makes sense to children. Because it promotes higher level vocabulary development using great games, Fun Educational Apps awards GazziliWords a Top Pick.
GazziliWords by GazziliWorld, LLC, is the premier app in their series, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with one set of three words (Fingerprint, Rainbow, and Balance) so your child can try it out. Additional sets are available as in-app purchases (IAP).
All the characters in the GazziliWorld apps are the same: Lily, Benito, Kenji, Tyler, and Mimi. Each game begins with one of the children asking questions: “What is a rainbow?” “Does it rest on the ground?” “Can birds fly through it?” The narrator explains the word in language appropriate to the child’s level. Then, a scene appears which shows the concept in action.
For example, the child taps the clouds to make it rain. After wiping away all the raindrops, a beautiful rainbow appears in the sky, arching over Tyler with his umbrella. Then, with a quick stroke of the finger, the colors become musical tones that allow the child to create a song. In just a few minutes, your child has experienced the connection between clouds, rain, sun, and the rainbow. What’s even better, she can probably tell you all about it.
With the purchase of additional modules, the following words become available: art, healthy, patience, seed, electricity, strong, surprise, dream, sweat, shadow, air, time, internet, idea, stars, blood, bones, skin, family, vacation, and acceptance. This is an impressive list of concept words, compiled by individuals with expertise in child development.
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GazzilliWorld is a place where kids are king and learning is a pleasure. I like the way GazziliWords acts like a visual encyclopedia designed for preschoolers. It makes the ideas come to life, and that’s what makes it special. As a sign of its extraordinary merit, GazziliWords was nominated for the prestigious Webby Award for gameplay on a tablet device.
Research shows that vocabulary development is closely correlated with reading success. By using GazziliWords, children are able to discover many new words that can help them better understand the world around them.
GazziliWords is an educational app that will appeal to all children, even more reluctant learners, because it doesn’t feel like an educational app. It draws on the natural curiosity children have and it gives them information that they can really understand. This is why Fun Educational Apps awards GazziliWords a Top Pick. (Top Pick, noun- a way to recognize the highest quality apps available, so that parents can make smart decisions when purchasing them for their children.)
GazziliWords is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Free to try - Additional sets are available as in-app purchases (IAP). 0.99 US$/per set.
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Julie Peterson - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. I am inspired by apps that fulfill a need and do it in a fun way.