REVIEW – Tappy Alphabet Children’s Vocabulary App

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Tappy Alphabet - children's vocabulary app

Whether you like it or not technology is here and it’s here to stay. It has made some tasks not only more fun for children, but also a bit easier to practice. Vocabulary is something that is learned through practice. Visual association makes it easier for many to associate a sound with a letter. For example, a child may not realize (yet) that frog spells frog but they do realize that a picture of a frog is a frog.

Tappy Alphabet - children's vocabulary app

Tappy Alphabet is an app that teaches children vocabulary. The app contains over 100 vocabulary words.The child sees a board with all of the letters in the alphabet. You can choose to display letter and words in upper case or lower case. Each letter has four words (and pictures) associated with it.

When a child taps on a letter he will see the first word, then hear the phonetic sound (long or short) the letter makes in that word and then hear the word. For example, pressing the letter A gives the A sound then a picture of an apple and then the spoken word apple. The next A word is airplane. The third A word is acorn. The fourth and final A word is ant. Buttons all stay showing the letters chosen until either the child presses the reset button or presses through all four words.

I like that the graphics are clear and colorful. The words are all clearly spoken by a female voice. There is no option to change to a male voice available. You can turn off the voice completely if you choose. For the most part all of the words used were simple and familiar. There were a couple of times I personally would have rather seen a different word used instead of what they chose. For example, one of the q words was quince (a fruit). But quiet was not one of the four q words. I personally felt quiet would have been more appropriate and useful of a concept to understand.

Tappy Alphabet - children's vocabulary app

If you are helping your child learn vocabulary Tappy Alphabet is a colorful app that kids will pick up quickly – there is no complicated learning curve and no swiping needed. Kids will love how colorful it is and parents will appreciate the colorful simplicity. The fact that each letter has four words is what gives it most of its value. This app could easily be used for reinforcement of memory and letter recognition by asking the child to find something specific. The child will have to remember the sound and the word and what letter it’s under.

Tappy Alphabet is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later. The app is available on iTunes for $0.99. It is also available on Google Play and on Amazon for Kindle Fire.

How did you learn or practice vocabulary when you were young?


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  1. What a cute game! I may have to download it for my son. I had a lot of toys that helped me learn- I even had a few toy laptops when I was a bit older.

  2. With my daughter and son I used flash cards. My youngest is just starting for pre k, so this will come in handy.

  3. I love how there are so many great learning tools these days. I am sure I learned to read by sounding out the words. It’s so long ago that I just don’t remember!

  4. Ooh, I’ll have to look into this one. I remember learning to read with phonics flash cards. I’m an early education teacher and we use a program called Fundations which is essentially a modern phonics program. Either way you approach reading, it needs to be fun! I’ve introduced my almost three year old to the phonics flash cards that I use with my first graders, but I also subscribe to ABC Mouse and am happy to incorporate aps. The more the merrier!

  5. When my boys were young, we used flashcards. Had this been around back then, I would have used this!

  6. I am a very visual person, so I give this concept a two thumbs up! I think things like this really make learning fun. My brother would buy my nephew ‘video games’ that helped with math and reading…and it worked.

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