Have Fun While Reading in “Kids Reading” for Android (REVIEW)
There’s no doubt that nowadays the younger generation is much more engaged into technology, than we were when we were young. Many developers took advantage of this scenario and developed some amazing and unique applications, to help children have fun with technology, while they learn their basic skills! One such app, is called “Kids Reading,” which is what we are going to be reviewing. In short, it is an amazing application, geared towards preschool kids.
When you launch the app, you are presented with a very appealing simple splash screen, that presents you with three main options, 1) Learn to Blend, 2) Try Reading, and 3) Make Words. There are also options for checking out more games by the developers, and purchasing the full version.
Please note, that this game has its instructions by voice, rather than text displayed on screen, because, obviously, its geared towards the younger users, so do remember to turn your volume up if you don’t understand what to do.
In Learn to Blend, there are three letters at the bottom of the screen, as well as a turtle on the top. You can choose three different speeds for him, and when you tap the screen, he will move over the letters, pronouncing each one, and depeneding on the speed setting you chose, the words will be pronounced either individually, or in a word form. You can also individually tap a letter to hear its pronounciation, and choose from a number of 3 letter words.
In Try Reading, you have a skateboard in the center, with an animal’s name written on it. On the four corners of the screen, you have four animal pictures. Your task is to tap the animal whose name is on the skateboard, choosing the right one, will make that animal sit on the skateboard, then, you give him his helmet, in the same way, and he skates away, you can also choose from multiple 3 letter animal names too.
In Make Words, you have a picture of an object on the top, and three letter cubes on the bottom. The second and third letters of the object are already there, it is your task to move the first cube, and pick the right letter to form the word. Once that is done, tap ‘OK’ once to hear the word, and again to move on to the next word. As you progress, it gets more challenging, and then more letters are to be found by the user. You can also tap the picture to hear the proper pronounciation.
Now, these are the three games a child can enjoy in this app. The best part is that its completely free, you can, however, purchase the Full version of the app, for $3.99, which gives you 15 more words for the first and third activities, as well as Child Lock Functionality, which is also present in the free version, only In the ‘Get Full Version’ option, so children don’t accidentally buy the app.
I really liked this app, but if there’s one thing it lacks, it is the ‘Help’ feature. There should be a small question mark in the corner of the screen, so parents can tap it, and understand how to play the specific game, because it is not really that self explanatory, apart from that, no other issues with this.
Kids Reading is an amazing app, and I believe it is worth it to purchase the full version. Apart from one small issue, which I’m sure the developer can easily fix, this game is close to perfection.
Download it here.
We will soon also be reviewing other apps by the same developer, so stay tuned!