It’s certainly no secret that we love finding and using educational apps with Nicholas. While we don’t like a whole lot of screen time, we’d prefer that the time he does spend on the iPad be educational.
We’ve tried some that seemed great in the beginning but wouldn’t hold Nicholas’ attention, and before long, he was either clicking on ads or just ready to move on
What is Froggy Phonics?
According to the company, Froggy Phonics is based on the popular, award-winning Edupress board game. This app allows children to practice their phonetics skills with some hopping good fun! Froggy Phonics inspires kids in grades K-2 (ages 4-8) to associate letters and letter groups with their sounds through the fun character, Froggy.
The object of the game is for Froggy to gulp down as many fireflies as he can to earn more rewards for the Fascinating Firefly Festival. Froggy leaps from level to level on lily pads and uses simple phonics patterns to gulp down fireflies. When Froggy finds words to match the correct given letters, a voice sounds out the word, so children are able to hear its pronunciation. There are nine levels and nearly 900 different words for Froggy to discover.
Hopping through a natural outdoor setting made with appealing graphics and a playful soundtrack, Froggy is accompanied by his friends (fish, turtles, alligators, owls, butterflies and tiki statues) to ensure he is never alone. With no time limit and never losing points for incorrect answers, children are enthralled by this parent and teacher-approved app.
Froggy Phonics is available for $4.99 on iPhone and Android devices.
What did we think?
Nicholas has loved frogs from the moment he was born and has carried around the same stuffed frog since he could crawl, so I figured that he would love it.
I was right.
He loved watching Froggy hop from one lily pad to another and this app really helped start to understand that letters have sounds. We have been working on the alphabet for a while now and I loved having a game like this that introduced him to more than just the letters.
We did find that most of the levels were a little too advanced for him to understand as he just turned 3 but, with a little help from mommy and daddy, he was able to play and enjoy the game.
One thing I really loved about this app was that it not only gave Nicholas the word to look at, but it also pronounces it for him, he can see the word and hear it at the same time. There were multiple times while we were playing this game that he would see the word, hear it and then try to say it himself.
You can really only understand a small percentage of what he tries to say at this point, but the fact that he was trying to say so many new words is huge!
All in all, we loved this app and while it’s still a little too advanced for Nicholas at this point, it is one we will be going back to in the future!
Have you tried out any fun, new apps lately? What are some of your kids favorites?