Preschool Playground Pro HD – ABC Edition


  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Highly Recommended

  • Quality
    Editor: 100%
  • Education
    Editor: 80%
  • Entertainment
    Editor: 80%
  • Value
    Editor: 80%
  • Child-Friendly
    Editor: 100%

Review Summary:

Playground HD3 is an app the developer created to help his young daughter learn the alphabet and was developed without assistance from educators. Don’t let this scare you away from this great app.

Overview

Playground HD3 is an app the developer created to help his young daughter learn the alphabet and was developed without assistance from educators. Don’t let this scare you away from this great app.

Features include:

  • Numerous activities
  • Child friendly learning environment
  • Multilingual

 

Quality

This is an excellent quality app. It offers a soothing, stress-free, and entertaining learning environment.

Nicely narrated, all pronunciations in the English version are easy to understand. One would not know a professional speaker was not used.

The disclosures in iTunes from the developer regarding educator input during development and the use of professional speakers says a lot about the developer. As a consumer, I appreciate when developers are upfront.

Education

Six main activities, some broken down into more, are meant for your child to progress through. Start with flashcards containing only uppercase letters and work up to the final activity where the child can spell the words used in other activities.

The Practice and Write activities are designed as writing activities. Practice is more structured and Write is more of a free play activity.

Multiple match activities are available in the Assign and Pairs activities; your child will match letters to letters or letters to animals.

Throughout the app an animal appears with each letter aiding in letter association; such as B is for Bear, C is for Cat, Z is for Zebra and so on. In the activities that require writing, choose to show the stroke guides, and the ink color. The language can be changed from within the activities or the settings menu.

Most of the activities do not require the user to complete them in alphabetic in order. This flexibility is nice so that you can work with the letter or letters that the child is learning at school. Also, the app does not require the completion of one activity before moving on to the next.

An important note to parents and educators – the methods for writing used in the app may differ from those methods your child is learning at school. I would suggest contacting the developer if you have questions prior to purchasing. This is an excellent alphabet and writing app, but it is limited to one printing and one cursive method.

Entertainment

While this is an educational app it still provides entertainment. Each of the activities has an element of fun. I caught myself continuing on with one of the match games “one more time” to see if I could improve my score!

Value

The app contains a good amount of educational activities in a child-friendly environment. All activities can be played over and over again.

Offering additional writing methods would broaden the customer base; thus increasing the value rating.

Child Friendly

Playground HD3 is an app intended for young children and the design reflects that. Kids are able to easily choose an activity. A parent or educator may want to provide guidance if a specific activity is desired or if specific customizations are needed.

The user receives only positive responses and feedback. A child is able to continually try again until completing the exercise correctly.

A protected settings menu contains external links, social media and a timer for the desired length of play. Settings for the language and letters or initial sounds can be set here or in the activity.

The app does not contain in-app purchases or ads.

Playground HD3 is an app the developer created to help his young daughter learn the alphabet and was developed without assistance from educators. Don’t let this scare you away from this great app.

Editor rating
Rated 4.5 stars