Words with Ibbleobble is a cute vocabulary app that helps children learn a variety of new words by associating them with images and fun illustrations. With words ranging by topic and characters, players are exposed to a wide variety of vocabulary words and pictures with the option to play using one of three difficulty levels.
3 Difficulty levels
7 Word categories
100s of vocabulary words
The developers have done a great job overall creating an app with lots of great images and illustrations. The pictures associated with each word are well done and the character illustrations are engaging and fun for kids. The overall set up of the app is a simple concept, however for younger children who are just learning to read, the words and phrases might be a bit tough to understand. Providing a narration option would be a great way to assist early readers and enhance their learning experience.
The main idea behind this app is to expose children to a wide variety of vocabulary words. Within each game, pictures pop up and children must select the correct word or phrase to describe the picture. While the concept makes sense it can be a bit difficult for early readers to learn the new words without a narration option. Adding narration or changing the method used within the app by providing a narrated word and allowing players to choose from a selection of images might make more sense.
Another thing that parents will want to know is that American English isn’t used throughout the app and words like ‘bum’ and ‘wheelie bin’ are used instead. Adding an American English option would be helpful and would add a bit more value to the app over all, as would adding the narration opportunity.
While the object of the app is to learn a variety of new words, children will be having fun as they play as well. With 7 categories and 3 difficulty levels to explore, players who enjoy a good challenge are going to enjoy trying to beat their high score. There is also a reward system of sorts included that offers points for each category based on the favorite items of the character selected. With that said, adding one or two additional games would definitely add a bit more fun and engagement to the app and would keep children coming back for more.
Priced at just under two dollars, this app isn’t one that will break the bank and it offers lots of vocabulary words for children to learn. Adding narration and the option for American English to be used, would definitely increase the value of the app overall.
While the app is designed to help children learn a variety of new words, it can be difficult for early readers to follow along with the words since there isn’t a narration option. Adding this option or offering the word (via narration) and asking children to select the correct picture would increase the usability of the app and make it much easier for early readers to use.
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