Why would a parent hand a child an expensive Android smart phone, and let him or her use an app on it? Because it's an effective parenting tool in certain situations, and if you have the right app, the kids might learn something.
This is what Intellijoy is going for with Kids ABC Letters. This app provides basic alphabet learning for the pre-K and kindergarten set. With a simple interface, Kids ABC Letters teaches kids to recognize letters by name, remember the shape of letters, and find specific letters in a group.
Everything works by touching and dragging, which suits small hands. For recognition, kids tap a letter, and the app speaks aloud, "This is big 'A.' This is little 'a,'" for example. For letter shapes, the child must drag letter pieces into an outline of the letter to complete it. For picking from a group, kids control a fishing rod while letter-labeled fish swim underneath. When the correct letter swishes by, the child must press the button to reel it in.
You're encouraged to try before you buy. A free version of Kids ABC Letters supplies "A" through "H." The full alphabet currently costs $3.99.
Complaints? Well, I wish the app did more for the money. For example, there are no exercises in this app where kids hear the sounds letters make. Still, I've used kid-oriented apps quite a bit, and its nice when apps like this try to teach something. Kids ABC Letters seems effective for what it tries to accomplish.