There are plenty of ways to learn how to pronounce new vocabularies, but grouping words that rhyme in a single word family is widely considered as one of the easiest. For example, knowing that ‘spice’, ‘rice’, and ‘twice’ rhyme with ‘ice’ may help kids to recall how they pronounce the more familiar word in the family.
Rhyming Bus is a recently released app in that aims to help kids learn rhyming words and word families. It features a cute yellow dinosaur, named Dubdub, who drives around town to look for passengers with words that rhyme with the word written on the side of his bus.
Choose the Animals to Ride on the Bus
When you start playing, you will immediately see Dubdub pulling over to pick up passengers. You will also see six animals who each has a labeled card on its back. Your job is to read (or listen to) the word written on the side of the bus and identify which four passengers have words that rhyme with yours written on their backs. When you’ve done that, you can move on to pick up the next wave of passengers.
When you have completed all the rhyming challenges, you will see an animation of Dubdub’s adventure. There are six different animations in all that are played randomly. After you’ve watched the animation, you’ll be presented with a detailed report showing how well you performed and where you made a mistake, if any.
Parents Need to Know
As a parent, you can choose whether your child should play with 5, 10, or 15 word families in a single seating. You can also choose which narration you’d like to hear: US child or UK child, and which skyline you’d use as the activity background: London or New York.
Rhyming Bus can be played without an Internet connection. It doesn’t include any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. As a parent, you can choose to share the report generated from this app via email.
Things I Like
Among the many different options that you can set in Rhyming Bus, my favorite setting is to include both symbol and text for each word. The first setting allows me to see both the word and the Widget symbol that accompany the word. This helps kids to understand new words, such as grating or aching, when they see them in the options. If you’re not familiar with the Widgit symbols, they are created to illustrate a single concept in a clear, concise, and universal way. As of today, there are already more than 12,000 symbols supporting 17 different languages.
The other thing that I appreciate is its clear and detailed reporting. After each session, you can see a report showing how well you have performed and where you made any mistakes (if any). This allows you to focus on the areas you should help your kids with.
Rhyming Bus is a fun rhyming app for kids ages 4+ to practice identifying word families based on their rhymes. With three difficulty levels, support for Widgit symbols, and various reward animations, Rhyming Bus provides an environment where kids can easily learn new words in a really fun way.
Get Rhyming Bus on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.