By now, you should be familiar with my belief that learning should be made as fun as possible. One of the most entertaining alphabet apps I’ve ever encountered is The Lonely Beast ABC, but today I just found another great app that kids ages 2+ would enjoy. Called Zooper ABC Animals, this brand new app introduces each letter through a poem, an animation, a tracing activity, a set of associated words, and a “behind-the-scene” video.
Interact, Trace, Guess, and Laugh
The first activity shown is the interactive poem. After listening to the narrator read the poem, you can interact with the animal on screen. For example, you can play with the apple-loving alligator or the hockey-playing hen. Simply tap the screen to watch a fun animation involving the animal.
When you tap the second activity icon on the top bar, you will be switched to the tracing activity. The app will show the uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter, alongside their respective tracing sequences.
In the third activity, you will be playing a guessing game. Several silhouettes will be shown, and you can tap them to view more objects with names that begin with the letter. For example, letter A may include silhouettes of an ambulance, apple, axe, and ant.
You can also learn about other animals that begin with the letter. For example, the letter D will have dinosaur, dolphin, deer, and duck in addition to the dancing dog. This means that there are hundreds of words that you can find spread across the 26 letters of the alphabet.
Parents Need to Know
The tracing activity in Zooper ABC Animals is not made for accuracy. Rather, it’s designed to keep things fun and exciting. The app provides a number sqeuence to guide your tracing, but it doesn’t detect whether you’re tracing the letter correctly or not. It’s more focused on showing you what the uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter are like, and delivering a unique experience by playing different sound effects for each letter.
Based on its contents, Zooper ABC Animals is more appropriate for kids ages 2+ who are learning the alphabet. If you want to give the app a try, there is a lite version available on the App Store.
Zooper ABC Animals works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. Do note that older devices, like my first generation iPad mini running iOS 7, may not be able to play the blooper videos.
Things I Like
There are plenty of things to like about Zooper ABC Animals. For example, I like the rhyming poems because they’re quite funny. They also bring a fun, light, and fresh approach to learning the alphabet.
I also like the blooper videos. I’d never thought the developers would go so far as to create “behind-the-scenes” animations. Creating 26 different animations is already an achievement on its own, but making one or more bloopers for each of them is an even greater achievement.
I like how the dog sings different songs in the blooper videos. The bee really likes getting screen time and keeps making cameo appearances in other animations. The frog family make a beautiful choir, and I really appreciate how the kitten band plays the ABC song with their instruments.
The developers also went into great lengths when it comes to the details of the app. The way the tracing icon is drawn, for example, shows a different set of strokes for different letters. When you start tracing, the app will play sound effects that highlight the object/animal represented by a letter. For example, while tracing the letter P you will hear the sound of a ping pong ball bouncing off the ping pong table.
Learning the alphabet should be a fun experience, and I believe Zooper ABC Animals has plenty of fun bits to keep kids ages 2+ engaged in the activities offered by the app. Animations and sound effects are maximized to bring a joyful experience. If you’ve been looking for an alphabet app that can deliver more than just a list of animals, fruits, and common vocabularies, I’d recommend Zooper ABC Animals.
App was provided for our honest review.