Learning to spell can be boring for some kids. That's why I welcome any kind of spelling games with a fresh approach. One app that I recently discovered and liked is Trilo Spelling. In the app, kids solve phonics-based challenges to unveil magical stories.
Solve Challenges, Gain Plane Fuels, Collect Puzzle Pieces, and Unveil the Magical Stories
In Trilo Spelling, kids play as a funny zombie named Frank, and are accompanied by Spooka the friendly ghost. After selecting a difficulty level, they will jump straight into the enchanting world of Trilo to solve challenges, gain plane fuels, and collect puzzle pieces.
Each level contains 5 different games, and each game has 10 challenges. Solving each challenge allows kids to collect plane fuel. When they have enough plane fuel, they can fly to the next part of the island to collect puzzle pieces. Once they have gathered all the pieces, they will learn of the story behind the puzzle.
In the first game of each level, kids are tasked to listen to a word then spell it by tapping the letters in the correct order. A narrator pronounces each letter sound as it is tapped. Next, they are challenged to identify the image that represents the word spelled by the narrator. For example, the narrator may say something like 'print', and they must choose one among six images that corresponds best with the word 'print'.
In the following game, kids are again asked to spell the word said by the narrator. But this time they must finish building the word before the timer runs out. Should they need to listen to the word again, they can tap on the sound icon on the image to replay the narration.
Parents Need to Know
Trilo Spelling was developed and tested in collaboration with US elementary schools' teachers and students. It includes all five stages of spelling development. Kids start with the short vowel sounds with 3-letter words (CVC), such as "bus" and "run", then move on to consonant digraphs, such as "shop" and "bath", and floss rule, which would double a consonant at the end of a syllable word, for example, "hall" and "jazz". The more advanced levels in the game include letter blends, for example "swim" and "fast".
The game is suitable for kids ages 4+ who want to improve their spelling skills. It works without an Internet connection, and doesn't include any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
Trilo Spelling is consistent with its phonics-based approach. Throughout the game, kids can listen to the narrator blend each letter sound to spell a word. This repetitiveness is useful for drilling the concept of phonics-based spelling into the child.
The game also offers a large vocabulary for kids to practice with. When I asked my six-year-old son to give the app a try, he learned several new words, such as crisp, gasp, and puff. What I also like is that when replaying a level, the game always provides a new set of words. This prolongs the game's life considerably.
Trilo Spelling offers a good amount of practice for kids ages 4+ to improve their spelling skills. All the challenges are accompanied with phonics-based narration. The app includes a large vocabulary, so kids can learn plenty of new words.
App was provided for our honest review.