What we love…

Yet another top app by Learning Touch for pre-readers to learn letter recognition with fun animations and sound effects.

What we’d love to see…

More active animations upon completing a word successfully and maybe a score-chart to keep track of progress.


An entertaining yet educational way for kids to recognise letters in a fun (and not scary) Halloween theme!

Our Rating

Learning Touch are well known for their series of educational apps designed for kids learning to read to help them recognise letters, learn the names of letters and how to say them and also how to spell some words. The Halloween version is just one of many from their great range which also includes FirstWords: Vehicles, Animals, Shapes and even various languages.

FirstWords: Halloween, reviewed on an iPad 2, features fun illustrations and entertaining sounds focused on a Halloween theme and includes objects and costumes such as a witch, hat, pumpkin and many more. The game is easily navigable by kids aged 2+. The simple gameplay allows the user to press and drag letter tiles to the appropriate spot to spell the word relating to the picture. Upon pressing the letter, the user is told the name of the letter and once the entire word has been made, the letters are repeated in order and the word is read out to them. They can also hear the word by pressing the picture. Once the word has been solved, the next frame appears automatically.

The navigation buttons while the game is in play are mostly transparent and unobtrusive which thankfully makes them unappealing to little fingers. There are settings within the game to change from Letter Names to Phonics, adjust the length of the words, deactivate the hints, turn the voice off and several more options to keep kids challenged and engaged. The repetitive nature of the FirstWords games is a bonus as it makes a great learning tool for pre-readers.

When I received my first iPhone back in 2009, one of the very first apps I downloaded was [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/firstwords-deluxe/id337462979?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”FirstWords: Deluxe” text=”FirstWords: Deluxe”] and it was a favourite of my then 2 year old and is now a favourite of my 2.5 year old too (and it taught me what a zamboni was!). They both managed to pick up the concept of the game very quickly with hardly any prompting. This game is simple enough for those in a similar age group yet the options available make it challenging enough to keep kids a little older interested as well. This makes the app even more appealing and definitely worth the cost.

What I would have liked to have seen was more active animations upon completing a word successfully and maybe a score-chart to keep track of progress but regardless, I have no hesitations in recommending FirstWords: Halloween or any app from the FirstWords range to those who want to put their kids in touch with learning (thanks Learning Touch!) while getting in the spirit of the spooky season.

First Words Halloween
First Words Halloween
by Learning Touch LLC

Category: Games, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 21.08 MB


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The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.

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