Reviewed by Alison
Eat Salad! by Mofables is an universal app designed to help children with word spelling, recognition, and memorize new words. The app features a little boy named Penn and is broken into three sections to help children play, learn and memorize new words using phonetic spelling and pronunciation. The “play” section helps children in specific social situations like a restaurant and how to act in the situation. There are ten different situations contained within the app. The “learn” section pronounces a word, and the user has to pick specific letters to spell the word correctly. The “memorize” section features a picture and the user has to select the right word to go with the picture like “mom” or “kid”. After completing each set of activities, the user is rewarded with praise and a screen of bubbles. There are approximately 30 activities to be completed throughout the app. The app is best suited for emerging readers, preschoolers and early elementary aged children.
The app is brightly colored, the words are engaging and my son seemed to enjoy playing with it. I also liked that the app reminded him daily that new words were available encouraging him to go back to it over and over again. The mini games such as swallowing in the play section made learning fun although it was helpful for me to explain to my son how to shake the iPad gently versus shaking it hard.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to be able to turn off the background music as my son found it a bit distracting at times while playing with the app. I’d also like the option in the “for grownups” section to shut off the splash screen advertising other apps – which is protected via a finger swipe. In the memorize section, when the correct answer is circled, it would be nice if the app would repeat the correct answer and encircle the entire word not just a portion of it. In the “learn” section it would also be nice to have the option for a visual to go with the word – such as leg.
This is a fun app to help children with pre-reading and early reading skills. The app makes it fun for children to interact in a variety of settings and does not require them to engage for too long which is perfect for shorter attention spans.
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