Frugoton City Letters – Education and Fun for Kids by FRUGOTON – Review
Frugoton City Letters by Frugoton is a iPad app designed to help children identify letters, recognize sounds, trace letters and solve a variety of mini games and puzzles. This app, designed for preschoolers and early elementary school aged children integrates common core early learning standards combines letters with spoken words and memory training. The app practices letter shapes, association of letters with their sound, tracing as well as requiring them to “find an object” that begins with a specific letter. Skills targeted include receptive and expressive language, fine motor skills as well as memorization. In addition, the app introduces reading, writing (via tracing letters) as well as city vocabulary. The app features 72 levels of tracing as well as 350 levels of educational mini games. Frugton designs apps for young children aged one through six that align with common core learning standards.
Our favorite part of the app was the observation game which required you to find specific letters in the city. It was nice as the app included a visual as well as a spoken cue to remind children of what letters they should be looking for to go with the sound. We also liked the “I spy” game which required a user to find a specific object that began with a spoken letter – it was great that the app would provide a hint as well as allowing you to tap on the little boy to hear the sound again. If you got the answer wrong multiple times, the app would encourage you to “try again”. The tracing section worked equally well with either a stylus or your finger to trace the letter and used red dots to encourage proper letter formation. The app had bright and engaging colors that encouraged children to use it and interact as well with the different objects to hear pronunciation and testing out all of the different items that you could touch and learn from.
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if the app included a tracking mechanism to understand what areas your child has worked on as well as a multi-user capability allowing them to pick up where they had previously played. In addition, for some of the games especially if you have younger children it might be nice to reduce the number of objects on the screen so as not to overwhelm them with choices.
The app is free with an in-app purchase for additional content, I would suggest that if your child likes the app it is worth the additional $1.99 in-app purchase to gain all the content as the free content is fairly limited. My review is of the entire app, not just the free content. The app has a parental lock which requires a person to pick a specific color and hold it for three seconds before bringing you to the parent section.
Frugoton City Letters - Education and Fun for Kidsby FRUGOTON
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI
Size: 62.11 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.