Monsters? Good. Teaching your children the alphabet? Equally good. Both together? Marvelous. And that’s the idea behind Endless Alphabet.
It’s the work of publisher Callaway Digital Arts, which previously made the Monster at the End of This Book and Another Monster at the End of This Book apps for Sesame Street. They clearly have a liking for monsters.
In this case, a collection of colorful monsters are teaching phonics and words through a series of puzzles and animations, with more words to be added over time in updates to the app.
“Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate,” promises its App Store description. Good for impressing the grandparents…
We’ve been playing with the app tonight, and it has bags of character, not just with the monsters but with the talking letters who chatter away with their sounds as you drag them into place in the puzzles. Tapping on a ‘Word’ icon reads out the word and its meaning, which is helpful.
One quick note: this is American, so ‘odor’ may require a quick explanation to British children.
Endless Alphabet is currently a free download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, although it’s only free for a limited time, so will become a paid app at some point.