Name Play by Seven Academy is an app that targets preschool aged children on iOS to teach them a variety of reading and writing exercises through play. There are eight games in all that teach items like how to spell your name, or other friends and family, a spelling board (similar to the magnets you would see on a refrigerator), sorting and recycling of your lunchbox after eating, drawing supplies from a pencil box that require you to pick the child’s name from a field of objects, letter tracing, and more! The app meets common core early learning standards in the United States and teaches basic phonics and letter sounds as well as fine motor skills like tracking. The app is certified COPPA compliant as well.
Children can play with either uppercase or lowercase letters and all names are spelled with a capital at the beginning. There is a parental dashboard where a parent can enter additional names of friends, see the various activities your child has completed as well as pick and choose which games your child can learn with. As your kids complete each activity more are unlocked and they can decorate their locker and have additional art items and games. I liked that you could choose the activities as they unlock – my son in particular had trouble controlling the snake so I turned him off. I also liked how strong the parental gate was – it required a multiplication problem. My son loved decorating his locker as he mastered the games.
The eight games are:
- Pencil case – school supplies are scattered on a table and the child has to pick from them to find the ones with the correct name on them. The name is spelled on the pencil case at the bottom they are putting the supplies into
- Notebook – this is an area where kids can write their names in lowercase and uppercase letters using a variety of colors. This shows progression over time as the name becomes neater using a screen capture and you can flip back and forth on pages to see how penmanship and writing has improved.
- Video game – portable video game console which has children capturing letters to spell out various items
- Hungry Snake – The user steers the snake to the letters in their name by controlling it
- Letter Invasion – find the letters that make up your name
- Magnetic Board – Letters are scattered on the table and they must be placed in the right order to form a child’s name
- Lunch Box – The child looks within the box and “eats” their lunch. They must sort the objects into either waste or recycling
- Safe – Using a color combination the safe can be locked and unlocked where kids can place their objects inside the locker
- Washing Machine – Children sort items as well as clean them up
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if you could unlock all the games at the beginning rather than having to complete some of the activities. My son also wanted to take a picture of himself and put it inside his locker as well. I’d also like to see some reports about what activities my son completed in the parental dashboard.
Overall, this is a great app that teaches letter recognition, ability to write your own name using a variety of fun interactive games as well as your friends. The app is engaging to children and helps with foundation skills that are very important in late preschool and early elementary school.
Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit
by EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $1.99 USD
With its play environment that reflects that of a school and many personalizable components, Name Play will motivate children to explore 8 reading and writing exercises in comfort and style. Turn off .
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.