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Elmo Loves ABCs

Learn about letters with Elmo!

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+

About Elmo Loves ABCs

Elmo Loves ABCs app is very appealing for young children, thanks to its big collection of songs, videos, and games, with an emphasis on helping children learn to identify letter names (uppercase and lowercase) and letter sounds, and form letter shapes.

Teacher Review

Since nearly every child loves Elmo, no matter what cognitive level they are, they will enjoy interacting with Elmo in this app. However, if your child has no or very little letter/sound knowledge you will need to work on this app with your child. If your child does not have prior letter knowledge, this is not an app that you can just let your child explore and play on their own. There is no "hints" or "helps" when the child gets an answer wrong so if the child does not have any prior knowledge or skills they will get frustrated. No reading skills are necessary, but because of this the app does rely heavily on auditory processing.

When working with children 4-5 years old with Down syndrome we found that we often had to repeat the directions for the child. This is a great app to use with your child to help teach them their letters and letter sounds. Through this app children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different activities involving letters and their sounds. The activities included in this app are identifying letters, identifying objects based on their beginning sounds, tracing upper and lower case letters, coloring pictures, uncovering hidden pictures, watching videos about objects based on the beginning sounds, and listening and watching a variety of different ABC songs/videos.

The tracing activities require pretty good fine motor skills (doesn't allow much room for error), but if your child is not ready for that skill yet you can just bypass that activity. The app uses a mix of symbol pictures as well as real life pictures. The students we worked with on this app loved all of the music that is incorporated throughout the app's activities. There are not different levels/settings in this app, therefore the child's cognitive level will determine the amount of information they will learn from the app. The wide variety of activities available for every letter of the alphabet makes it a fun and new experience every time!

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App Details


iPad, iPhone



Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


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Fun and educational games, activities, and videos that help teach your child about letters, letter sounds, and words!

Elmo loves this app! It has songs and videos about letters. It has coloring pages and games about letters. It has all the letters from A to Z! Elmo even made a new alphabet song for it. Elmo thinks it’s the best ABC app ever! Come on, explore the alphabet with Elmo! (If you enjoy learning your ABCs, you’ll love learning your 123s! Check out “Elmo Loves 123s” in the App Store! )

• Slide, sweep, swipe, touch, trace and dig to discover over eighty classic Sesame Street clips, seventy five Sesame Street coloring pages, and four different ways to play hide and seek!
• Touch and trace your favorite letter to unlock its surprises.
• Tap on the star button to discover even more letter activities.
• Personalize by adding your own photos and videos to the game.
• ABCs tracker for grown-ups to see how your child is doing.
• Ability to purchase even more great letter content and holiday surprises.

• Letter identification (uppercase and lowercase)
• Letter sounds
• Letter tracing
• Art and creativity
• Music appreciation

• If you wish to personalize Elmo Loves ABCs by adding your own content, remember to complete all the fields: name, recording, photo, and video! If you do not have all four, your content will not appear in the game.
• PLEASE NOTE: Personalized photos and videos, are not backed up to the device library. To save or access this content, use the device's camera to create your content.
• Your videos must be in "Photos" (your device’s photo library) on your device or they will not be accessible by the game.
• To upload video into the "Photos" folder using iTunes, connect your device and click on the "Photos" tab. Click on the "sync photos from" box, and use the drop down menu to choose the folder that your videos are in. Make sure that you have the "include videos" box checked before you sync. If you are using a Mac, you may also use Photos to sync your videos under the pictures tab. Again, just make sure you have the "include videos" box checked.

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