Words with Ibbleobble

Category: English / Literacy

Ages: 5-7
Price: iPhone/iPad - Paid

This is a wonderfully designed app from developer KidDotCo that has already received a number of awards. The idea of the app is to encourage young people to learn new words, increasing their vocabulary in a fun and interactive way. The app encourages children to make progress at their own pace and this is something that is welcomed in a market where apps usually control the pace regardless of the user. There is a lot of content in the app and it is certainly value for money.

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Teacher Review

This is a really well designed and thought-out app that aims to help young children widen their vocabulary and increase their communicative skills. It is aimed at children who can already read and for those who are seeking to utilize these reading skills to extend their vocabulary. I would, therefore, recommend the app for children in year 2 onwards. 
 
The app is incredibly easy to use and has a slick design, which adds to the learning experience the app provides. It is clear to see from the developers’ website that they are very knowledgeable at creating and developing apps for this age range. Some of their other apps include maths-based content, as well as apps based on sequences and patterns. The design profile for these apps is very similar, helping to build a
sense of familiarity for young people; helping them appreciate and understand the applications. The developers’ website is also a useful tool as it contains information on who they are, who to use the apps and a content filled blog. This is underlined by how easy the developers are to contact if you have a problem or question concerning any of their apps.
 
Once you open the app you are welcomed by a colourful home screen and information on how to access the content of the app. The pictures are clear and this really helps with the accessibility of the app itself. If you need the rules to the game, there is a button to click on to get this and then an option to contact the developer from the app. Again, this is via a different button on the screen. At the bottom of the
page, there is an ability to view the scoreboard, to set the difficulty and to learn a bit about the characters (or friends) who play an integral part throughout the app.
 
The middle of the home screen is where the main content of the app is and where 'friends' come into it too. The user scrolls along and selects a friend that they want to learn with. Each friend is different, not just in who they are, but also in the themes that they represent and the learning experience they give. For instance, Kelly, the Rabbit helps the user learn about ‘Holidays and Travel’, whilst Florence the Fox helps the user learn ‘All About Me’. Once the user has selected the friend they are going to learn with, they are taken to the main game part and the content of the app where a picture appears on the screen and then three descriptions underneath. The user must read the description and select the correct one. There are three difficulty options ranging from easy to medium and hard, which helps make this accessible to different learners, allowing them to move through the levels, demonstrating improvement.
 
Overall this is a great app for helping young learners to increase their vocabulary and make them more confident in their language skills.

From the Developer

Words with Ibbleobble is an incredibly fun word game that helps to teach children new words. The app will help develop children's vocabulary, increase communication skills, confidence and creativity. In addition, Ibbleobble's simplistic format is also an ideal solution for children on the autistic spectrum.

By joining their new friends in Ibbleobble – each child can choose a cute character companion who will guide them along their journey of learning. Each character is linked to seven essential, everyday categories, such as: ‘On the farm’, ’My home’ and ‘Shapes & colours’.

At Ibbleobble, we understand that everyone’s different, so our app allows young learners to progress at their own pace, or take a challenge against the clock!

The friendly, easy-to-use interface presents images of objects on-screen, allowing children to choose an answer from a multiple-choice list.

To recognise their hard work and achievement, children will collect their character’s favourite object as a reward. Whether it’s ginger biscuits for Fin the Hedgehog, or chocolate coins for Lola the Chicken, the more they achieve, the happier their companion will be!

Simple to understand gameplay
100s of different puzzles
Multiple choice answers
Repetition used to aid learning
7 different essential categories
Fantastic sounds and voice-over
Colourful, friendly characters
Outstanding, vibrant graphics

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In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No