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Big Bird's Words … A Sesame Street App
Sesame Street, best for ages 4-6, 99 cents, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 4)
Big Bird takes your child on a treasure hunt to find words in your house. After playing an "Eye-Spy" game in an on-screen grocery store, Big Bird gives the player a list of food words to find, using his "Word-o-Scope" — a fancy name for turning on the camera of the device. Kids scour their own house to find the words using the camera feature. The app magically recognizes the word, sparkles and says it out loud. Currently, the app has only one word list, so a limited number of words is taught.
Why this app excites kids about reading: Kids love using the camera feature to capture words. They become active learners when they hunt for words such as "cereal," and will have to study the word so as to recognize it after running into the kitchen to photograph the word on a box.
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Source: USA Today