This week in children's apps features My A-Z, an app for building reading and writing skills, with the added ability to create your own alphabet cards, complete with audio. Also out this week is Planes - Byron Barton, which shows children all the different ways we interact with planes.
Title: My A-Z
Publisher: Night &Day Studios
Release date: March 2, 2012
Background: The player begins building their ability to read and write by learning the letters in their name and their surrounding environment (S is for Salt, M is for Mommy, B is for butterfly). Players can create their own, individual alphabet cards. Photos can be taken and sounds recorded: for example, you can take a picture of the dog and record his bark for the letter D.
Features: Includes a basic set of words and pictures, cards can be emailed and their colors schemes changed.
Title: Planes - Byron Barton
Publisher: Oceanhouse Media
Release date: March 14, 2012
Background: Children interact with the different ways we use airplanes in this app: from crop dusters to seaplanes, passengers to clouds, many objects can be moved around with the touch feature.
Features: Realistic sound effects, individual words may be highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when touched. Professional narration.