if you have a toddler you know what Word World is – a tv show where all of the characters and objects are composed of their words. The series also has mobile apps and Windows Phones are the latest recipients of Word World games for toddlers. There are two games and I’ve already bought them so I can tell you a bit about them. The first is Build a Word.
It ’s time to Build A Word! Place letters in the outline provided to build a word one letter at a time. By pushing the letters of each word together, words will " morph " into WordFriends! DOG, DUCK, PIG, ANT, FROG, BUG, COW, CAT, SHEEP and BEE come to life, engaging children to build early literacy skills. WordWorld, an Emmy award winning television series funded in part by the Department of Education, has been shown to significantly improve early literacy skills.
The way it works is that random letters appear on the screen and in order you need to pic the letters to spell the word. Then you get to squish them together and it makes the word and you get some fun animations. It’s very well put together. The only downside is the limitations – those words that they list are the only words in the game so that’s it. If your child loves the series or you want them to learn those words it is a nice game though.
The second game is The Big Race and it’s a mix between an ebook and a game:
Pig, Sheep, Duck, and Frog race to Mystery Island. Each builds a word to go faster, but none of their WordThings can help them cross the water. What word must they build to win the race? WordWorld, an Emmy award winning television series funded in part by the Department of Education, has been shown to significantly improve early literacy skills, including print awareness, letter knowledge, and comprehension. Education Letters: a b c e i k o r s t u Problem solving; competition and cooperation
You read along with them and as the story line goes on you need to spell the items the story line needs. Again, it’s fun but limited on the number of variables. You can read along with it and tap a word to hear that individual word so it’s a nice educational tool.
They’re both $1 and I think they’re worth the price. There’s no trial though so you should understand the limitations to these games. Still, it’s a popular series and the titles are fun. I don’t mind $1 to have my kids reading but there are certainly better bangs for a buck out there.