Kids select a letter from Starfall ABCs main page and watch it make a grand entrance (Vs are vacuumed in, and Ts come in on a train). The starring letter is sounded out, and several screens follow with images of objects or animations featuring things that start with the letter (pink pigs, zigzags). Many letters are supported by games, of matching letters or selecting the letter that doesn't belong (F, f, or x?). Kids also can place letters in the right order to form a word and have it sounded out slowly. A silly tone keeps interest high. For example, turtles play tunes at the end of a train.
Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences. It's an attractive, colorful, and in-depth introduction to the alphabet.
Starfall's free website is well-respected for its learn-to-read activities, and Starfall ABCs is one portion of the site. Because iOS devices are not Flash-enabled and the ABC portion of the website requires Flash, kids can't play these games for free through the browser on an iPad or other iOS device. Teachers will have to weigh the convenience of the mobile version against the price if classes have access to both computers and iOS devices.
Starfall ABCs could be a great way to introduce your whole class to a letter of the day or week. Kids can view the pictures and animations with you demonstrating the activities or calling on volunteers to complete them. Kids also can work individually on teacher-assigned or self-chosen letters. They may enjoy copying the premise of Starfall ABCs to create their own pictures and songs to teach a letter to their peers, which would further reinforce learning.