ABC Spy Phonics HD by Stealth Education (iPad)
Released: Apr 11, 2012
Version: 1.0
Size: 27 MB
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ABC Spy Phonics HD

Stealth Education
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ABC Spy Phonics challenges children to create their own phonics experience by taking photos for 15 key letter sounds and combinations: take a photo, choose a frame, give it a name. Then make a movie of all your photos to share with friends and family.

This app delights early readers because it makes learning phonics really fun – and your child will remember what they learn because they’re taking photos of the things and people around them.

Kids love taking photos on the iPad and now they can put these photos to good use – download ABC Spy Phonics now and watch them laugh AND learn!

‘Simon Spider’ helps with handy hints – “We switch these on when it gets dark…” - and if they get stuck they can always choose one of the photos provided in the app.

There’s a selection of frames for their photos and our easy to use editor lets the child get it looking just how they want it. Trophies are awarded for achievements, and the stats screen provides handy progress information.

The most exciting part comes when they're ready to share their work – tap the 'Make a film' button to generate a movie that can be shared with friends and family and even put on YouTube. Just wait till you see the look of pride on their face when their work is online for everyone to see!

"If you are looking for something to keep the kids busy while giving them a great learning experience, then this is it. Fantastic!"

"I love this app - and what's more, so do my kids! It works at a level to suit all of the (boys aged 3, 5 and 7) and is proving highly addictive! A great app!"

"This is a fantastic game for practicing photographic skills, and learning literacy skills such as your abc and spelling... Easy to use, intuitive and great fun. Completely worth the price."

ABC Spy is about

• Playful, creative learning – this is GREAT FUN!
• Exploring – taking a closer look at the world through a literacy lens
• Dialogue – talking with your child about what they’re thinking and doing
• Choice – letting your child direct their own learning
• Pride – children enjoying their achievements and sharing their work


• Beautiful, intuitive design and fantastic audio
• Easy to use photo editor
• Handy hints from Simon Spider
• Trophies for achievements
• ‘Make a film’ feature captures child’s work in easy to share video
• Stats for parents to show progress and time spent playing

ABC Spy has been developed with the input of internationally respected education, childhood development and gaming experts. Here's what they say about it:

"ABC Spy puts a creative tool in the hands of the child and allows the adults to get out of the way. It gives the child choice - an opportunity to be creative; they're directing their own learning."

Prof Mark Alter, Professor of Educational Psychology, New York University

"ABC Spy has the potential to create rich opportunities for dialogue between a child and their parent or teacher; it allows the child to lead, focuses on their world and makes reading relevant and engaging… the 'show and tell' aspect is very compelling, and made all the more powerful with the 'Make a film' element'."

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education (Literacy) The Open University

“ABC Spy brings the ABC book format to the YouTube generation. It gives kids the freedom to create their own visual alphabet by enabling them to add their own content. The game element is fun and relevant, and to my mind more likely to achieve a more engaged learning experience.”

Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President Eidos
Our verdict: Ok
  • = ABC Spy Phonics HD has average ratings (3-star).
  • + The app is free.
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