Name: Noodle Words
Fee or Free: 1.99 at time of review
Rated: 4/5 stars
Noodle Words presents early learners with 18 verbs in action. Two adorable bugs introduce one word at a time bysaying it out loud, then the word performs the action the word names. The graphics are top rate, well executed, and brightly colored. Highly motivational, the bugs and the actions are certain to elicit children's giggles. The more each word is tapped the more action the user generates. Tapping the word dance makes all the letters dance to a snappy instrumental. Consistently tapping the word grow makes a vine grow all over the page.
What would make this 5 stars? More words. I know these apps are expensive to make but I would rather have more words at a higher price. As an educator I also want to know why these specific words were chosen. For beginning readers the words have nothing in common other than they are verbs. High frequency words that beginning readers are likely to see a lot in their reading such as eat and run, are accompanied by sparkle and stretch - words that young readers are not likely to see until second grade.
Putting that aside the app was rated among the Best Apps for Children - End of the Year Edition by the New York Times as well winning a KAPi (Kids at Interactive Play) award from Children's Technology review.