ACE Edutainment Apps Inc. announces the release of Spelling Bug Hangman 2.5, an update to their successful Apple and Android educational app recently mentioned in Best Apps For Kids, with 4 stars rating average on the app store, and over 60.000 downloads so far. Based on the internationally recognized Phonics learning method, the app helps kids develop their spelling skills by guessing letters to complete words. This new version includes an easy to navigate user interface. Complete with two couches to choose from as guides.
“We designed version 1.0 to encourage parents playing with their kids and help them learn how to build words, but we soon realized that parents wanted their kids to be more independent.” said Charine Gey Van Pittius, founder of Ace Edutainment Apps. “In Spelling Bug Hangman version 2.0, we added default settings and couches so that kids can start a game immediately, responding to the requests of busy parents, and allowing children to play and learn independently.”
Even before the update Spelling Bug Hangman was recognized as a fun version of the classic game. More than 60% of the children playing the game are returning users. Spelling Bug Hangman is a high quality app that is versatile and easy to use. The app includes options for several levels and over a hundred different word lists, as well as the capability to add words of your own choosing. Game play is rewarded with coins that can be used to purchase various types of hints to use as the game gets more difficult.
“Spelling Bug Hangman is an outstanding app for basic spelling practice.” said Sandra Fleming, educational reporter for Best Apps for Kids. “The game is motivating, and it’s wonderful that parents or teachers have the capability of entering individualized spelling lists and recording the spoken cues as desired.”
The game is played like the traditional paper-and-pencil hangman game, but has a few unique twists of its own. The goal is to hatch a cocoon into a butterfly. Incorrect letter choices cause a hungry bug to munch on the leaf holding the cocoon, and correct letters help the caterpillar to grow until it finally hatches and flies away. The levels of difficulty match each player’s skills level. Correctly spelled words (or even attempts!) earn coins that can be exchanged for various types of hints including a spoken version of the target word, picture clues, additional guesses, and more.
The game includes access to a “casual” list of easy words (14 levels with ten words each) and phonetically organized word lists from first or second grade curriculums (40 lists of ten words each at each grade level). When combined with the capability to add individualized word lists, the app is quite versatile. It also keeps minimal records for students, showing which word lists and which levels have been accessed and accomplished.
To create an enjoyable experience, the app now includes even more sounds and animations and, in particular, animated couches to encourage kids while they play. “When we designed the app, we also wanted to include as much fun as possible because, as all parents know, fun educational apps are the most successful with kids.” Charine Gey Van Pittius said.
Spelling Bug Hangman is $2.99 in the App Store, on Google Play and in Amazon, and will be very useful for general spelling practice, phonics review, and individualized spelling practice for young elementary students as well as those with special needs or students learning English as a second language.
Screenshots, video and more information are available on the Spelling Bug Hangman Product Website.
About Ace Edutainment Apps
Ace Edutainment Apps are made by teachers! We understand that not all kids learn in the same way but we know that all kids like to play! Our Phonics Applications are carefully made to expand and enhance what your child learns in school. Word lists are carefully woven into engaging gameplay apps that give your child hours of meaningful fun.
We understand that some kids need a little help when it comes to spelling and others need more stimulation because they are ahead of their classmates. Our apps adapt to kids´ skill levels. You and your child will have fun following kid friendly progress graphs and graphics in each app. We work with kids every day. App building is absolutely the best way for us to present our lessons in an enjoyable way!