What is it
Hairy Phonics 2, from Nessy, develops phonemic awareness. Children chose a phoneme/ sound (there are 9 to choose from): ai, ay, ea, i.e., oa, oi, oo, oy. They are then given various ways to see, hear and write them.
Each phoneme has an engaging animation which introduces the sound in context. Children are then given the opportunity to trace the letters that make the phoneme – they need to drag the little hairy character to the green flag. There is also a game where children are presented with a word containing their chosen phoneme, the word is broken up and they have to rebuild it (if they are struggling they can click on the yeti who will say the word aloud again.)
Each time a sound is completed, the children earn fire nugget to melt the ice that contain Hairies…when they have completed they are rewarded with the ultimate Hairy prize of a giant Hairy Character!
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"The little boy Hairy is really cute!" - Boy aged 5
"Can I keep on playing mummy?" - Boy aged 4
- Develops phonemic awareness
- Encourages children to write letters accurately
- Encourages children to segment and rebuild words
What our experts think
Hairy Phonics is a lovely educational app which combines learning and fun. The app is great for developing phonemic awareness; we love the way children can see, hear and write the phonemes (sounds). The video clips for each sound were a great addition as they enabled children to see the words in context (and they made our little testers giggle!)
We liked the ease of use of the app and the way in which children could navigate it themselves.
Releasing the Hairies was a great motivational tool and it made the children want to continue playing so that they could release another one.
It would be even better if...
Whilst there are no links out of the app of any kind (no web links, no links to more apps, no adverts, no adverts) that require a parent gate, we would like to have seen a parent gate to prevent children from accidentally resetting progress.
It would also have been better if you can set up multiple user profiles so different family members could play.
Although for those new to phonemes this provided a good level of challenge, others whizzed through these quickly. We’d have liked more phonemes – so our little testers could carry on playing and learning! Although of course the apps Hairy Phonics 1 and 3 cover more phonemes.
- Brands: Nessy
- Key Features:
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Partly - some unrestricted links
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 6.0 or later
- Android version: 2.3 and up
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: English
Learning to read
Learning to write
Speech, language and communication skills