What is it
Name Play contains eight games designed to encourage play with names. Learning to read and write their first name is a key step in a child’s journey to becoming an emergent reader. The app features a school themed play environment and is designed to motivate the child to explore reading and writing.
There are several activities for children to explore, plus they can have a go on the typewriter and move around the school to see what they find (watch out for the naughty parachutist!).
Parents can track progress and add extra names on the parental dashboard. The app also connects to an Apple Watch, which lets parents send positive reinforcement while children play.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"These are my letters." - Girl aged 3
"Look mum, I can spell my name." - Girl aged 4
"This worm game is great, what a wiggly worm." - Boy aged 3.5
- Encourages children to recognise their own name and the names of others
- Allows children to practise writing
- Demonstrates the use of upper and lower case letters
What our experts think
Name Play is a great app for teaching children how to recognise and spell their own names (and the names of their friends and family). Parents will really appreciate the information given at the start – it was very clear and made using the app simple. Our little testers really liked the personalisation element, and this provided a good opportunity for free play.
The developers have thought very hard about providing a range of opportunities for children to practise their skills (this is an important element of learning) – we particularly liked the retro style games! There was a lot of variety to engage and motivate children to learn and continue playing.
It would be even better if...
Some of the items in the locker weren’t interactive – this frustrated some of our testers as they expected everything to do something.
- Brands: Edoki Academy
- Key Features:
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
- Android version: 2.3 and up
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Identity, awareness & belonging
Learning to read
Learning to write
Personal, social & emotional development
Speech, language and communication skills