Friday, 12 September 2014

Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip and Kipper 3DS Game

This game releases today and I must say I love how it encourages my youngest to learn, he is much more reluctant compared to his brother to sit still as he wants to learn in his own way.

Usually making things or finding things, but sometimes I would love him to work on his letters and start his journey to read and spell in a structured way.  Fortunately this game appealed to him because it made learning seem more fun and he was willing to spend some time getting to grips with it.  He enjoyed having his brothers watchful eye giving him a little help when needed.

It helps that it is very encouraging; whenever you finish a section you get a jigsaw piece to complete a picture.  The additional motivation of lots of excellent/good messages too, helped him feel he was doing a brilliant job and gave him the confidence to carry on with his learning.

There are plenty of different sections to complete, books to read, sounds to practise and some spelling to try.  We reviewed volume 1 but the game does have another two volumes so you can progress on nicely after finishing the first.  I like that the game covers a range of skills not just reading.  My eldest is an exceptionally strong reader but his spelling needs more refinement, a game like this seems to offer the full package developing ability across reading, writing and spelling.

Also everyone loves the characters Biff, Chip and Kipper because many schools have the books for children to read featuring them.  They can identify with the characters but seeing them on the 3DS makes it feel like indulgent screen time with the extra bonus of all the interactive features.

You can download the game onto your 3DS through the Nintendo eShop for £19.99 or alternatively buy a physical copy of the game (its only £17.99 in Game at them moment).  I can see me wanting to add the other volumes to our collection.

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